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Poker-Shop was the first and remains the UK's largest dedicated supplier of gambling products for the home and corporate entertainment market.
We can supply you with the very best branded poker goods and we have supplied many on-line poker & casino sites, as well as casinos including the world famous Ritz in Piccadilly, London.
Our registered address (our accountants) is:
Charter House, 103-105 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1JL.
The best office hours to contact us are: Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm (but someone is usually in 9.30am to 5pm).
We are usually closed on all public holidays for the United Kingdom. Outside of these hours you need to make a prior appointment with us, or there is an answer phone to leave us a message.
Our contact number is +44 (0)1702 813 037.
Our main warehouse is located at:
1 Tintern Mews,
Next to 1 Tintern Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9QJ.
Our contact phone number is +44 (0) 1702 813 037
Map of where we are
Below you can find a brief summary of the personnel that will look after your order with our company:
Simon Rush - Owner
Involved in games professionally since September 1989 when he started his own company writing and publishing sports computer games. Interested in poker as a home game for leisure since seeing the idea on multiple American TV programmes, but only discovered Texas Hold 'Em in January 2003 and has (subject to time and other matters) been regularly playing online and live ever since.
Angela Lidbury - Warehouse Manager
Started 27th October 2003; Angela has been a reliable picker and packer who only works during non-school terms.
Brief company history and significant events
The idea to create a dedicated supplier of casino equipment was born from owner's attendance and enjoyment at a charity fun casino.
First purchase of casino equipment from America
First machine to print chips was purchased
First casino hire completed, actually 2 charity events very close together followed by several birthday party events. This created a whole new unexpected business idea.
30th April 1999
www.casino-uk.com was the first URL that was bought to publish pages for this business area on the internet.
First corporate fun casino event successfully catered for a local business with equipment more like a real casino.
1st February 2000
First purchase of casino equipment from Asian supplier
12th July 2000
The URL www.casino-shop.co.uk was purchased to create a dedicated site for equipment sales.
13th February 2001
Corporate hire successfully fulfils 50 table fun casino event on behalf of IBM USA at the Hilton Metropole, Edgware Road. This was for one night only and was larger than any real UK casino at that time.
1st June 2001
First purchase of dedicated van. A 2nd hand high top long wheel based Mercedes Sprinter.
1st January 2002
Owner decides to concentrate on casino businesses and makes his business run since September 1989 of writing computer games dormant. This company supplied approximately 50,000 private mail orders and developed over 20 products. Many more units went to wholesale for retail sale during 13 years of business.
6th April 2003
Started to sell a selected range of our products on ebay.
23rd October 2003
Purchased and installed a semi automatic chip printing machine.
1st December 2003
Private casino hire business sold to Matthew Neil.
1st July 2004
Doubled size of storage with additional rented warehouse.
1st March 2005
Sold our ebay business to another company because of punitive margins achieved whilst maintaining high standard level of service to customers.
14th April 2005
Purchased a new warehouse doubling storage capacity.
7th July 2005
Moved the majority of stock and day to day operations into new warehouse. Some goods remain at the former premises PC House.
20th September 2005
poker-shop was approached by an ebay poker chip trader called pokerpassion that wished to sell up.
13th December 2005
Received another offer from an ebay poker chip trader to buy there slow selling and ever decreasing valued poker stock.
23rd December 2005
Purchase a brand new Ford high top long wheel based van.
1st May 2006
Received 3rd offer from a small poker shop competitor called casino-supplies around Aberdeen that wished to sell us there liquidated poker and casino stock.
26th June 2006
Additional storage space rented to cope with continued growth.
Another heavily promoted Ebay trader ceases trading because of financial difficulty.
23rd October 2006
Bought surplus stock from Ebay trader who 1st approached us December 2005 to buy the majority of the stock that he was unable to resell cost effectively.
1st November 2006
Bought redundant stock from Ebay trader who closed down their business in July 2006.
1st March 2007
Yet another Ebay trader (badbeat) giving up the business and approach us to buy their hard to sell stock.
poker-shop successfully completes its largest ever branded chip order for the Uk's largest Casino chain for 2.2m chips.
Our largest rival is quietly put up for sale we only discover this several months later and make some enquiries. As a result we learn that poker-shop is the market leader.
After a chat with the owner and some accounts are overviewed we subsequently make an offer to take over this slightly smaller competitor.
Unfortunately, after indicating and being offered pretty much what was first verbally indociated with appropriate conditions the other owner changes their mind and this takeover fails.
With the start of the credit crunch the corporate entertainment market became one of the areas hardest hit; trade subsequently tails off during this year.
The largest rival fails to make any sale of their business and they come to an agreement with another long established real casino equipment supplier to store their stock and fulfil their website orders. We dicsovered this because the upshot of this change is that we pick up many new repeat customers coming to us for their needs that we can fulfil and service better.
As turnover continues to decline less full time staff are employed through natural wastage.
We discover our formally biggest rival now makes a deal with a different competitor to sell their remaining stock and thereby withdraw from the marketplace.
Yet another rival that did a lot of trade in reselling withdraws from the marketplace to concentrate on more profitable lines.
Similarly several small competitors also disappear resulting in a slight increase in trade during this year.
Due to smoke damage caused by a fire at Unit 4 Fletcher Square we brought forward plans to move to our previous smaller premises at PC House, St Johns Road, Westcliff.
Turnover increases slightly in this year.
We finally secure a new Ground floor workshop type premises to relocate to and move there.