NBC National Heads-up Poker Championship Begins The Process
March 5, 2022
For hold ‘em fans, this weekend is looking to be all about one thing, heads-up play, as the poker world once again turns its attention to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, for the NBC National Heads-up Poker Championship.

This exciting yearly event, whittles 64 top players to one single champ, through a bracket style competition similar to the NCAA’s “March Madness,” only instead of taking the good part of a month, poker players can get everything decided in about 4 days.

That process began last night at Caesar’s PURE nightclub, with the random picking party that gave players their first looks at whether they would start out battling one-of-seven (always underestimated) online qualifiers, or one of the most famous players in all of poker.

The first round matches for the NBC National Heads-up Poker Championship are as follows:

Clubs Bracket                                                        Spades Bracket

Patrik Antonius vs.                                                Gavin Smith vs.
Chris Moneymaker                                                Phil Ivey   

Leo Wolpert vs.                                                      Richard Edwards vs.
Eric Baldwin                                                          Scotty Nguyen

David Williams vs.                                                 Shawn Rice vs.
Joe Cada                                                                 Joe Hachem

Erik Seidel vs.                                                        Gabe Kaplan vs.
Huck Seed                                                              Johnny Chan

Dan Ramirez vs.                                                    Daniel Negreanu vs.
Erick Lindgren                                                       Jason Mercier

Peter Eastgate vs.                                                   Pieter de Korver vs.
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier                                 Mike Sexton

Stephen Quinn vs.                                                  Phil Gordon vs.
Ted Forrest                                                             Tom Dwan

Dario Minieri vs.                                                    Phil Laak vs.
Jamie Gold                                                             John Juanda

Hearts Bracket                                                      Diamonds Bracket

Jesper Hougaard vs.                                              Barry Greenstein vs.
Allen Cunningham                                                Vanessa Rousso

Eli Elezra vs.                                                         Sam Farha vs.
Greg Mueller                                                         Antonio Esfandiari

Annette Dworski vs.                                              Jennifer Harman vs.
Chris “Jesus” Ferguson                                         Jennifer Tilly

Kara Scott vs.                                                        Jerry Yang vs.
Dennis Phillips                                                      Mike Matusow

Brock Parker vs.                                                    Darvin Moon vs.
Doyle Brunson                                                      Bill Huntress

J.P. Kelly vs.                                                          Andy Bloch vs.
Don Cheadle                                                         Annie Duke

Howard Lederer
vs.                                              Andrew Wilson vs.
Phil Hellmuth                                                       Paul Wasicka

Annette Obrestad vs.                                            Gus Hansen vs.
Orel Hershiser                                                      Greg Raymer

With the brackets now known, cards are already in the air at Caesars and by late tonight (Friday March, 5th), all 32 of the preliminary matches should be decided. 

With the collective power of nearly all of poker media now firmly focused on these matches, there are countless online ways to follow and enjoy the weekend’s action before the event hits television screens mid-April.  Some of the most thorough sites for updates currently seem to be coming from either,, the live blog via NBC Sports, or our own PokerRoad Nation main page tracker, with live tweets from the players as they play.                                             
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