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About Us

Poker-Shop was the first and one of the UK's largest dedicated supplier of gambling products for the home and corporate entertainment market.

You can trust us to advise and deliver the very best poker or casino promotional goods as we have never failed to deliver such products to multiple UK and international brands, including the world famous Ritz in Piccadilly, London.

The business is registered as:
Acelink Communications Limited
Registration number 3003874 and VAT registration number GB689 9716 45.
You can check out our long serving trading history on Companies House at www.gov.uk

Our registered address (our accountants) is:
Charter House, 103-105 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1JL.

Opening Hours

The best office hours to contact us on the landline +44 (0)1702 813 037 are: Monday to Thursday 10am to 2pm.

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.

Outside normal hours try whatsApp or calling +44 (0)7790 280 861.

The Store

Poker-Shop's Warehouse
Our main warehouse is located at:

1 Tintern Mews,
NEXT TO 1 Tintern Avenue,
Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9QJ.
United Kingdom

Map of where we are


The Staff

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 pick packer and chip printer.

Brief company history and significant events

April 1997 The idea to create a dedicated supplier of casino equipment was born from owner's attendance and enjoyment at a charity fun casino.

August 1998 First purchase of casino equipment from America

September 1998 First machine to print chips was purchased

October 1998 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 this business area on the internet. This can be verified on the whois register.

October 1999 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 Asia

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.

1st June 2001 First purchase of dedicated Hi Top long wheel based van for the growing business.

1st January 2002 Owner decides to concentrate on casino businesses and previous business writing computer games goes dormant after 13 full time years of operation.

6th April 2003 Started to sell a selected range of products on eBay.

23rd October 2003 Installed a semi automatic chip printing machine.

1st December 2003 Private casino hire business sold to Matthew Neil to enable concentration on shop sales. Alas that spin off hire business ceased trading around 2018 mainly due to the buyers ill health.

1st July 2004 Doubled size of storage with additional rented warehouse.

1st March 2005 Sold our eBay business to another company (that subsequently stopped trading 2010).

14th April 2005 Purchased a new warehouse doubling storage capacity.

20th September 2005 Poker-Shop was approached by an eBay poker chip trader (pokerpassion) that wished to sell up.

13th December 2005 Received another offer from an eBay poker chip trader that wished to sell up.

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 (casino-supplies in Aberdeen area) and we bought all there liquidated poker stock.

26th June 2006 Additional storage space rented to cope with continued growth.

23rd October 2006 Bought surplus stock from eBay trader who 1st approached us December 05 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 06.

1st March 2007 Yet another Ebay trader (badbeat) giving up the business and approach us to buy their hard to sell stock.

May 2007 poker-shop successfully completes its largest ever branded chip order for 2.2m chips in September.
Our largest rival is quietly put up for sale we only discover this several months later after making enquiries about buying it. After a chat with the owner and some accounts are exchanged we subsequently make an offer to take over this slightly smaller competitor but acceptable terms were never agreed.

2008 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.

2009 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 websites orders; we pick up several new trade customers as a result of this change in their logistics.

2010 As turnover continues to decline less full time staff are employed through natural wastage.

2011 We discover our formally biggest rival now makes a deal with another competitor to effectively withdraw from the market by selling their remaining stock to them.

2012 Another rival that did a lot of trade in reselling withdraws from the marketplace to concentrate on more profitable lines. As a result of this several small competitors also disappear or end up dealing with poker-shop and encourages in a slight increase in trade during this year.

May 2015 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.

2017 Turnover increases slightly in this year.

August 2018 We finally secure a new Ground floor workshop type premises to relocate to and move there.

April 2020 The covid pandemic crisis is kind to us, we have legitimate premises and Paye employees so government support keeps things afloat. We also had some unusual orders to provide 20,000 card shoes to NEXT retail to dispense fragrant samples that boosted turnover significantly this year.

September 2021 After the pandemic many casinos stop offering texas hold em games and we have experienced a huge upturn in supplying quality poker tables and customised chips to alternative establishments and maintaining such with table recloths and our high quality durable playing cards.

2022 Due to supplier refusal to remedy some quality deteriation issues such products start to be discontinued. It is also harder to source some important 2nd hand products for resale after pandemic.

2023 There seems a noticable downturn in casino type products so more products in this area start to be discontinued.

2024 The business is now providing more branded chips, new poker tables and refurbishments when such items get worn out or damaged.
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