Hellmuth, Matusow, Cates in NBC Heads-Up Final 8

Phil Hellmuth
Hellmuth: Another nice run.

The field of 64 at the $25k NBC Heads-Up Championship is down to just eight with Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow leading the charge to the final.

Two of the game's original and most recognizable stars, both had to knock off tough opponents in the Rounds of 32 and 16 to advance.

Hellmuth, who won the inaugural NBC Heads-Up event in 2005, continued his string of strong results in the past year by defeating Justin Smith and David "Doc" Sands.

Matusow, who hasn't seen the same level of success or exposure since Black Friday, surprised at least a few observers by knocking off Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Barry Greenstein for his spot in the quarter-finals.

Hellmuth will face Eugene Katchalov in the quarters while Matusow will face John Hennigan.

Dan Cates.

Cates, Seiver Clash in Clubs Bracket

While the poker vets controlled the Hearts and Spades brackets the young guns ruled the day in the Clubs and Diamonds.

Heads-up killers Dan "Jungleman12" Cates and Scott Seiver will match up in the quarters of the Clubs bracket while Joe Serock and Brian Hastings meet in the Diamonds bracket.

Hastings knocked off fellow online icon Tom "durrrr" Dwan in the Round of 16 and Serock topped GPI Player of the Year Dan Smith.

Action picks up again at 2 pm today in Vegas and won't stop until a $750,000 winner is crowned.

Today's Match-Ups:

  • Eugene Katchalov vs. Phil Hellmuth
  • Brian Hastings vs. Joe Serock
  • Dan Cates vs. Scott Seiver
  • Mike Matusow vs. John Hennigan

Yesterday's results:


Round of 32

  • Barry Greenstein def. John Monnette
  • Mike "The Mouth" Matusow def. Viktor Blom
  • John Hennigan def. Sam Simon
  • Phil Ivey def. Justin Bonomo

Round of 16

  • Mike ‘The Mouth” Matusow def. Barry Greenstein
  • John Hennigan def. Phil Ivey


Round of 32

  • Joe Cheong def. Bruce Miller
  • Eugene Katchalov def. Phil Galfond
  • Phil Hellmuth def. Justin Smith
  • David “Doc” Sands def. Chris Moneymaker

Round of 16

  • Eugene Katchalov Def. Joe Cheong
  • Phil Hellmuth def. David "Doc" Sands


Round of 32

  • Antonio Esfandiari def. Jonathan Duhamel
  • Dan Cates def Chris Moorman
  • Vanessa Rousso def. Shaun Deeb
  • Scott Seiver def. Kyle Julius

Round of 16

  • Dan Cates def. Antonio Esfandiari
  • Scott Seiver def. Vanessa Rousso


Round of 32 

  • Tom Dwan def. Doyle Brunson
  • Brian Hastings def. Eli Elezra
  • Joe Serock def Huck Seed
  • Dan Smith def. Gaelle Baumann

Round of 16

  • Brian Hastings def. Tom Dwan
  • Joe Serock def. Dan Smith
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