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Noooooooooooooooo!!!!! UB Cancels Aruba Poker Classic : (

11 March 2010, By: Melissa Castello
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Ultimate Bet announced in a press release yesterday that it will be cancelling its 2010 Aruba Poker Classic due to budget cuts in order to pay Joe Seboks salary.  No, not really, but they did cancel the event. After traveling to Asia, Europe, Australia and across the US for poker I have to say that Aruba is, errr, was my favorite tournament stop and I'm sad to see it go.

Here is a blog I wrote after the 2009 Aruba Poker Classic:

Yummm Aruba Aribe’s been almost 2 weeks since I've been back from Aruba and I’m already counting down the days until next year’s trip. Aruba is the best tournament of the year and this year was no different, except that I was there working rather than playing and partying like I did last year. Though I did make sure to find time to hit the beach, down some cocktails, and lose some money at blackjack and drunken 3am $1/2. UB did not slack on any of the parties this year throwing an amazing opening party in which almost everyone at some point either by choice, force, or bribes from Phil Hellmuth wound up in the pool. I was thrown in wearing a white floral dress and no bra : ( by Bryan Devonshire and Matt Graham - thanks again guys! Phil threw his annual private party at his suite with plenty of Dom Perignon and Debos (a watermelon drink inspired by UB pro Gary Debernardi) to go around. There was also a special performance by The Dan Band and a rap battle between The Poker Rapper and Jeff Madsen. It was more of a rematch since Poker Rapper crushed Madsen in a freestyle battle at the opening party. There was the Icon booze cruise UB hosted which was basically a sausage fest of online players swapping poker stories, downing sugary drinks, and dancing very very badly. You could tell by the awkward movement they called dancing that they actually spend little time on their feet and too much time at the computer. Then there was the closing party which wrapped up with The Dan Band and even more people in the pool, though this time they were joined by some furniture that was tossed in by an unnameable drunken poofta. Then of course there was the contest between the Binger Bros over who could throw the most people into the pool, Nick got me : (

Party in the Pool

Most of my time was spent at the Radisson but if you go make sure to try some of Aruba’s amazing restaurants. A few good choices to try are Madame Jeanettes and Pinchos bar and grill which rests at the end of a pier right above the water.  Wherever you go order the grouper, it is the best fish on the island! As for drinks there’s the obvious Aruba Aribe, an amazing fruity type long island that will knock you on your ass! Yumm!


I was all set to leave Aruba on Monday but lucky for me Copa Air overbooked my flight and I volunteered my ticket to score a $300 future flight credit, 3 nights free at the Renaissance hotel in downtown Aruba and $55/day in food vouchers which I spent at the awesome swim up bar our hotel had. In those 3 days I won some money at blackjack, snorkeled, swam, drank, and got bit by an iguana. Overall my trip was a ten and I can’t wait to go back again next year!


-Sadly I learned today there is no 'next year'. Aruba will not be the same without the pool parties, rap battles, Hellmuths party, Debos, late night BJ, water fights, live music, bar hopping, free booze, and of course the cash games and tournaments.

UB will be announcing details for future plans on thier blog within the upcoming months but for now has said they plan to add to their online tournament schedule including developing a monthly $500k Guaranteed Tournament with an eye on building it into a million-dollar event and running UBOC two times a year. They also want to create more pro-related competitions possibly similar to the one they recently had offering a skydiving trip with Sebok to first place.  Personally I don't see any reason to play on UB now; I don't care much about skydiving with Seebs and I always get sucked into playing/losing at pai-gow and roulette. I do care about laying on the beach in my UB bikini and sarong, sweating out a hangover, working on my tan, and drinking an Aruba Aribe.

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