UltimateBet will pay out 100% of all buy-ins (as per their normal payout structure) and then donate 100% of the fee to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief fund. In addition, several different groups and individuals are contributing to the effort by matching UltimateBet's donation with their own funds: UltimateBet and Excapsa Software, the site's software provider, have joined forces to match funds collected by up to $25,000 each. In addition, Team UB members Phil Hellmuth and Russ Hamilton have each donated $10,000.
Furthermore, due to generous donations made by friends of UltimateBet, players will receive exciting prizes in the three fundraising tournaments, including:• cash prize pool payouts;
• poker lessons from Team UB members and other pros, including T.J. Cloutier;
• a private dinner with poker pro Annie Duke;
• a joint 3.5 hour tennis/poker lesson with tennis pro Andy Roddick and poker pro Phil Hellmuth;
• press box passes for an ESPN televised college football game and a look into the ESPN TV booth with quarterback David Norrie;
• lunch with Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari;
• lunch with NFL legend Troy Aikman;
• a golf lesson with golf great Corey Pavin;
• a seat in a private $1/$2 No-Limit Hold'em game with actors Laura Prepon, Chris and Danny Masterson and poker pro Johnny Chan. Johnny will give poker lessons and UltimateBet will include $500 to take to the tables;
• a series of Killer Poker books, generously donated and autographed by author John Vorhaus;
• pairs of Oakley Thump glasses, generously donated by Oakley; and
• an autographed copy of Phil Hellmuth's latest book, generously donated by Mr. Hellmuth.
These prizes will be offered in the Thursday, September 8th $5 + $5 event at 8:30 p.m. (EST), the Friday, September 9th $25 + $25 event at 8:30 p.m. (EST), and the Saturday, September 10th $150 + $150 fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. (EST).
In addition, those players who participate in the $150 + $150 event will have the chance to be freerolled, as UltimateBet has several pros with bounties on their heads. Players who knock out Phil Hellmuth, Russ Hamilton or John Vorhaus will receive a $300 bounty.
Players wishing to donate funds directly from their accounts to the American Red Cross (through UltimateBet) must simply email their request to UltimateBet's member services department before Monday, September 12th, and their money will be withdrawn from their account and directly applied to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort Donation.
Please see UltimateBet for further details.