The 2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship will be taking place this weekend (February 29th to March 2nd), and the field has almost entirely been verified, save for one spot.
There will be sixty-four players taking part in this event. Almost every single player will be recognizable to even the most casual of poker fans, save for three players. Two of the 64 players have qualified through Caesar's satellites (Tom Kelly and Hooman Nikzad) and one player will qualify through Pokerstars.net (I believe that the Round 3 Final took place on Sunday, however I have not seen anything on the Pokerstars website that would indicate who won).
The drawing party will take place at the Pure nightclub on February 28th, and the tournament will begin the next day.
The first place prize will be $500k. Second place will receive $250k, third and fourth place will receive $125k, fifth to eighth place will receive $75k and the ninth to sixteenth place finishers will receive $25k. In total, there will be $1.5 million dollars in the prize pool.
The event will be shown on NBC, starting on April 13th and running each week until May 18th. Check your local listings for air times.
Only one player who was originally extended an invitation to the event pulled out, and that was Brad Garrett. Andy Bloch filled his place, and Chris Moneymaker also ended up being extended an invitation.
There will be a number of celebrities in the field, including:
Jason Alexander, Don Cheadle, and Shannon Elizabeth
There will be a number of WSOP main event champions in the field, including:
Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Chris Moneymaker, Jamie Gold, Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer and Jerry Yang
There will be young "online" talent, including:
Brian "sbrugby" Townsend, Jonathan "FieryJustice" Little and Tom "Durrrr" Dwan
In addition to that, you have some of the best poker minds in the world playing this event, including:
Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Barry Greenstein and Ted Forrest
From top to bottom, with a couple of exceptions, this field is stacked. The amount of WSOP bracelets in this event is mind-boggling. Can you imagine qualifying through Pokerstars.net and having to be paired up against one of the aforementioned players in the first round? Intimidating to say the least.
We will update you again once the drawing party takes place on the 28th. There are sure to be some very interesting first-round match-ups.
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