2011 NBC NHUPC: The Elite Eight
March 6, 2022
The second day of play of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship- efficient as it was- halved the field of 32 surviving Day 1 players, not once but twice, leaving only 8 players to return to the Caesars Palace poker room this Sunday.

With the elimination of football legend Emmitt Smith at the hands of Andrew Robl yesterday, not a single non-poker celebrity remains in this year’s NHUPC field, but for diehard poker fans there are still plenty of players to get excited about in this year’s Elite Eight including Erik Seidel, who’s still in the running and looking to add another huge cash to his already unfathomably good 2011.

The Round 2 results of the 2011 NBC NHUPC were as follows:

Spades Bracket Round 2

Doyle Brunson vs. Dennis Phillips: Winner Doyle Brunson
Daniel Cates vs. Chris Moneymaker: Winner Chris Moneymaker
Carlos Mortensen vs. David Oppenheim: Winner David Oppenheim
Patrik Antonius vs. Eugene Katchalov: Winner Eugene Katchalov

Hearts Bracket Round 2

Andrew Robl vs. Emmitt Smith: Winner Andrew Robl
Gavin Smith vs. James Bord: Winner James Bord
Phil Laak vs. Michael Mizrachi: Winner Michael Mizrachi
Tom Dwan vs. David Benyamine: Winner David Benyamine

Diamonds Bracket Round 2

Bertrand Grospellier vs. Phil Galfond: Winner Phil Galfond
Vanessa Selbst vs. Peter Eastgate: Winner Vanessa Selbst
Jennifer Harman vs. Erik Seidel: Winner Erik Seidel
Greg Raymer vs. Phil Gordon: Winner Phil Gordon

Clubs Bracket Round 2

Olivier Busquet vs. Liv Boeree: Winner Olivier Busquet
Jason Mercier vs. Andy Bloch: Winner Jason Mercier
Barry Greenstein vs. Ayaz Mahmood: Winner Ayaz Mahmood
Jonathan Duhamel vs. Antonio Esfandiari: Winner Jonathan Duhamel

The Round 3 results of the 2011 NBC NHUPC were as follows:

Spades Bracket Round 3

Doyle Brunson vs. Chris Moneymaker: Winner Chris Moneymaker
David Oppenheim vs. Eugene Katchalov: Winner David Oppenheim

Hearts Bracket Round 3

Andrew Robl vs. James Bord: Winner Andrew Robl
Michael Mizrachi vs. David Benyamine: Winner David Benyamine

Diamonds Bracket Round 3

Phil Galfond vs. Vanessa Selbst: Winner Vanessa Selbst
Erik Seidel vs. Phil Gordon: Winner Erik Seidel

Clubs Bracket Round 3

Olivier Busquet vs. Jason Mercier: Winner Olivier Busquet
Ayaz Mahmood vs. Jonathan Duhamel: Winner Jonathan Duhamel

The “Elite Eight” match-ups of the 2011 NBC NHUPC are as follows:

Spades Bracket Quarterfinals
Chris Moneymaker vs. David Oppenheim

Hearts Bracket Quarterfinals
Andrew Robl vs. David Benyamine

Diamonds Bracket Quarterfinals
Vanessa Selbst vs. Erik Seidel

Clubs Bracket Quarterfinals
Olivier Busquet vs. Jonathan Duhamel

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