Ivey, Dwan, Blom, Galfond Advance in NBC Heads-Up

Phil Ivey

Round 1 is over at the $25k NBC Heads-Up Championship with some very heavy hitters advancing and more intriguing matchups set for the Round of 32.

Poker superstars Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Phil Galfond were all among the survivors as were notable heads-up experts Dan “Jungleman12” Cates and Scott Seiver.

Old timers Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Mike Matusow, Barry Greenstein, Eli Elezra and Huck Seed all represented well for the "old guard" of poker and also made it to the next round.

Other notables to advance include Chris Moneymaker, Antonio Esfandiari and 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel.

Tom Dwan
durrrr v. Doyle in Rd 2

Dwan/Brunson, Blom/Matusow in Round of 32

As for the next round, Dwan has perhaps the most fan-friendly match in the Round of 32 as he’ll face poker icon Brunson.

Brunson defeated alternate Tom Marchese to advance while the other alternate to make the field, David “Doc” Sands, won his match against WSOP October Niner Rob Salaburu.

Sands will now meet 2003 WSOP Main Event champ Moneymaker in the second round.

Other marquee matchups include Blom vs. Matusow, Ivey vs. Justin Bonomo, Galfond vs. Eugene Katchalov and Cates vs. British pro Chris Moorman.

French pro Gaëlle Baumann and Vanessa Rousso are the only females left in the field. Baumann edged Liv Boeree in the first round while Maria Ho and Jennifer Tilly lost their matches.

Action picks up again at 2 pm in Vegas today with Round of 32 and Sweet 16 matches scheduled. Here’s how the brackets shaped up:

SPADES Bracket

  • Barry Greenstein def. Ben Lamb
  • John Monnette def. Greg Raymer
  • Viktor Blom def. Andrew Lichtenberger
  • Mike "The Mouth" Matusow def Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi
  • John Hennigan def. David Williams
  • Sam Simon def. David Oppenheim
  • Phil Ivey def. Phil Laak
  • Justin Bonomo def. Isaac Haxton

Round of 32 Matchups

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

HEARTS Bracket

  • Joseph Cheong def. Olivier Busquet
  • Bruce Miller (WSOP.com Qualifier) def. Jean-Robert Bellande
  • Phil Galfond def. Maria Ho
  • Eugene Katchalov def. Faraz Jaka
  • Justin Smith def. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
  • Phil Hellmuth def. Mike Sexton
  • Chris Moneymaker def. Jason Somerville
  • David "Doc" Sands def. Rob Salaburu

Round of 32 Matchups

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

CLUBS Bracket

  • Antonio Esfandiari def. Jennifer Tilly
  • Jonathan Duhamel def. Matt Glantz
  • Chris Moorman def. Carlos Mortensen
  • Dan Cates def. Matt Salsberg
  • Vanessa Rousso def. Yevgeniy Timoshenko
  • Shaun Deeb def. Andy Frankenberger
  • Kyle Julius def. Andy Bloch
  • Scott Seiver def. Will Failla

Round of 32 Matchups

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


  • Tom Dwan def. Erik Seidel
  • Doyle Brunson def. Tom Marchese
  • Brian Hastings def. Matt Matros
  • Eli Elezra def. Nick Schulman
  • Joe Serock def. Greg Merson
  • Huck Seed def. Mohsin Charania
  • Gaelle Baumann def. Liv Boeree
  • Dan Smith def. Jason Mercier

Round of 32 Matchups

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