Ladbrokes Casino Provides Special OfferIn celebration of the launch of a brand new television advertisement the immensely popular UK gaming site, Ladbrokes Casino, has decided to share a bit of the excitement with potential members through a special introductory promotion.
The offer entails an entirely free £25 bonus to help brand new users to get a taste of the action at the virtual casino. There is no required deposit and the complementary money is automatically entered into new accounts as soon as the sign-up process is completed. Coupled with a fresh television advertisement promoting the site, Ladbrokes Casino seems to be aiming to pull in new visitors to take a spin on the network’s wide range of excellent games and services. The promotion also acts as a great way to provide incentive for existing members of Ladbrokes Poker or Bingo to sign up at the casino and branch out their gaming time at the sister site.
Ladbrokes Casino launched the special offer last Friday, April 17th and hasn’t announced plans for the end of its promotion as of yet, a sign that may mean the generous bonus will stick around for some time to come. With more and more online gaming options popping up as competition all the time, Ladbrokes may have hit on a great way to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack with the special £25 offer.
Party Poker Advertisement BannedYet another online gambling advertisement has been removed from broadcasting schedules as the ASA targeted Party Poker’s newest campaign spot. After an evaluation by the regulatory ASA committee the magazine ad was declared as misleading and was thus decided as worthy of banning from future use.
The massively popular UK poker site recently launched an advertisement campaign in promotion of its $2 million prize pool game. After the filing of a single public complaint, ASA investigators examined the ad’s questionable content, a phrase reading “Players win more at Party Poker” and a small piece of text stating the reference of “Poker Players Research Ltd. Opinion Poll, May 08, Sample size 10,000”. The ASA released a statement regarding their final verdict that explained the rationale behind the removal of Party Poker’s spot, citing the possibility that many readers would misinterpret the advertisement as concrete proof that Party Poker has the largest number of winners amongst competing sites while this ‘fact‘ is unsubstantiated.
The ASA is notoriously critical of even remotely questionable advertisement campaigns from the online gambling industry, hoping to combat addiction through rigorous screening and censoring programs. While many of the removed ads’ offensiveness may be fairly debatable the motive behind the work is often in the interest of gamers themselves, a fact made clear by the censure of Party Poker’s aforementioned ad.
Mansion Poker Expands Service to RussiaPremier internet poker service, Mansion Poker, has announced an expansion of their network intended to capture the interest of Russian players. The popular gaming site spoke to press regarding their release of additional platform programming that will offer a skin of every familiar feature and site bonus for Russian poker fans access.
The language options at Mansion Poker are already fairly robust but translation services have been geared primarily toward the European market until now. Mansion currently offers linguistic support for speakers of Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, French, German and English. While these options do cover a large portion of Europe, most areas further east in the continent have been left out of inclusion. Now the site will feature a Russian skin as well, allowing access to an enormous number of would-be registrants and players. Mansion Poker management hopes that Russia’s gambling enthusiasts will respond positively to their wealth of special rewards, tournaments and 100 percent sign-up bonus in the same manner as their other demographics, allowing the network to grow even more in the coming months.
Mansion Poker are one of the few European-centred poker sites aiming to take advantage of the Russian market, a population that has been mostly ignored despite the massive financial potential that can be gained by an intelligent approach to the business sector.
Meet the Stars with 888 Ladies Bingo and Pacific Poker888 Ladies Bingo continues to do its best to capture the attention of their demographic with their newest competition; a star-studded trip to Cannes. The “Win a Trip to Cannes” promotion has already kicked off and is unique in that it also caters to 888’s sister site, Pacific Poker.
Celebrity obsessed bingo players are sure to get excited about the 888 Ladies contest and they also enjoy an opportunity to enjoy their prize alongside a poker playing friend. The main reward is a vacation to the famous Cannes Film Festival where winners will be participating in the 888 Celebrity Charity Poker Challenge alongside film stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Entry is available by signing up at Pacific Poker and joining Poker Pals where they will receive a complementary 3,000 bingo points for supporting the poker site. Users will then be able to compete for a seat at the Cannes event and the grand prize of a £250,000 luxury villa.
The “Win a Trip to Cannes” promotion is open to both 888 Ladies Bingo and Pacific Poker members which definitely helps to make it into a great opportunity for fans of either game. The winner of the contest is allowed to bring a friend to the event so it’s a good time to be a duo of poker and bingo enthusiasts with a passion for gaming and travel.
Jesper Hougaard Wins PokerStars Sunday MillionJesper Hougaard has been making quite a splash throughout the poker world during the last few years, racking up high-profile wins and quite a reputation in the process. Now the Danish pro has done it again at the recent PokerStars Sunday Million event, taking home a massive cash prize and yet another title to add to his constantly improving reputation.
Hougaard is no stranger to the Sunday Million having won the title of tournament champion once before in April of last year. Although his recent win in this Sunday Million came at one of the few PokerStars events that failed to reach the $1.5 million prize pool, Hougaard did manage to take home a considerable reward for his stellar performance. He finished ahead of users with the handles “philipoo” and “praetoriancz”, ending up at the final table without having actually eliminated any other players throughout the rest of the game. Despite his cautious play, Hougaard entered into the final hands as the chip leader and beat philipoo after forcing his competitor into an all-in push for the victory.
For his troubles Hougaard walked away with $206,834.57 from the overall pot provided by PokerStars for the venerable tournament event. philipoo finished second with $174,580.93 and praetoriancz came in third with a still impressive $129,139.50. Hougaard made his mark against some 7,177 opponents registered at the Sunday Million, emerging as the champion after coming up through the daunting task of fighting off six other players with higher chip counts.
Chris Parker Signs on With Gala BingoSeptember continues to be a landmark month for Gala Bingo as they offer up great promotions, special events and now, a new addition to their line-up of celebrity guests. Chris Parker, the actor that rose to fame as part of the Eastenders cast has announced plans to join on with Gala in the launch of its brand new Gala Bingo TV show, “Soap Star Bingo Show”.
The former Eastender will be hosting a program specially designed to cater to bingo players that wish to combine their gaming with entertainment news from all of their favourite shows. Parker will host a weekly hour of programming wherein special guests from the world of soap will appear on the bingo show to be interviewed by the actor. Viewers will be able to send in text and emails to Parker and his weekly guest as well, meaning that aside from great bingo play, “Soap Star Bingo Show” will also provide an incomparable avenue for interacting with and resolving television questions from popular actors themselves.
Parker may have put his days playing Eastenders star Spencer Moon behind him but his celebrity should be enough of a reason for many interested viewers to tune into “Soap Star Bingo Show” this month. Gala will air the program every Friday of June at 8pm during Gala Bingo TV’s live broadcasting hours (from 6pm until 2am).
Foxy Bingo Searches for Next Dreamboy this Ladies DayWe’ve already provided details on the big events planned by Foxy Bingo in their effort to celebrate National Ladies Day (June 19th) but now the network has revealed even larger plans to go toward their party with the announcement of a search for the next addition to the Dreamboys team.
National Ladies Day will heat up even further with the Foxy-sponsored search for the next Dreamboy, providing chances for a hopeful young man and, of course, some extra entertainment for the ladies in attendance on June 19th. Each of the twenty participating Liquid nightclubs will host performances as well as the chance for women in the region to nominate their partner as the next Dreamboy. Three men from each of the included regions of the Ladies Day event will be chosen to participate in the show and perform with the popular group onstage at a Liquid venue.
Foxy Bingo will even be sponsoring one lucky fellow with the opportunity to prove his worth as a Dreamboy and sign on to the group with a twelve month contract. This latest move should help to ensure that Foxy Bingo’s National Ladies Day celebration makes for a fantastic party and an even more successful event. There are chances to win entry to the June party still on at Foxy Bingo along with tickets for sale at the website for between £5 and £7.
Gala Bingo Announces Closure of Additional ClubsThe last few years have seen numerous brick-and-mortar bingo clubs being forced to close their doors while businesses focus more on the increasingly profitable online renditions of their services. Perhaps the most popular of land-based bingo groups, Gala Coral, is now continuing forward with this trend in announcing the closure of even more clubs across the UK.
The company recently spoke to British press regarding plans to close six clubs in the near future while also considering selling off another 40 to 50 of their halls. The move would make approximately 200 positions at the club unnecessary and will lead to the loss of a staggering number of jobs across the nation. Gala Bingo representatives detailed the problem of continuing to operate land-based bingo halls in a financial climate that barely creates any profits from their existence. With borrowed operation funds reaching almost £8 billion even Gala, the largest bingo corporation in the UK, has been forced to make tough choices in regard to the historically profitable halls.
Numerous problems have contributed to the closure of so many brick-and-mortar bingo clubs but perhaps the most damaging has been the continued loss of revenue caused by the enactment of smoking bans in the United Kingdom. With the continuation of these issues we can expect Gala Coral to carry on in shutting down it’s previously booming clubs and refocus efforts to the growing business of online efforts such as Gala Bingo.
Foxy Bingo Spice up Gameplay with Site RevampMembers of the massively popular Foxy Bingo are in for a treat with the company’s announcement of revamped (and totally new) games on offer at the site. The addition of even more prize-guaranteed bingo rooms comes to the network alongside revamped daily, weekly and monthly events, promising fans even better times with their favourite bingo destination.
A lot of great new changes have already been instituted at Foxy Bingo gaming service beginning with the daily guarantees set each night of the week. Monday through Sunday will now feature regular gaming with cash awards ranging from a £500 guarantee for a stake of only 5p (on Sundays) to a massive £10,000 guarantee with the priciest stakes of the lot: £1 (on Saturdays). The last Friday of every month will also be hosting a £25,000 guaranteed bingo game as every Wednesday of the week is updated to become ‘prize day’, awarding one of three available iPods to winners based on the terms of their success (one line wins provide an iPod Shuffle, two line wins an iPod Nano and Full House Wins an iPod Touch).
There are innumerable changes to the revamped version of Foxy Bingo, all working toward making the site into the best possible choice for online bingo fans playing with the aim to win big cash prizes from their pastime. The dedication to improvement at Foxy Bingo is definitely a boon to fans of the site and makes it an excellent time to be a member of the virtual hall.
Full Tilt Pros Make Waves at 2009 WSOPOf all the high-profile poker teams in attendance at the event perhaps the most impact at this year’s World Series of Poker has been felt through the combined efforts of the Full Tilt Poker professionals. Known for attracting some of the best players in the game, Full Tilt Poker Pros have already managed to pick up six bracelets at just over the halfway point of the 2009 WSOP.
Russian member, Vitaly Lunkin came first in Event #2, marking Full Tilt’s team at the first open event of the series just as Phil Ivey went on to capture his sixth WSOP bracelet and further represent the Full Tilt Poker Pros at the prestigious poker event. Full Tilt also made waves with three days that saw three different team professionals winning bracelets across a trio of tournaments. Greg Mueller and Roland de Wolfe have also helped to contribute winnings to the Full Tilt scoreboard, capturing their first WSOP bracelets at the Triple Crown and $10K World Championship Limit Hold ‘Em respectively.
Full Tilt Poker Pros have definitely proven themselves as the sponsored team to keep an eye on for the remainder of the 2009 World Series of Poker. Considering that there are still roughly fifteen games to be decided in the annual poker event Full Tilt Poker professionals should still be able to make a bit more news by taking even more victories for their sponsors.