Ladbrokes is a major high street bookmaker
in Britain. There are two Ladbrokes betting shops in Sydenham Road, the high street of the relatively small Sydenham. Poker-wise though, Ladbrokes is a small fish; although according to one source
it is Europe's biggest poker room, it lags way behind PokerStars and Party Poker. Relatively small or not, the Ladbrokes poker site has one thing neither of these and apparently none of the others appears to have: Pot Limit Razz.
Broadly speaking, there are two types of poker - those in which the highest hand wins, and those in which the lowest wins, although there are also hi-lo games (see below).
Razz is a low only game. For non-players, PokerStars - the world's largest poker site - has produced this on-line fact sheet
At PokerStars, Razz is strictly fixed limit; there are cash games as well as tournaments for all pockets. This week, sees the start of a short mini-series of turbo poker on the site, billled as a world championship
. On January 26, there is a Razz tournament with a $33 buy-in and a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000. For those with deeper pockets, there is also a weekly Razz tournament with a whopping $215 buy-in ($200 + $15). There are satellites available for this latter.
Of course, for those who are content to fish in small ponds, although the rewards are correspondingly smaller, there is less chance of being eaten by a shark. And as the screengrabs below demonstrate, small wins can be just as satisfying when all is vanity.