PokerStars may be the world's largest poker site but it has arguably the most useless press office, or perhaps it is only certain correspondents it doesn't give the time of day. Therefore, there will be no comment here about the claim/rumour that it is about to take over Full Tilt, which is currently in still in limbo after an Easter Resurrection
failed to materialise.
Having said that, the support staff on this site are friendly, helpful and extremely prompt, but if you are interested more in action than chat, check out SCOOP. The acronym stands for Spring Championship Of Online Poker, and the series consists of no less than 40 events between May 6 and May 20. SCOOP was first held in 2009, and is supplementary to rather than a replacement for the sites WCOOP - work out what that means yourself!
Full details of the tournaments can currently be found here
. What is very noticeable are the micro-buys-ins for some of the satellites. There is also a far wider array of games than are available on most sites, including turbo and fixed limit games - known as limit.
If you don't fancy shelling out $2,100 or even $27.00 for one tournament, enter a few of the small satellites, and assume you will come nowhere. That way, if you think of this as paying for your entertainment, you won't be disappointed, and may be pleasantly surprised.
PokerStars is also counting down to its 100 billionth hand
; the next milestone is 80 billion, and prizes are being handed out on the cash tables.
You can sign up with PokerStars, Ladbrokes and many other sites through the affiliate RakeTheRake
, which will entitled you to further promotions.
Although it is nowhere near as large as PokerStars, the Ladbrokes poker site is part of a much larger organisation. Ladbrokes is one of the UK's major high street bookmakers, and is currently offering a large number of promotions including qualifiers for the World Series Of Poker which will be held in Las Vegas.
It is theoretically possible to qualify for this event - including hotel, travel and spending money - for nothing, but there are super-satellites running for pennies and upwards.
Full details of this and all Ladbrokes' other promotions can be found on their dedicated poker promotions page
Ladbrokes is possibly the only site on the web where you can play Pot Limit Razz
, but as of this week at 21.45 London time they have introduced a E10 + E1 No Limit Razz freezeout. This is not quite as insane as No Limit Hold 'Em, but anyone tempted to try it out, caveat emptor