Recently Harrah's announced a delay for the final table of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. The final table will now be played in November instead of July, leaving a four month delay in the action. Ladbrokes Poker has announced they will be providing a revised bonus for Team Ladbrokes players that may reach the final table. Ladbrokes will be offering up to $1 million dollars to any of their players that make it through to November.
Ladbroke's MD Edward Ihre said "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."
Ladbrokes has a reputation for having their players make it deep in the Main Event, starting back in 2002. It has been a priority ever since for Ladbrokes to send someone that brings home the Main Event. Ladbrokes players have finished 5th in 2007, and 12th in 2005 and 2006. Edwards went on to say "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."
Many people are criticizing the move to have the final table delayed. When Jon "Skalie" Kalmar was asked what he thought of it he replied "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."
Ladbrokes is offering more than just bonuses for players that reach the final table, and is actually doling out free stuff to anyone finishing in the top hundred!
This is the breakdown of what Ladbrokes is guaranteeing to its players:
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
Ladbrokes is currently running all kinds of great satellites for the Main Event. The buy-ins range from $11 and up and they are running frequently. The $11 runs a few times a day, and feeds into a daily $100 satellite which feeds into the weekly $1090 satellite, held every Wednesday at 19:45 GMT. There is a one seat guaranteed every week in the form of a $14k prize package.
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