NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship Invite List Complete
January 30, 2022
NBC has released the list of the 60 invited players for the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. This year's list has many familiar names and also quite a few new surprises.

Poker devotees will be happy to see that the 2008 NHPC will showcase some of the best and brightest poker players in the game, such as Doyle Brunson, Gus Hansen, Allen Cunningham, and Barry Greenstein. However, the tournament will also feature exciting celebrities from television, movies, and sports, like Jason Alexander, Brad Garrett, Don Cheadle and Orel Hershiser. Highly talented online players were also not forgotten, with invites going out to Scott "BigRiskky" Clements, Tom "durrr" Dwan, and Brian "sbrugby" Townsend.

NBC's list shows a real understanding of who's hot in poker right now, with a special nod to players that made a big impact in 2007, such as World Series Of Poker champion Jerry Yang, and the three different 2007 Player Of The Year winners, David "The Dragon" Pham (Cardplayer), J.C. Tran (All In), and Bill Edler (Bluff).

The poker world gets bigger everyday, yet every year the NHPC only has room for 64 players (60 invited players plus 4 special qualifiers). This always makes for a controversial situation. This year it seems NBC did their best to represent a real cross section of the poker playing community and now it's up to that community to decide how they did.

Here is the complete list of the 60 invited players:

1. Alexander, Jason
2. Antonius, Patrik
3. Bellande, Jean-Robert
4. Benyamine, David
5. Brown, Chad
6. Brunson, Doyle
7. Brunson, Todd
8. Chan, Johnny
9. Cheadle, Don
10. Clements, Scott
11. Cloutier, T.J.
12. Cunningham, Allen
13. Deeb, Freddy
14. Duke, Annie
15. Dwan, Tom
16. Edler, Bill
17. Elezra, Eli
18. Elizabeth, Shannon
19. Esfandiari, Antonio
20. Farha, Sam
21. Ferguson, Chris
22. Fischman, Scott
23. Forrest, Ted
24. Garrett, Brad
25. Gold, Jamie
26. Gowen, Clonie
27. Greenstein, Barry
28. Grizzle, Sam
29. Hachem, Joe
30. Hansen, Gus
31. Harman, Jennifer
32. Hellmuth, Phil
33. Hershiser, Orel
34. Ivey, Phil
35. Juanda, John
36. Kaplan, Gabe
37. Laak, Phil
38. Lederer, Howard
39. Lindgren, Erick
40. Little, Jonathan
41. Matusow, Mike
42. Mizrachi, Michael
43. Negreanu, Daniel
44. Nguyen, Scotty
45. Pham, David
46. Raymer, Greg
47. Rousso, Vanessa
48. Schneider, Tom
49. Schreiber, Daniel
50. Seed, Huck
51. Seidel, Erik
52. Singer, David
53. Smith, Gavin
54. Tilly, Jennifer
55. Townsend, Brian
56. Tran, J.C.
57. Tran, Kenny
58. Wasicka, Paul
59. Williams, David
60. Yang, Jerry

Edited By Mark Anderson
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