Erik Seidel defeats Chris Moneymaker in NBC Heads-Up final

Erik Seidel defeats Chris Moneymaker in NBC Heads-Up final

Monday, 7 March 2011

For the second year in a row, Erik Seidel found himself across the felt from one opponent at the final of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Last year he lost to Annie Duke and had to settle for second; this year he dispatched Chris Moneymaker to take down the $750,000 first place prize.

Seidel, who as you may well know has been running like God and Usain Bolt’s lovechild, has made over $4.3m in 2011 already after this win but he had to work for it – in order, he saw off Allen Cunningham, Jennifer Harman, Phil Gordon, Vanessa Selbst and Andrew Robl before facing Moneymaker in a best of three final.

Moneymaker settles for $300,000 but in addition to his $120,000 at the PCA 2011 he’s not having too shabby a 2011, either. The NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship saw 64 players enter; the payouts were as follows:

1.Erik Seidel - $750,000
2.Chris Moneymaker - $300,000
3.Andrew Robl - $125,000
Jonathan Duhamel - $125,000
4.Vanessa Selbst - $75,000
Olivier Busquet - $75,000
David Oppenheim - $75,000
David Benyamine - $75,000
5.Phil Gordon - $30,000
Phil Galfond - $30,000
Michael Mizrachi - $30,000
James Bord - $30,000
Jason Mercier - $30,000
Eugene Katchalov - $30,000
Ayaz Mahmood - $30,000
Doyle Brunson - $30,000

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