|Actress/Host of World Poker Tour Chips In To Welcome Online Players to the World’s Largest Multi-Player Site|
The beautiful and sparkling host of World Poker Tour has taken on a new role in the poker world. Shana Hiatt has parlayed her charm and poker popularity into a spot as the newest spokesperson for PartyPoker.com, the world’s largest online multi-player poker room.
Hiatt assumes her role just in time for PartyPoker.com’s big event, PartyPoker.com Million III, a record-breaking $3.5-million tournament aboard Holland America’s luxurious ms Ryndam during a Mexican Riviera cruise, March 14-18. The event will draw more than 500 players, vying for a coveted $1 million first prize. Players may win their way into the PartyPoker.com Million III by playing preliminary qualifying tournaments at PartyPoker.com.
For the past two years, Shana Hiatt, has been the elegant guide to the exciting and glamorous world of high stakes poker on the World Poker Tour, introducing viewers to the exotic resorts, the unique lifestyle of poker players and esoteric facts about the game. But Hiatt is more than just a TV show host. A talented actress, dancer and acclaimed model, she has carved out a career that combines both her beauty and brains.
Raised mostly in Tabernacle New Jersey, near Philadelphia, Hiatt spent her formative years traveling around the country as an “Army brat.” But that traveling ignited a wanderlust that has been a dominant theme in her life. During her youth, another interest also began to take root. At eight, she was transfixed in front of the television set, watching newscasts, studying news broadcasters, convinced she wanted a career as a television news reporter.
After a stellar high school career as a champion lacrosse and field hockey player--and a cheerleader--Hiatt entered Burlington County College to study broadcast journalism. But she got sidetracked when she began modeling on the side, and registered instant success. After securing a well-respected agent, Hiatt landed an opportunity to model in Milan. That in turn led to other European modeling jobs on the runways of Spain and Paris, fulfilling some of Hiatt’s love for travel. Returning to the states, she was selected to be Miss Hawaiian Tropic USA, making personal appearances for the company around the U.S. While attending a fundraiser in Hawaii to help fund shelters for battered women, she met her future husband Jimmy, who encouraged her to rekindle her interest in working in front of the camera.
Embarking for Hollywood, Hiatt was approached by agents attracted to her bubbly personality. By then she had made the decision that she wanted to work in entertainment news, which she felt fit her personality better than hard news coverage. Soon she was landing hosting roles on E! Entertainment’s “Wild On,” an adventure series filmed in South Africa, the “Making of The Fourth Tenor”, ”The Baywatch Tennis Tour” and “Dish on Demand.” Her big break came along with the “The World Poker Tour,” and she is seen weekly on The Travel Channel as the WPT’s guide to the world of poker. Now she indulges in her whim to travel, going with the WPT crew to Paris, Aruba, Las Vegas and, of course, the Mexican Riviera with the PartyPoker.com Million III.
Hiatt will make personal appearances in behalf of PartyPoker.com and help the site with attracting newcomers to online poker. Launched in August 2001, PartyPoker.com is the world’s largest online multi-player poker room offering players a safe, secure and friendly environment to play poker. With more than one million satisfied users, PartyPoker.com is the market leader in the popular and fast growing online poker games market. PartyPoker.com is fully licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Quebec, Canada. The site typically hosts more than 20,000 simultaneous players playing an assortment of live classic poker games including Texas Hold `Em, Omaha Hi/Low, and Seven Card Stud and single and multi table tournaments.
For more information on the The PartyPoker.com Million III, go to www.PartyPoker.com.
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