2009 NBC Heads Up Poker Championship Lineup Announced

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C Costigan
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NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship

Which poker players will be playing in this year's NBC Heads Up Poker Championship?  Gambling911.com has the list below. 

This is widely considered poker's March Madness, with an almost identical structure.

The single-elimination tournament is modeled after college basketball tournaments. Players who win a match advance to the next round; the player who wins six matches is crowned champion.

The first round of the 2009 NBC Heads Up Poker Championship is seeded randomly the night before the tournament begins. Players are divided into four brackets - Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, and Spades - and advance by winning a heads-up match against their randomly drawn opponent. The structure of the brackets then determines every match thereafter. The semifinals are comprised of one player from each bracket, with the winner of the Spades bracket playing the winner of the Clubs bracket, and the winner of the Hearts bracket matched up against the winner of the Diamonds bracket. A best-of-three final match then determines which of the two finalists is crowned champion.

It is a $20,000 buy-in invitation-only tournament organized as a series of one-on-one games of no limit hold'em matches. The participants include many of the world's best poker players.  The NBC Heads Up Poker Championship was the first to be broadcast on a national broadcast network.

The 2009 event will take place from March 6 to March 8 and it's going to be an exciting time for us here at Gambling911.com to cover.  Be sure to bookmark the Gambling911.com website for all the latest updates.

Here is the complete listing of the 2009 NBC Heads Up Poker Championship players:

David Benyamine
Andy Bloch

Chad Brown

Doyle Brunson

Johnny Chan

Don Cheadle

Glen Chorny

Allen Cunningham

Ivan Demidov - voted among Gambling911.com's Most Influential in online gambling in 2008

Annie Duke

Tom "Durr" Dwan

Peter Eastgate

Eli Elezra

Antonio Esfandiari

Sam Farha

Chris Ferguson

Scott Fischman

Layne Flack

Ted Forrest

Brad Garrett

Jamie Gold

Clonie Gowen

Barry Greenstein

Gavin Griffin

Bertrand Grospellier

Joe Hachem

Gus Hansen

Jennifer Harman

Phil Hellmuth

Orel Hershiser

Jeffrey Ishbia (Caesars qualifier)

Phil Ivey

John Juanda

Gabe Kaplan

Phil Laak

Howard Lederer

Erick Lindgren

Jonathan Little

Mike Matusow

Dario Minieri

Chris Moneymaker

Daniel Negreanu

Scotty Nguyen

David Pham

John Phan

Greg Raymer

Vanessa Rousso

Ilari Sahamies

Huck Seed

Vanessa Selbst

Erik Seidel

Mike Sexton

Gavin Smith

Jennifer Tilly

J.C. Tran

Kenny Tran

Paul Wasicka

David Williams

Jerry YangLeon Yanovski (online qualifier)

Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher        

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