Players wanting to square off against an elite pro but not pony up a huge tournament entry fee now have a chance to put their skills to the test against 2004 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Annie Duke. By sitting at a specially designated Holdem table at online poker site Ultimate Bet, players can earn points for use in the site's monthly "Annie Duke Freeroll" event.
The prize pool for the event is $1,000, which comes directly from Duke's "hard-earned cash," according to ultimatebet.com. The maximum number of entries is 400 and the winner nets $300. The site's promotional materials state that "you'll find Annie attending this freeroll event occasionally both to chat with and challenge the players."
To qualify for the tournament, players must earn 300 UltimatePoints during a month of play at the site's Annie Duke $4-$8 Texas Holdem table. Points are earned for each hour of play and each hand dealt, with the point amount tied to the amount of the rake. Details are available at ultimatebet.com.
Duke defeated a field of 234 players at last year's World Series of Poker $2,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo tournament and later beat eight other top pros to take home the $2 million first prize at the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. She contributes strategy articles and partakes in promotions as a member of "Team UB".
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