NBC’s Heads-Up Poker Championship Field Set

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The field for the 6th annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship presented by GoDaddy.com, the world's largest domain name registrar, is flush with a who's who of the poker world, including a dozen World Series of Poker Main Event champions, top all-time money winners, online studs, and Academy Award nominees.  Poker's most prestigious heads up tournament brings 64 of the best poker players in the world to the Caesars Palace Poker Tournament Room to compete in its distinctive, bracket-style head-to-head format for $1.5 million in combined prize money.  The event will be taped for broadcast on NBC over six consecutive Sundays in April and May. The first round opponents for the brackets will be chosen at random during the GoDaddy.com Draw Party held at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 4.  The competition begins Friday, March 5 and continues through Sunday, March 7.

"The lineup of competitors for this year's event is the best yet," said Jon Miller, executive vice president of NBC Sports. "Continually bringing together the best of the best to compete in this unique format has made the National Heads-Up Poker Championship one of the most anticipated poker events of the year."

 "We'll of course be rooting for our Go Daddy Girl Vanessa Rousso," said Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. "Vanessa is ready for another great run at this year's 2010 Heads up tournament. She'll definitely bring her 'A' game given the fierce competition."


The entire field (alphabetical order): 

Patrick  Antonius

Eric Baldwin

Andy Bloch

Doyle Brunson

Joe Cada

Johnny Chan

Don Cheadle

Allen Cunningham

Pieter De-Korver

Annie Duke

Tom Dwan

Peter Eastgate

Eli Elezra

Antonio Esfandiari

Sam Farha

Chris Ferguson

Ted Forrest

Jamie Gold

Phil Gordon

Barry Greenstein

Bertrand Grospellier

Joe Hachem

Gus Hansen

Jennifer Harman

Phil Hellmuth

Orel Hershiser

Jesper  Hougaard

Phil Ivey

John Juanda

Gabe Kaplan

John Paul Kelly

Phil Laak

Howard Lederer

Erick Lindgren

Mike Matusow

Jason Mercier

Dario Minieri

Chris Moneymaker

Darvin Moon

Greg Mueller

Daniel Negreanu

Scotty Nguyen

Annette Obrestad

Brock Parker

Dennis  Phillips

Greg Raymer

Vanessa Rousso

Kara Scott

Huck Seed

Erik Seidel

Mike Sexton

Gavin Smith

Jennifer Tilly

Paul Wasicka

David Williams

Leo Wolpert

Jerry Yang



The National Heads-Up Poker Championship features 64 top poker players competing in a series of heads-up (one-on-one matches of No Limit Texas Hold'em) matches to determine the best heads-up poker player in the world.  This tournament has a unique, single-elimination, bracket-style format modeled after college basketball's championship tournament, except that the finals are the best of three.  The first-place finisher receives $500,000, with second-place taking home $250,000. The viewing gallery at the Caesars Palace Poker Tournament Room is open to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. 


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NBC's television coverage:
April 18 - Noon - 1PM ET/9:00-10:00 AM PT 
April 25 - Noon - 2PM ET/9:00-11:00AM PT 
May 2 - Noon - 2PM ET/9:00-11:00 AM PT 
May 9 - Noon - 2PM ET/9:00-11:00 AM PT 
May 16 - Noon - 2PM ET/9:00-11:00 AM PT 
May 23 - Noon - 3PM ET/9:00-Noon AM PT

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