And then there were 32: NBC National Heads-up Poker Championship Day 1 Wrap-up
March 6, 2022
Just one official day of play into the NBC National Heads-up Poker Championship (NHUPC), and already the field of poker all-stars invited to this year’s tournament has been cut in half, with plenty of upsets and surprises to mess up people’s bracket pools.

The results from the first round of play at the NHUPC were as follows:

Clubs Bracket                    

Chris Moneymaker defeated Patrik Antonius   

Leo Wolpert Walloped Eric Baldwin                        

David Williams dispatched Joe Cada                        

Erik Seidel outlasted last year’s champ Huck Seed  
Erick Lindgren dropped Dan Ramirez 

Peter Eastgate ended Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier         
Stephen Quinn KO’d Ted Forrest               
Jamie Gold destroyed Dario Minieri               

Spades Bracket

Phil Ivey made Gavin Smith go

Scotty Nguyen eliminated Richard Edwards

Joe Hachem gave the hatchet to Shawn Rice

Gabe Kaplan crushed Johnny Chan

Jason Mercier nixed Daniel Negreanu

Pieter de Korver slayed Mike Sexton

Phil Gordon dusted off Tom “durrrr” Dwan

Phil “The Unabomber” Laak blew up John Juanda

Hearts Bracket                   

Allen Cunningham cut up Jesper Hougaard   
Eli Elezra eliminated Greg Mueller                        

Chris “Jesus” Ferguson dominated Annette Dworski            

Dennis Phillips scratched Kara Scott       
Doyle Brunson broke Brock Parker       
Don Cheadle creamed J.P. Kelly   
Phil Hellmuth laid to waste Howard Lederer        
Annette Obrestad axed Orel Hershiser                    

Diamonds Bracket

Barry Greenstein rousted Vanessa Rousso

Sam Farha forced out Antonio Esfandiari

Jennifer Harman hung-out Jennifer Tilly to dry

Jerry Yang silenced Mike Matusow

Darvin Moon killed Bill Huntress

Annie Duke ousted Andy Bloch

Paul Wasicka wasted Andrew Wilson

Gus Hansen ruined Greg Raymer

With their first rounds successfully completed, these 32 survivors will today take aim at their next obstacles on the path to the $500,000 top prize- and all the glory that goes with it.

Today's Second Round NHUPC matches (3/6) will be as follows:

Clubs Bracket

Chris Moneymaker vs. Leo Wolpert
David Williams vs. Erik Seidel
Erick Lindgren vs. Peter Eastgate
Stephen Quinn vs. Jamie Gold

Spades Bracket

Phil Ivey vs. Scotty Nguyen
Joe Hachem vs. Gabe Kaplan
Jason Mercier vs. Pieter de Korver
Phil Gordon vs. Phil Laak

Hearts Bracket

Allen Cunningham vs. Eli Elezra
Chris Ferguson vs. Dennis Phillips
Doyle Brunson vs. Don Cheadle
Phil Hellmuth vs. Annette Obrestad

Diamonds Bracket

Barry Greenstein vs. Sam Farha
Jennifer Harman vs. Jerry Yang
Darvin Moon vs. Annie Duke
Paul Wasicka vs. Gus Hansen

The heads-up action at Caesars today should be epic, and thankfully can be enjoyed numerous ways online.  To follow all the matches, before the event hits television screens mid-April, check out live updates 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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