NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship Final 8 Table (2009)

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C Costigan
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2009 National Heads-Up Poker Championship

Gambling911.com is thrilled to announce the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship Final 8 table and we'll be able to watch this illustrious group in action beginning April 12 through May 17 (afternoon/early evening schedule - check your local listings).  Is the fix in?  Seriously, this is one of the best final tables ever assembled on the poker circuit.  Too bad Doyle isn't a part of it, but we can't win them all. 

And the final 8 are:

Vanessa Rousso - This one has made the folks at Gambling911.com mighty excited.  Ms. Rousso has been on a complete tear on the poker circuit.  She sat down with us and heading into the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship event and our own Jenny Woo gave her a little bit of pixie dust, blessing her with the luck of the Half Korean/Half Redneck Banjo and Daejaeng Playing Pixie Fairy. 

"Poker players are people who are kids at heart.  We love games and so we're always playing around.  We always try to turn everything into some sort of a friendly competition," Rousso told Woo this past week.

Phil Hellmuth Jr. - Another Gambling911.com fav and representative of one of our premium online poker sponsors, UltimateBet.com, Hellmuth has won more World Series of Poker bracelets than any single human being on the planet.

"Being a "Bad boy" pays well," the self-proclaimed ‘Poker Brat' told our Jenny Woo.  "(And) I think 70% of the people watching see that there is a lot of good in me, 100 times the amount of bad.  In fact, the only bad in me is that I whine too much, and go off on people, but it just so happens that it makes for great television."

As we know it will come May now that he's among the final 8 left standing in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

Daniel Negreanu - The most adored player in the game today.  Negreanu came in second at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe.  He continues to be among the most admired poker players out there.

David Williams - David is not one to go down in da-feet easily.  This foot loving granny sheet shagging Mr. Luva Luva brings a little Hollywood/Vegas "bad boy" entertainment value to the final table.  We're told David is now embracing his image as a sort of pseudo freak.  He can't be a "real" one - the kid went to Southern Methodist University and studied Economics!

David Oppenheim - With total live tournament winnings of around $600,000, Oppenheim is hardly the celebrity but his appearance in the 2009 National Heads-Up Poker Championship makes for an interesting side story.  Oppenheim replaced Layne Flack last minute after Flack was arrested for a DUI in Las Vegas the morning this event was set to start.  For the record, Flack denies he was drinking and driving and claimed the next day his blood alcohol level was zero.  Maybe the next day it was!

Bertrand Grospellier, Huck Seed and Sam Fahra round out the remaining eight at the final table of the 2009 National Heads-Up Poker Championship.  Congrats to all.  The winner will be rewarded $500,000!

Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher