The National Heads-Up Poker Championship features 64 top poker players competing in a series of heads-up, one-on-one matches of no limit Texas Hold’em to determine the best heads-up poker player in the world. This tournament has a unique, single-elimination, bracket-style format modeled after college basketball’s championship tournament, except the finals are the best of three.
The single elimination tournament will be hosted at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas between March 3rd and 6th.
Last year. Annie Duke defeated Erik Seidel in the finals to earn a $500,000 prize. This year’s prize pool is $1.8 million with the winner walking away with $750,000.
Scheduled to appear are some of the top poker pros including Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Chris Ferguson, Vanessa Rousso, Andy Bloch, Darvin Moon, Huck Seed, along with the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel. Another former WSOP champion Peter Eastgate who just announced he will be coming out of retirement is also expected to play.
First round opponents will be chosen at random during a draw party held the PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 3. Single-elimination competition is set to begin on Friday, March 4 at noon and continues through Sunday, March 6, when a two-out-of-three championship match will determine the winner.
Jon Miller, President of Programming of NBC Sports and Versus, commented in a press release, “We are proud to broadcast the National Heads-Up Poker Championship for a seventh consecutive year for our viewers to see some of the most exciting poker in the world. You never know what match-ups you are going to get in Heads-Up. Every year, we are amazed with the outcome of who beats who when the best of the best battle it out.”