NHUPC Announces The First Round Battles
February 29, 2022
During an exclusive party at the Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the players in the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship (NHUPC) finally found out who they would have to face in the first round.

The announced match-ups should make for some great poker, with "Kid Poker" himself Daniel Negreanu taking on "The Grinder" Michael Mizrachi; Erick Lindgren battling Eli Elezra, and Poker Road Radio's Gavin Smith facing off against 2007 WSOP Player of the Year, Tom Schneider.

Besides the potential for great poker, there are many match-ups that sound downright entertaining. For instance, celebrity player and sports legend Orel Hershiser has been the man to fear for most of his historic career, however it looks like the shoe will be on the other foot now, as he will have to beat poker legend Ted Forrest just to make it out of the first round. Or imagine the verbal fireworks at Jean-Robert Bellande's table as he goes up against the always entertaining Sam Grizzle. Lastly, try to picture the lovely table that will have Jennifer Tilly facing off against Clonie Gowen.

The complete run down of the 32 NHUPC matches are as follows:


Vanessa Rousso vs. Antonio Esfandiari
Shannon Elizabeth vs. Andy Bloch
Todd Brunson vs. Scott Fischman
Jamie Gold vs. Tom Kelly
Ted Forrest vs. Orel Hershiser
Allen Cunningham vs. Chad Brown
John Robert Bellande vs. Sam Grizzle
Paul Wasicka vs. Freddie Deeb


Jason Alexander vs. Huck Seed
David Pham vs. Brian Townsend
Jennifer Tilly vs. Clonie Gowen
Daniel Negreanu vs. Michael Mizrachi
Barry Greenstein vs. Howard Lederer
David Benyamine vs. Jennifer Harman
Sam Farha vs. Doyle Brunson
Erick Lindgren vs. Eli Elezra


Jonathan Little vs. Erik Seidel
Patrik Antonius vs. Gabe Kaplan
Greg Raymer vs. Hooman Nikzad
Kenny Tran vs. Scott Clements
Mike Matusow vs. Joe Hachem
Tom Dwan vs. Phil Hellmuth
Tom Schneider vs. Gavin Smith
Chris Ferguson vs. John Juanda


Don Cheadle vs. Gus Hansen
Scotty Nguyen vs. Bill Edler
Chris Moneymaker vs. Jerry Yang
David Singer vs. Phil Laak
Phil Ivey vs. Alisha Kunze
David Williams vs. Johnny Chan
Daniel Schreiber vs. TJ Cloutier
Annie Duke vs. JC Tran

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