UltimateBet.com has announced the confirmation of a sponsorship deal with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. He will be the newest online pro player on a roster that includes poker stars Jim “KrazyKanuck” Worth and Shawn Rice. The broader spectrum of UltimateBet pros adds Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke to that list.
The rocker has had an interest in poker for a number of years, but his poker career essentially began when he won VH1’s Rock Stars of Poker tournament. With that victory came a trip to Aruba to play in the 2007 UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic. During Ian’s time in Aruba, he met Hellmuth and spent a week under his poker tutelage.
According to Ian, he has since received the equivalent of ten years of poker lessons from UltimateBet’s online pros. Hellmuth takes pride in the improvements Ian has made in his game, and a subsequent friendship seems to have formed in a short amount of time.
UltimateBet spokesperson George MacLean said, “We’re thrilled to add Scott Ian to our roster of online poker professionals. Scott represents a new breed of poker players that both Texas hold’em and music fans can relate to.”
As a member of the UltimateBet team, Ian will play every Sunday in the $200,000 guaranteed tournament with a bounty on his head. Whoever knocks him out of the tournament will win their $215 buy-in back. Ian will also be playing on the site’s poker tables regularly, as well as the 2008 Aruba Poker Classic and other land-based poker tournaments.
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