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Hellmuth, Duke Leaving UB
Both Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke are parting ways with sponsor UB.
Seperate statements regarding the departure of each were released on the UB blog Thursday.
The statement regarding Duke, who gained some noteriety finishing runner-up to Joan Rivers in Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice on NBC in 2009, claims she has decided to pursue "other projects" on a full-time basis.
“I have nothing but positive things to say about UB and my experiences with the brand, management and the incredible people who work hard daily to deliver a terrific online poker experience,” she said.
Hellmuth, who's $11,445,927 million in career earnings put him fourth on poker's all time money list and 11 WSOP bracelet wins still marks the most of any player, will apparently remain a regular on the poker circuit, despite a few lean years recently.
"Today we are announcing that UB.com and Phil Hellmuth have mutually parted ways," the statement read.
"It has been great working with Phil over the last decade and we know we’re with the rest of the poker world when we say that we look forward to Phil’s next move on the world poker circuit."
The statement on Hellmuth also says Team UB will continue building with young, aggressive poker pros who today’s online poker players can identify with.
Some additions to Team UB, rumored to include Prahlad Friedman, Dwyte Pilgrim, and Tom Marchese, are expected in early 2011.