ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian and online poker room UltimateBet are teaming up to support America's war veterans and their families. The popular online poker site has announced that Ian represented UltimateBet in the recently held Operation: All-In, a charity No Limit Hold'em tournament featuring poker players, celebrities, and mixed-martial-arts fighters playing poker together with the aim of raising money to help injured soldiers.
"We're thrilled to be a part of this worthy charity poker tournament," stated UltimateBet.com spokesperson George MacLean. "And there's no better celebrity poker player to represent us at the tables than Scott Ian."
Scott Ian is no stranger to raises, all-ins, bluffs and everything else Texas Hold'em. Last year, the ANTHRAX guitarist traded his guitar chips for poker chips to play in VH1's "Rock Stars of Poker". He finished first in the event, beating out Sully Erna of GODSMACK and winning a seat in the 2007 UltimateBet.com Aruba Poker Classic tournament.
It was in Aruba, while spending a week with 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth and legendary world champion Annie Duke, that Ian sharpened his poker skills even further. He plans to use the valuable poker tips and tricks he learned from the two UltimateBet pros to finish first in the charity event.
Operation: All-In took place at The Joint — located inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino — on January 12 at 1pm. The 150-player tournament cost $550 to enter and featured a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000. All additional money earned from the event will go straight to the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation.
Worldpokertour.com's Kimberly Lansing sits down with Scott Ian at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas: