Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu Eliminated in First Round

Published on March 5th, 2011 7:11 am EST

Phil Ivey at the World Series of Poker 2010Round one of the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship is now in the books, as the first day of play wrapped up just over an hour ago.

32 first round matchups took place on Friday, with the original field of 64 players being thinned down to 32.

Three of the biggest names in the poker world, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu, failed to advance to the second round of play on Saturday. Phil Ivey succumbed to Daniel "jungleman12" Cates, Daniel Negreanu was dispatched by the always talkative Phil Laak and Phil Hellmuth was sent to the rail by David Benyamine.

It was not a good day for former National Heads-Up Poker Championship winners, as Phil Hellmuth, Ted Forrest, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Huck Seed all hit the rail. Two other former winners, Annie Duke and Paul Wasicka, did not participate in this year's event.


Here are Saturday's Round 2 matchups:

Diamond Bracket:

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier vs Phil Galfond
Vanessa Selbst vs Peter Eastgate
Jennifer Harman vs Erik Seidel
Greg Raymer vs Phil Gordon

Club Bracket

Olivier Busquet vs Liv Boeree
Jason Mercier vs Andy Bloch
Barry Greenstein vs Ayaz Mahmood
Jonathan Duhamel vs Antonio Esfandiari

Heart Bracket

Andrew Robl vs Emmitt Smith
Gavin Smith vs James Bord
Phil Laak vs Michael Mizrachi
Tom Dwan vs David Benyamine

Spade Bracket

Doyle Brunson vs Dennis Phillips
Daniel "jungleman12" Cates vs Chris Moneymaker
Carlos Mortensen vs David Oppenheimer
Patrik Antonius vs Eugene Katchalov


The Round of 32 and the Round of 16 will take place on Saturday, with the remaining three rounds taking place on Sunday.



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