Ladbrokes is a very familiar name in the gambling world and for good reason. Ladbrokes has origins going back into the late 19th century and currently employs more than 15,000 people focussing on the Irish and UK markets and more recently Belgium and Spain. Ladbrokes operates over 2500 betting shops as well as having a presence at many football grounds and horse racing tracks. The online gambling business has more than 500,000 customers and operates in multiple currencies and languages and is available 24 hours a day.
At the start of the 20th century Ladbrokes was founded when Arthur Bendir joined a couple of other gentlemen and the name derives from a sign he spotted to Ladbroke Hall. He was instrumental in changing the outlook of the company from simply gambling on horse races to offering odds to others as well and in particular the wealthy members of such clubs as Whites, the Carlton and the Athenaeum. This wealthy gentlemen’s tag remained for some years as rumour has it that bets were often settled over brandy and cigars; indeed it was not until 1956 when Cyril Stein came on the scene and acquired Ladbrokes that the company opened up to a wider audience. Laws existed however that prevented cash bets being placed with off course bookmakers which meant that a punter needed to have an account and therefore had to prove they has sufficient funds which did nothing for the industry except drive gambling underground to illegal bookmakers. Fortunately the law changed in 1961 and from that point on Ladbrokes flourished and was listed on the London Stock exchange in 1967. Strangely enough the seventies saw Ladbrokes both buy and dispose of its casino interests in favour of a hotels business in which it was very successful having hotels all around Europe and in the USA. This was followed in the eighties by the acquisition of Texas Homecare and Hilton International and the gambling portfolio was expanded by acquiring Vernons, the football pools operator. Ladbrokes, together with Coral and William Hill were also instrumental in setting up the Satellite Information Services (SIS) which provided live TV pictures from race courses into the betting shops. In 1994 when the UK National Lottery was introduced Ladbrokes changes course again and sold off the hotels and DIY interests and bought three London casinos and from this point on Ladbrokes has been a major player in the gambling world. Today Ladbrokes provides as many gambling opportunities as you would wish not only on sports but in many other fields.
Ladbrokes has its origins in sports gambling but nowhere can you gamble on such an array of sports and activities. Of course there is a full range of gambling on horses and greyhounds and all the other sports such as tennis, golf, boxing, rugby and the GAA sports but Ladbrokes also provide gambling on lesser known sports such as Aussie rules football, ice hockey, bowls and handball to name but a few. In the sports section of the Ladbrokes gambling site you can also find some very strange bets such as Nathans Hotdog contest or whether Sacha Baron Cohen will become Mayor of Staines and if you are into the TV talent contests you can gamble on the eventual winner. With such a range of gambling opportunities you can always find something to your taste.
Ladbrokes poker is unusual in that you have the choice of download or instant poker gambling; the download version provides a huge range of tables and stakes for sit and go as well as tournaments and for the frequent player this is the best option however if you want to give poker a try without downloading the software you can play New Instant Poker. In this option there is no download and you can play cash games from €2 to €100 buy in or Sit n Go games with buy ins from €0.60 to €55 with the top three players getting prizes and finally there is tournament play with up to €60 buy in. There are also free roll poker tournaments with no entry fee.
The casino gambling section of Ladbrokes is one of the best available and is again available either instant or download. Download casino gives you a much better choice of games but the instant casino provides plenty of gambling choice with all the usual casino games of roulette, blackjack and Baccarat together with some of the more unusual casino games such as Sic-Bo, Red Dog and Pai Gow Poker and a range of slots. On download casino you can find all those on instant casino plus a good deal more, in fact a choice of over 500 gambling games and it is on download casino that you will find the big jackpot slots such as “Mega Moolah” which is regularly over €1,000,000. The download casino software is entirely free and if you intend being a regular gambler it is well worth the small effort to download it.
Ladbrokes games section is where you can find gambling games such as Virtual sports, Deal or no Deal, scratch cards, Keno, hi-lo, quiz games and dice games along with more roulette, slots and card games. Finding your choice of gambling opportunities is easy at Ladbrokes.
Ladbrokes Bingo has a choice of 6 games which can be played in various rooms and which start at regular intervals throughout the day and night. If you enjoy bingo gambling for big prizes but not necessarily big stakes then Ladbrokes Bingo has several big games to offer which can provide anything from €1000 to €7000 for a full house and all that for a modest €0.50 ticket. Ladbrokes bingo has something to suit every bingo player.
Ladbrokes live casino provides gambling opportunities for roulette, blackjack and baccarat; the rooms are located in Latvia and there is no need to download any software to play. You are welcome to chat with the dealers as you watch them deal and spin the wheel in a realistic casino setting.
Finally there is an excellent choice of lotteries and financial gambling opportunities. Ladbrokes is an excellent bookmaker with a second to none range of gambling for you to enjoy.