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Travis Rice Wins UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic

He Outlasts 547 to Win the Tourney and Nearly $800,000

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Travis Rice is this year's winner of the UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic and the $797,355 top prize. He outlasted 547 other entrants to take down this $5,500 buy-in event that took place at the Aruba Radisson Resort last week.

Travis RiceThe final six finishers and their prizes were: Rice; Jim Mordue, $478,405; Brad Smithson, $252,490; Nick Blackburn, $146,180; Jason Gray, $106,310; Jordan Rich, $77,075.

The players at the final table had to endure more than their opponents on Saturday. The table was set up on a stage outside, and both the wind and the sun whipped the players all day. When the sun went down, the spotlights that were used to light the table attracted a large swarm of bugs that seemed as interested in the players as the audience.

The tournament's prize pool was $2.7 million.