NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship matches announced

NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship matches announced

Friday, 4 March 2011

The NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship – or NBC NHUPC as the cool kids call it – is not a display of the world’s best 64 players but is the talking point for most of them. The Twitter feed from poker pros this morning was buzzing with NBC draws and announcing their matches. Expect to see a lot of #NBCNHUPC tweets.

The sixty-four players who enter the event generally make up a mix of the old guard, celebrities and new poker players who are currently A-list. This means that joining Chris Ferguson, Mike Matusow and Phil Gordon are comedians Don Cheadle and Jason Alexander as well as online poker legends such as Daniel “jungleman12” Cates. No Isildur1, though – he’s not 21 yet.
The players whittle the field down to 16 tonight and return tomorrow for the final match-ups. The first round draw is as follows:

Diamonds bracket
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier vs. Justin Young
Joe Hachem vs. Phil Galfond
Vanessa Selbst vs. Eli Elezra
Peter Eastgate vs.Chris Ferguson
Huck Seed vs. Jennifer Harman
Erik Seidel vs. Allen Cunningham
Mike Matusow vs. Greg Raymer
Thomas Marchese vs. Phil Gordon

Clubs bracket
Dwyte Pilgrim vs. Olivier Busquet
Liv Boeree vs. Jason Alexander
Jason Mercier vs. Ted Forrest
Andy Bloch vs. John Juanda
Barry Greenstein vs. Ayaz Mahmood
Jonathan Duhamel vs. Melburn Whitmire
Nicolas Chouity vs. Antonio Esfandiari

Hearts bracket
Kara Scott vs. David "Viffer" Peat
David Williams vs. Emmitt Smith
Gavin Smith vs. Gus Hansen
James Bord vs. Frank Kassela
Phil Laak vs. Daniel Negreanu
Michael Mizrachi vs. Vanessa Rousso
Don Cheadle vs. Tom Dwan
Phil Hellmuth vs. David Benyamine

Spades bracket
Doyle Brunson vs. Jennifer Tilly
Erick Lindgren vs. Dennis Phillips
Daniel Cates vs. Phil Ivey
John Racener vs. Chris Moneymaker
Carlos Mortensen vs. Sam Trickett
Eric Baldwin vs. David Oppenheim
Patrik Antonius vs. Sorel Mizzi
Eugene Katchalov vs. Faraz Jaka

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