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It’s an all-NBC National Heads-Up Championship 3-Bet today with Daniel Negreanu making his Heads-Up picks, some hilarious Twitter trash talk and the best NBC HU clip of all-time.
1) Negreanu Predicts ElkY to Win NBC Heads-Up
So Daniel Negreanu may not be actually playing the NBC National Heads-Up Championship but that hasn’t kept the one-man media machine from taking an interest in the contest.
Negreanu posted his predictions based on the recently released draws for the heads-up tournament on Full Contact Poker today.
For the most part Negreanu was pretty conservative in his guesses and didn’t really offer any huge upsets.
His potential final four is pretty online heavy, however, with Chris Moorman, Andrew Lichtenberger and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier as well as Liv Boeree.
Boeree might not be a bad choice actually as women have historically done very well in this tournament with Vanessa Rousso finishing second in 2009 and Annie Duke winning it all in 2010.
In the end Negreanu went with ElkY to win it all for the $500,000 first-place prize.
ElkY is a very solid pick considering he made the final four of NBC heads-up in 2009. Also, he's insanely good at poker. Check out the rest of Negreanu's picks on Full Contact Poker.
2) NBC Heads-Up Ignites Trash Talk on Twitter
With NBC Heads-Up set to start later today some of the contestants have already started to needle each other on Twitter.
Maria Ho, Gaelle Baumann, Chris Moorman and Justin Bonomo all had some choice Tweets but Erik Seidel razzing opponent Tom Dwan over the amount of time he spends in Macau was highlight-reel worthy.
Here’s a look at some of the best Tweets regarding NBC Heads-Up:
My 1st round match up in the NBC HU is the great asian player Tom Dwan— Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) January 24, 2013
In the interest of accuracy, Tom was actually born in the US. He moved to Macau when he was very young and spent his formative years there— Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) January 24, 2013
At this point Tom's Asian enough to interest @barrygreenstein— Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) January 24, 2013
3) Dwan Lays Sick Beat on Hellmuth in Famous NBC HU Clip
Finally we’ll cap our multi-media look at the NBC National Heads-Up Championship with perhaps the most famous clip from the long-running tournament.
We’re talking about Phil Hellmuth getting his pocket aces cracked by Tom Dwan’s pocket tens.
If you’ve never seen it, Dwan 4-Bet jams with tens pre-flop only to get immediately called by Hellmuth with aces.
A ten hit on the turn and that launched Hellmuth into one of his most uproarious tirades ever. Just watch the clip: