Friday, December 31, 2010

Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke Quit Wonder Why...

Right after Annie Duke ended her association with, formerly, the online poker site on which played out the biggest cheating scandal in history (in both online poker and brick and mortar poker), has announced that Phil Hellmuth as well will be disassociating himself from the former cheating online poker site.

On the blog: "Today we are announcing that and Phil Hellmuth have mutually parted ways. It has been great working with Phil over the last decade and we know we’re with the rest of the poker world when we say that we look forward to Phil's next move on the world poker circuit."

Poker pro Joe Sebok, the PR man, wrote on his blog about this big double-departure and even suggested that more changes will occur at

Sebok's words: "Phil and Annie have been the face of the company for years now, and we thank them for their unbelievable contributions and bid them the utmost in success moving forward. With that said, we look forward to 2011, and I believe it will be the finest year that we have ever had at UB. Speaking of Team UB, while it’s true that two of our members have moved on, don’t think that we aren’t restocking the talent. We’ll be announcing our newest Team UB member next week and I am crazily pumped about it. UB has, and will continue to have, a whole new look and feel for our team and our newest signing exemplifies that, so stay tuned for that announcement next week."

My take: Sebok is simply doing his job "pumping up" the what's-to-be's at As for Duke and Hellmuth, they simply decided that being associated with can never escape the online poker cheating stench of and Russ Hamilton, the cheating scam's mastermind, so they cut the cord.

Probably the best for both of them.