UBT at Venetian

Jan 15, 2007 3:55 AM


The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Ultimate Blackjack Tour (UBT) will host a UBT Elimination Blackjack tournament in July 2007.

The Ultimate Blackjack Tour, currently airing Saturdays on CBS, features the world’s best professional gamblers in edge of your seat action. In only a few months since its launch, impressive TV ratings show that the UBT has a strong following in the gaming world.

Full of forced eliminations, secret bets and true "head-on" competition, this entertaining show features some of poker’s biggest stars such as Annie Duke, Antonio Esfandiari, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, Robert Williamson III and blackjack legends Ken Einiger, Anthony Curtis and Stanford Wong, and many other gaming greats.

"Thanks to our exclusive partnership with the UBT, The Venetian has a great opportunity to showcase our property while enhancing each guest’s experience in gaming and entertainment," said Rob Goldstein, president and COO of The Venetian.

"It’s great to partner with a world-class casino such as The Venetian to give UBT’s Elimination Blackjack tournaments a home on Las Vegas Boulevard," said UBT founder, 1994 World Series of Poker Main Event winner and gaming expert Russ Hamilton.

Las Sunday, the final six players, which include celebrity poker player "Miami" John Cernuto as well as five others from The Venetian and one other qualifier, competed in Los Angeles in a taped UBT event that will air on CBS in 2007.

The winner of this event will receive a piece of the $100,000 prize pool and will also receive a $10,000 buy-in to UBT’s year-end Tournament of Champions to be held in November 2007, which boasts a $1 million guaranteed first prize and an estimated $2-3 million total prize pool.