Professional poker player Annie Duke, and UltimateBets’ Marketing Director Will Griffith helped welcome more than 600 registered card players to the Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa for the 7th annual Poker Classic tournament.Â
All participants of this year’s happening earned their seat in the tournament on-line, where they won an Aruba Prize Package to the 2008 UB event. They all seemed elated to combine the excitement of on-line poker with live play in the tropics.
With a first place prize of over $1,000,000, won by Matt Brady, this poker event brought out some of the biggest celebrities in the game. Poker stars like Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke, alongside entertainment icons like Don Cheadle and Scott Ian, who played poker for big money and bigger excitement.
The international poker tournament featured big payouts, fun parties and the chance to not only play with legendary online poker friends but also meet them in the flesh. And there’s serious strength in numbers, from the pictures you can tell that an army of Texas Hold’em soldiers invaded Aruba and the Radisson for the world’s hottest tournament September 27th to October 4th, with UB event coordinator Melissa Gaddis and tournament director Matt Savage, joined by Mark “Poker Ho” Kroon,Â Tiffany “Hot Lips” Michelle, and blogger Gene Bromberg, to chronicle it all.