Hellmuth, Duke to give poker lessons in Canada

Phil Hellmuth
I can dodge bullets, baby!

Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke will be leading a team of poker pros on the Cross Canada Tour to provide poker seminars in several Canadian cities.

The seminar will include instruction on cash game strategy, sit-and-go tournament strategy and multi-table tournament strategy. There will also be time for a question-and-answer session.

Participants will also be treated to a $300 gift bag of items, a chance to win a seat to the 2008 Aruba Poker Classic and lunch and a meet-and-greet with the UltimateBet pros on hand to provide their poker expertise.

That team of pros will be led by Annie Duke and Phil Hellmuth and includes Shawn Rice, James "Krazy Kanuck" Worth, Gary "DeBo34" DeBernardi and Mark "POker Ho" Kroon.

Hellmuth brings to the table his 11 World Series of Poker bracelet wins as well as more than $10 million in tournament winnings over the years. Duke is one of the top-ranked female players in the world with a WSOP bracelet of her own, more than $3.5 million in tournament winnings and extensive cash game experience.

While Rice, Worth, DeBernardi and Kroon don't have quite the impressive poker resumes that Hellmuth and Duke have, they too offer expertise, gathered from both the live and online poker worlds.

The team will be making its way to five cities in Canada during the Cross Canada Tour, starting with Toronto on Saturday, March 8. The full schedule is as follows:

Date Place Lead Instructor
March 8 Sheraton Centre, Toronto Hellmuth
March 15 Centre Mont-Royal, Montreal Duke
March 16 Ottawa Marriott, Ottawa Duke
April 26 Downtown Ramada, Calgary Hellmuth
April 27 Downtown Marriott, Vancouver Hellmuth

Registration along with a light breakfast for participants begins at 9 a.m. local time the day of the seminar, and then the classes begin at 10 p.m. and last until about 6 p.m.

Space is limited, and people wishing to participate can reserve their seats now online at UltimateBet.net. The seminar costs $299 per person.

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