NHPC Starts Today; Players Meet Your Matches
March 6, 2022

The first round of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship starts today at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and thanks to yesterday's PURE nightclub draw party, all 64 competitors now know exactly who they're facing first.

Once again organizers of the NHPC have set up four starting brackets labeled either Spades, Diamonds, Hearts or Clubs, with eight matches set to roll today in each bracket.

-Hearts Bracket - (first round 12:15 PM PT)

Johnny Chan vs. Eli Elezra
Erick Lindgren vs. Howard Lederer
J.C. Tran vs. David Williams
Jamie Gold vs. Scott Fischman
Erik Seidel vs. John Phan
Jerry Yang vs. Clonie Gowen
Allen Cunningham vs. Sam Farha
Andy Bloch vs. Peter Eastgate

-Diamonds Bracket - (first round 2:45 PM PT)

Kenny Tran vs. Antonio Esfandiari
Greg Raymer vs. Jennifer Harman
Kenny Yeh vs. Phil Laak
Vanessa Selbst vs. Layne Flack
David Benyamine vs. Gus Hansen
Huck Seed vs. Jonathan Little
Chad Brown vs. Glen Chorny
Annie Duke vs. Brad Garrett

-Clubs Bracket - (first round 5:45 PM PT)

Don Cheadle vs. David Pham
Paul Wasicka vs. Nicholas Joy
Jennifer Tilly vs. Phil Ivey
Doyle Brunson vs. Vanessa Rousso
Hevad Khan vs. Scotty Nguyen
Ted Forrest vs. Orel Hershiser
Daniel Negreanu vs. Chris Moneymaker
Mike Matusow vs. Dario Minieri

-Spades Bracket - (first round 8:15)

Gabe Kaplan vs. Chris Ferguson
John Juanda vs. Joe Hachem
Ilari Sahamies vs. Gavin Smith
Fred Collins vs. Bertrand Grospellier
Jeffrey Ishbia vs. Leon Yanovski
Mike Sexton vs. Phil Hellmuth
Gavin Griffin vs. Tom Dwan
Barry Greenstein vs. Blandino Gines

As this is a single elimination tournament (except for the final match of the event), the completion of today's first round matches will effectively cut the NHPC field in half. All 32 surviving players will then reconvene at Caesars tomorrow where they will play two more rounds, followed by the final three rounds on Sunday.

To follow the action live all weekend long, open a second window and visit for updates, and photos straight from the Palace. will be there too, with our own unique stye of coverage that will include new episodes of PokerRoad Radio, blogs, videos and forum posts; each serving to give our peeps the best insider look, at what is by most accounts, the biggest heads-up event of the year.

Story by Mark Anderson

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