Ladbrokes.com, Europe's busiest online poker site, is now giving players another reason to play at their site. This week they are launching a new service that integrates video gaming software with their website. Specifically, they are giving players the option of creating their own 3-D Avatar.
This launch will enable players to choose the physical characteristics of their avatar and in the poker game, the 3-D player will even display human like movements previously developed for video games. We've seen this type of thing before in state of the art games on Xbox and Playstation 2, but this is a first for online poker!
MD of Ladbrokes eGaming John O'Reilly commented, "This is a major step in the convergence of video gaming technology and online gaming and we're pleased to be the first leading poker site to go 'virtual'."
Customers will still have the option of playing on the traditional Ladbrokes tables or they can choose the 3-D mode if they so desire. In addition, the online poker experience is further enhanced by enabling players to talk to each other using voice over technology along with the existing text chat.
Consistency is key and O'Reilly ensures that 3-D players will have access to all of the same tournaments and cash games as existing players.
Players can thank the fine people at Playwize for this exciting innovation in technology. Playwize is a leading UK developer of video games for consoles such as Nintendo, Gamecube and Xbox.
Over 10 million hands are dealt at Ladbrokes Poker every month. They spread as many as 2,000 virtual tables with numbers exceeding over 10,000 players during peak times.
So, what about us U.S. players? Unfortunately we don't have access to Ladbrokes.com here in the states, but I'm willing to bet that places like Ultimate Bet and PokerStars will be jumping on the bandwagon pretty soon!