Match-ups announced for NBC Heads-Up Championship

Match-ups announced for NBC Heads-Up Championship

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Last night saw 64 of the world’s best players attend an exclusive draw party to determine that match-ups for this year’s NBC Heads-Up Championship.

With play set to kick off later today, those in attendance were keen to know which player they’d be facing first in the $20,000 invitational.

However, before the draw began it was announced that Daniel Negreanu would not be competing in this year’s event due to personal commitments with David 'Doc' Sands taking his place.

With the formalities out of the way, the draw began in earnest. Of the first round matches there is an interesting selection including Viktor Blom versus Andrew Litchtenberger, Isaac Haxton versus Justin Bonomo, Phil Ivey versus Phil Laak and Jason Mercier versus Dan Smith.

All the first round matches will be played out today before the next two rounds commence on January 25. Following that, the final flurry of match-ups will take place on January 26 when a winner will be crowned.

First round of NBC Heads-Up Championship:

Esfandiari v Tilly

Duhamel v Glantz

Moorman v Mortenson

Salsberg v Cates

Rousso v Timoshenko

Deeb v Frankenberger

Bloch v Julius

Failla v Seiver

Lamb v Greenstein

Monnette v Raymer

Blom v Litchtenberger

Mizrachi v Matusow

Williams v Hennigan

Simon v Oppenheim

Laak v Ivey

Haxton v Bonomo

Cheong v Busquet

Bellande v Miller

Ho v Galfond

Katchalov v Jaka

J Smith v Grospellier

Hellmuth v Sexton

Moneymaker v Somerville

Salaburu v Sands

Seidel v Dwan

Marchese v Brunson

Hastings v Matros

Schulman v Elezra

Merson v Serock

Charania v Seed

Boeree v Baumann

Mercier v D Smith

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Tags: NBC Heads-Up Championship, David Negreanu, Phil Laak, Phil Ivey, Isaac Haxton, Justin Bonomo