Round of 64 Will Take Place on Friday, March 4thPublished on March 4th, 2011 3:18 am EST
The first-round matchups for the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship were revealed earlier tonight during a draw party at PURE nightclub in Caesars Palace.
There were some changes to the original list of entrants. Annie Duke, Howard Lederer and Gabe Kaplan are out (not sure why), and have been replaced by Carlos Mortensen, David Peat and David Oppenheim.
The round of 64 will get underway on Friday afternoon. Here are the first-round matchups:
Dwyte Pilgrim vs Olivier Busquet
Liv Boeree vs Jason Alexander
Jason Mercier vs Ted Forrest
Andy Bloch vs John Juanda
Barry Greenstein vs Scotty Nguyen
Annette Obrestad vs Ayaz Mahmood
Jonathan Duhamel vs Melburn Whitmire
Nicolas Chouity vs Antonio Esfandiari
Doyle Brunson vs Jennifer Tilly
Erick Lindgren vs Dennis Phillips
Daniel Cates vs Phil Ivey
John Racener vs Chris Moneymaker
Carlos Mortensen vs Sam Trickett
Eric Baldwin vs David Oppenheim
Patrik Antonius vs Sorel Mizzi
Eugene Katchalov vs Faraz Jaka
Kara Scott vs David Peat
David Williams vs Emmitt Smith
Gavin Smith vs Gus Hansen
James Bord vs Frank Kassela
Phil Laak vs Daniel Negreanu
Michael Mizrachi vs Vanessa Rousso
Don Cheadle vs Tom Dwan
Phil Hellmuth vs David Benyamine
Bertrand Grospellier vs Justin Young
Joe Hachem vs Phil Galfond
Vanessa Selbst vs Eli Elezra
Peter Eastgate vs Chris Ferguson
Huck Seed vs Jennifer Harman
Erik Seidel vs Allen Cunningham
Mike Matusow vs Greg Raymer
Thomas Marchese vs Phil Gordon
There are certainly some intriguing first-round matchups. Daniel "jungleman12" Cates vs Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow vs Greg Raymer (they have some history together) and Daniel Negreanu vs Phil Laak stand out the most to me.
There are also some interesting possibilities in the later rounds. John Racener and Sorel Mizzi are in the same bracket and could potentially play each other in the quarterfinals. Tom Dwan and Phil Hellmuth could potentially meet in the second round. Scotty Nguyen and Annette Obrestad could potentially square off as well in the second round.
The tournament, as mentioned, gets underway on Friday afternoon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
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