April 06, 2011 19:35 ET Is Sending Players to the Heartland Poker Tour

The Leading Online Poker Site Is Throwing Support Behind Their Presenting Sponsorship of the HPT, With Ongoing Satellites for the Widely Popular and Nationally Televised Poker Tour

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - April 6, 2011) - is preparing to launch an ongoing series of satellites that will send online poker players to the successful Heartland Poker Tour ("HPT"), starting this weekend.

From Sunday, April 10th, the leading online poker room is running a weekly Super Satellite Single Package GTD that will award the winner with a $2,000 HPT VIP prize package. Each Sunday at 16:35 ET, players can buy-in directly for $200+15, or they can qualify for less by competing in any of the many satellite feeders for much less. Step tourney fans can also participate, with the $250+20 buy-in Step 8 events set to award a $2K HPT package, or they can make their way all the way from a Step 1 $0.11 buy-in tournament.

Crash through the competition to win a VIP HPT package, and not only does it secure you a $1,650 seat in a Season 7 HPT Main Event, but it covers hotel accommodation for two nights. continues to crank up the star factor, with HPT Super Satellite winners also enjoying meet-and-greets with pros, a chance to chill with them at a welcome dinner, and some crazy cool UB swag. Plus, winners can select the HPT Main Event that's most convenient for them.

The HPT, having outgrown its humble grass-roots origins, now offers players a made-for-television tournament series that's pulling home-game Joes out of their living rooms, and is proving equally enticing for serious poker pros keen to take a break from the regular Vegas-L.A. beat. Team UB pros confirmed to attend upcoming HPT events include Bryan Devonshire at this week's Golden Gates Casino HPT event in Colorado, and Joe Sebok, who has thrown one of his many hats into the ring to play in the May 14th-15th HPT Main Event at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The Team UB pro will rep the brand and provide guest commentary for this particular hour-long episode of the HPT series.

Tour stops confirmed for 2011 include casinos in Colorado, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Florida and Nevada, and at every leg, expect hundreds of players competing for six sought-after seats at the televised final table and a chunk of 'life-changing' money.

Recent HPT Main Event winner Tom Hujda, a family man from Mokena, Illinois, banked a first place prize of $77,897 for his solid performance amongst a Main Event field of 184 at the Meskawi, Iowa HPT poker carnival. Entering the Iowa tourney, Hujda hoped to win just enough to buy his two young kids a decent swing set. It's safe to say that his kids will soon have the best backyard playground in the neighborhood.

HPT is available in over 100 million US households in addition to widespread distribution throughout Europe and the Caribbean. Check for the HPT Season 7 episode guide and broadcast schedule.

Log onto to learn more about HPT and how to become part of the live HPT action instead of just watching it on TV. For full details, visit

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