Ladbrokes Poker Enhances $1,000,000 Main Event Bonus In Response to Harrah's WSOP Final Table Rescheduling

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In response to Harrah's historic decision to delay the final table of the 2008 WSOP Main Event from July to November, Ladbrokes Poker announced today that they'll be offering a revised bonus of up to a $1,000,000 sponsorship package to Team Ladbrokes players who reach the final table.

Harrah's decision to delay the Main Event Final Table by 117 days will provide all nine players with an unprecedented experience and opportunity to prepare for the Final Table.

In response to Harrah's historic decision to delay the final table of the 2008 WSOP Main Event from July to November, Ladbrokes Poker announced today that they'll be offering a revised bonus of up to a $1,000,000 sponsorship package to Team Ladbrokes players who reach the final table.

Ladbrokes Poker MD Edward Ihre commented: "Harrah's decision to delay the Main Event Final Table by 117 days will provide all nine players with an unprecedented experience and opportunity to prepare for the Final Table."

Since taking their first player to the WSOP in 2002, it has long been Ladbrokes Poker's ambition to deliver the winner of the Main Event, with 5th place in 2007 and 12th in both 2005 & 2006, being the Team's best results to date.

Edward continued, "Should any of the 100 European Players we are taking to Vegas this year make it to the Final Table, not only will they receive a guaranteed $250,000 sponsorship package which will include $100,000 of buy-ins in the 117 days, they will also receive the full support of Team Ladbrokes throughout the period, including coaching from the stable of Ladbrokes Sponsored Players, which includes Jon 'Skalie' Kalmar, who finished 5th in the Main Event in 2007 collecting $1,250,000."

On the delay of the final table, Skalie said, "I remember last year I had just two days to wait before the Final Table and the pressure was just about bearable. I can only imagine the pressure will be much greater this time round. To win the Main Event at the World Series is something every poker player dreams about. I am confident that some of the Team Ladbrokes players will again make this year's Top 100 and they WILL get more. All players who aspire to get a sponsorship and play poker for a living, now have a clear target of how they could get one."

"Team Ladbrokes has the resources and experience to help any of their players who make it to the Final Table. Last year, having friends and fellow pros on the rail encouraging me, helped me make the Final Table. This year I hope to do it for someone else and hopefully that will be a Team Ladbrokes member (unless I make it myself of course). And let's face it; a million bucks bonus isn't too shabby either."

In addition to the bonuses being offered for reaching the Final Table, Ladbrokes Poker are offering guaranteed bonuses to any of their players who finish in the Top 100:

Main Event Finishing Position    Sponsorship Package

1st                $ 1,000,000
2nd or 3rd     $ 500,000
4th to 9th      $ 250,000
10th to 27th $ 50,000
28th to 100th     2009 Ladbrokes WSOP Package

Ladbrokespoker.com Satellite schedule

Thursday - Tuesday
Buy in: $11 $11
Start times: Daily at 16:15, 17:15, 19:00, 21:30, 22:45.
Blind structures: Mixture of Rebuy, Turbo Rebuy, 2nd Chance Express.
GTD Seats: 1 GTD seat to the next Daily Final at 19:45.
Daily Final
Thursday - Tuesday
Buy in: $100 $9
Start time: Daily at 19:45 (GMT).
Blind structure: 15 Minute Blinds, 1 Rebuy and Add-On..
GTD Seats: 1 seat GTD to Wednesday's Weekly Final at 19:45.
Wednesday
Buy in: $100 $9
Start times: 19:00 (GMT).
Blind structure: 2nd Chance Express, 1 $100 rebuy in first 5 mins.
GTD Seats: 1 seat GTD to Weekly Final at 19:45
$1 Turbo Rebuy Super Sat into above at 17:15 Wednesday.
Weekly Final
Buy in: $1,000 $90
Start times: Every Wednesday at 19:45 (GMT).
Blind structure: 20 Minute Blinds,
GTD Seats: 1 x GTD $14,000 WSOP PACKAGE
Advertising covering note

Notes to editor

Due to the current Advertising Act S.33, Ladbrokes Poker is unable to advertise foreign gambling other than 'lottery' to EEA offline medias.

Our lawyer's arguments centre around whether the ancillary advertising of a WSOP seat as a prize is 'encouraging' an increase in the use of WSOP facilities as the real driver is encouraging play on the EEA based poker site

However, Ladbrokes can advertise foreign gambling (e.g. WSOP) to Non-UK offline media's as we are official partners with Harrahs for this years WSOP's in July

For further information, please click on the below link:

http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/client/mediadetail.asp?mediaid=322

For more information please contact:
Samantha Alleyne
PR Manager
07976 180 201
samantha.alleyne @ ladbrokes.co.uk

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