The app allows poker players to chuck in their chips whilst out and about, as long as they can connect to Wi-Fi or a reliable 3G/4G signal. The app is free to download and install, but you will need a Ladbrokes poker account to actually play at Ladbrokes poker rooms. You can create a Ladbrokes poker account within the app if you don't already have one, and you can control your account on your mobile device, both depositing and withdrawing funds.
Ladbrokes' new app is currently available in English only, and allows real money play both at the regular Ladbrokes tables, and at the Speed Poker tables, which is Ladbrokes' version of fast-fold poker. You need to be in the UK or Ireland to be able to play poker via the app.
The iOS app is a Ladbrokes-skinned version of the iPoker mobile client that was first offered by Winner Poker a year ago. This is opposed to the browser-based HTML5 version offered by other iPoker network members such as Bet365, although both versions of the app do look very similar.
Currently, only cash games – both normal play and fast-fold play – are available to play via the app. There are no Sit & Go games, or tournaments, multi-table or otherwise. The app does allow you to pay multiple tables at the same time, although on smaller mobile screens this is only achieved with a fair amount of difficulty.
Ladbrokes makes a bit of noise about this being the only mobile poker app in the UK that allows players to fund their accounts via PayPal. All the usual promotions and VIP schemes can be accessed via the app, including Ladbrokes' current new player bonus, which is a 200 percent first deposit bonus up to a maximum of £1,200. This bonus is then released in chunks of $5 for every 170 status points a player earns, at the rate of ten points for every $1 of rake generated in ring games, or in tournament fees if playing using the PC app.
When at the tables, the app is a little “avatar heavy”, which leads to a very cluttered screen if a lot of players remain in a hand. The app looks a lot better on the iPad as it does on the iPhone, thanks to the greater amount of space.
If you're a Ladbrokes poker player, then installing this app to your iPhone or iPad is a no-brainer. As long as you have a reliable Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection, you'll be able to see a few flops and bluff garbage with your fellow poker fans while you're away from your PC or laptop.