» November, 2012

Ladbrokes Mobile Poker

The Ladbrokes Android poker app has the unusual requirement of needing both Adobe Flash Player and Air to run. You can check here if your Android tablet or phone is compatible with Adobe Flash.

1. Game Selection

Although Ladbrokes’ mobile casino and betting applications are available for a wide-variety of handset shapes and sizes, the poker app is still Android only, several months after its launch in early 2012.


The games offered will work on early versions of Android from Froyo (2.2) onwards but are somewhat restricted in the functionality and features they provide. In a nut shell:

  • Fun money or real poker for mobile
  • Cash games only – no mobile poker tournaments
  • Single sign on, but you’ll need a Ladbroke’s poker account first before you download the app

A sensible suggsetion they make is to experiment with the demo first to check the quality of your connection before going on to play for real.

Ladbroks on iPad?

It’s worth asking yourself if you can play Ladbrokes poker on your iPad. The iPad’s screen is easily big enough to make the instant game playable; the problem is Apple’s lack of native support for Adobe’s Flash software and no matter what you read this still does not look like changing.

So the only way you’ll be playing poker on iPad4 devices will be with one of the HTML5 apps other operators are experimenting with. Although there doesn’t look to be any reason Microgaming couldn’t hussle up one of these themselves since they already do a nice range of HTML5 casino games.

2. Fairness

This is Microgaming so the question of fairness is sure to be hotly debated and would probably deserve a lot more space than we’re going to give it here. Suffice to say that it’s a big-ish network and the standard set of pros and cons that typically go with that characteristic may apply:

  • Con – less individual support
  • Pro – well regulated (in this case by Gibraltar’s Gambling Commisioner)
  • Con – sharks may be circling
  • Pro – you’ll always get a game

3. New Player Bonus

The moment you make your first poker deposit at the Ladbrokes online casino, is also the moment you determine the size of the bonus you could receive, up to 2.5 times your first deposit amount (250%) and capped at $1,500 (£1,000). This bonus will then be paid into your poker bonus account in five equal instalments. To qualify for each $10 worth of bonus you need to earn 32 loyalty points (called Poker Points).

Bonus Clearing Requirements

A first deposit of $50 will get you a $125 poker bonus, which will be released in five payments of $25. In order to receive one $25 payment you need to earn 80 Poker Points (PPs). You get 10 PPs for each $1 contribution to rake so this equates to rake contributions worth $80, or just over 3 times the bonus you receive.

Play through requirement: 3.2 times bonus (contributed to rake).

4. Player Pool

We said a little bit about the Microgaming player pool above when talking about fairness. It’s probably also worth saying that at the time of writing the Microgaming network seems to be enjoying something of a growth spurt with Betsson moving its players from the soon-to-close IGT network. The player cool also includes Unibet and 32Red.

When you play on your phone or tablet you’ll be playing in the same cash games as everyone else.

5. Mobile Banking

Although the Ladbrokes casino app includes full banking functionality, poker players will be better off using the desktop application for deposits and withdrawals, unless you choose to download the corresponding casino app for you phone.

The range of options is endless and includes PayPal, Ukash, Neteller and Moneybookers (Skrill) as well as the usual credit cards and wire transfer standards.

All in all it’s a competent launch into the mobile-optimised poker world by Ladbrokes but unlikely to set too many hearts racing just yet.