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September 03, 2009 15:13 ET

UltimateBet's Phil Hellmuth Confirmed as Host for Charity Event in Honor of Fallen Officers

Phil Hellmuth Slated to Host November's Hold'em for Heroes Charity Poker Tournament to Benefit the TASER Foundation for Fallen Officers; the UltimateBet Pro Has Also Been Invited to Sit on the CEO Advisory Council of the Organization

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - September 3, 2009) - UltimateBet today announced that poker legend and Team UB pro Phil Hellmuth will be hosting Hold'em for Heroes this November, a charity Texas Hold'em tournament to benefit the TASER Foundation for Fallen Officers. The organization is dedicated to providing financial support to the families of local, state/provincial, and federal law enforcement officials in the US and Canada who were lost in the line of duty.

"Over the last several years, and especially ever since 9/11, my respect for policemen, firemen and the people who protect us has risen higher and higher," stated UltimateBet's Phil Hellmuth. "Our Hold'em for Heroes charity poker tournament gives money to the Fallen Officers Foundation, which supports officers and the families of officers who were killed in the line of duty. My friends and I are grateful to these brave men and women and we're proud to help out."

Hold'em for Heroes is a three-day charity event set to get underway on November 19th at Fort McDowell Casino in Arizona. UltimateBet pro and 11-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth is slated to host the event.

Entering his 5th year supporting the worthwhile cause, Phil Hellmuth has been invited to sit on the CEO Advisory Council of the organization. As a poker authority, Hellmuth will provide significant input related to the structure of the tournament, how to run the event, and more.

In 2008, the tournament raised $540,000. Attendees included Layne Flack, Jeff Madsen, Todd Brunson, Clonie Gowan and more. The UltimateBet pro is expecting an even more impressive result this year.

Kathy Hanrahan, CEO for the TASER Foundation, notes that Hellmuth has been instrumental in the success of the TASER Foundation's annual Hold'em for Heroes tournament.

"With Phil now lending his passion, talents and name in helping to guide the TASER Foundation as part of the new advisory committee, we'll all benefit even further," stated Hanrahan. "The TASER Foundation, and the families of officers killed in the line of duty, have come to know Phil for his big heart and his commitment to seeing that the service of these officers is forever honored. We are grateful to Phil for his ongoing support, and look forward to his expanded role within our organization."

Full details on Phil Hellmuth and his philanthropic efforts can be found at PhilHellmuth.com.

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