Vinnie Paul of Pantera, Ace Frehley of KISS, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, Scott Ian of Anthrax: Names you'd expect at VH1's Rock and Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament. Ian Hamilton and Rob Cross, two online players at UltimateBet: Not so much. But UltimateBet made it happen.
Cross and Hamilton had to take down 10,000 other headbangers online looking to fill the exclusive seats beside hard rock legends Paul, Frehley, Hill and others, but when all was said and done, UltimateBet.tv got them there, and the results will air March 14.
Sponsored by UltimateBet.tv and shot at the Flamingo Hotel, the show airs on VH1 Classic at 10 p.m. (EST), with commentating from none other than 10-time World Champion Phil Hellmuth and special appearances by poker pros Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak.
The prize package for Hamilton and Scott was worth $2,500, including airfare, accommodation and transportation in Las Vegas plus $150 per day, and the tournament was recorded in front of a live audience from Oct. 31-Nov. 3.
Prize money went to designated charities, but the winner actually also received an entry to the 2007 UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic.
When asked for a comment on his participation in the event, Paul eloquently proclaimed "The cowboy from Hell is coming to town, winner takes all!"
Steve Thomas, representing the Flamingo, and Sully Erna from Godsmack rounded out the field.