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Australians Make Their Mark on the British Poker Circuit

31 December 2004

UK -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Australian Poker players are taking their British counterparts to 'the cleaners' at Europe's biggest online Poker site –

"Australians have the best percentage return figures of any nation at Ladbrokes Poker. Basically they are beating up the European players who are running scared. It seems to be a strange combination of aggression and patience that makes Australians stand out" said Albert Tapper, General Manager of Ladbrokes.

Top Australian player at Ladbrokes Poker is Tino Lechich, whose screen name on is "Maxypaxy". His biggest win so far is winning a seat worth $26,875 US into Europe's biggest poker tournament, 'The Poker Million' which carries a first prize of $1,000,000 and is open to a select field of 72 of Europe's finest Poker players – and 'Maxypaxy'. The event will be covered live on Sky Television in the UK this year and around the world to an estimated audience of 100 million.

Poker is booming in Australia, and the country's biggest event, the Aussie Millions, takes place shortly at the Crown Casino in Melbourne from the 6th to the 20th January 2005. are now directly targeting this burgeoning local interest in Poker. The firm are putting on a special 'freeroll' tournament for a seat at the Aussie Millions main poker event, starting at 17:15 AEDT on Tuesday 4th January 2005. (06:15 GMT). First prize is a $10,000 AUD seat and three nights accommodation at the Crowne Promenade Hotel on the 18th, 19th and 20th January. A further $1,700 USD will be paid out to places 2-50th.

For more information on the entry details and a free download of the poker software, players can visit

About Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes, the betting and gaming division of Hilton Group plc, is the world's biggest bookmaker. It provides its customers with a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week service via over 2000 licensed betting shops in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, state of the art call centres in London and Liverpool and its interactive services. Over 400,000 registered customers from 160 countries bet on the Internet with Ladbrokes at and at the online casino

Ladbrokes Poker is Europe's busiest Poker site with over $10m stake every day. Over 400,000 hands of Poker are dealt every day and at peak times over 6,000 people will be playing against each other.

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