Poker Tournament Director Matt Savage Returns for Aruba Open

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This year, online poker players have an unprecedented number of reasons to join the online poker site in Aruba with today's announcement that the world's leading tournament director Matthew Savage will return to oversee UltimateBet's prestigious 2009 Aruba Poker Classic.

"Matt's natural ability to run a smooth and fair tournament and his talent for making it feel more like a party than a poker room is one of the many reasons why our Aruba  event is still one of the most popular on the annual calendar, " said Phil Hellmuth, UltimateBet's Pro poker player.

"For the third straight year, Savage Tournaments partners with UltimateBet to deliver one of my favorite tournaments of the year," added Matt Savage. "In celebrating UB's 10th Anniversary, I am honored to once again be part of the Aruba Poker Classic; with an extended tournament schedule, plus a group of floor staff and dealers that is second to none, 2009 is shaping up to be one for the ‘scrapbook'."

As the Tournament Director for the Aruba Poker Classic, October 3rd through 10th, Savage will manage eight days of all-out poker action, which is expected to attract over 500 players from around the globe, competing for a slice of an overall festival prize pool in excess of $6 million.

To date, world famous event manager Savage has directed countless million-dollar tournaments including the WSOP, various WPT events, and the Aussie Millions. He has appeared on almost 400 televised poker shows on ESPN, GSN, Fox Sports, Travel Channel and other popular networks.

However, Savage's pedigree reaches far beyond just calling the shots on the poker room floor. As one of the founders of the Tournament Directors Association, he has been instrumental in standardizing tournament rules throughout the world, and in 2003, his far-reaching contribution saw him inducted into the Poker Room Manager's Hall of Fame as its very first member.

Online poker players can enter a series of online satellites to win an $8,500 Aruba prize package at UltimateBet.com, or qualify via UltimateBet's STEP tournaments, for as little as 10 cents. The prize package includes the $5,500 main event seat and $3,000 for travel and accommodation.

In 2008, Matt Brady captured the Aruba Poker Classic Main Event title, taking home $1 Million in cash.

For more information on the 2009 UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic, visit UltimateBet.com or www.arubaclassic.com for all the latest news and views.

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