Matusow, Negreanu to clash in Heads-Up Championship

Daniel Negreanu

The draw for NBC's National Heads-Up Poker Championship was conducted at Caesars Palace Thursday night. The most exciting match-up of the first round is the duel between High Stakes Poker rivals Mike Matusow and Daniel Negreanu. The tournament starts today at 11:30 a.m.

Anyone who's watched High Stakes Poker on TV knows about the rivalry between Matusow and Negreanu. "The Mouth" never stops talking and Negreanu in turn always makes fun of Matusow, saying he will have one of his classic blow-ups and lose all his money.

Now the two have the chance to settle the score in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

Another interesting battle is the one between 2003 world champion Chris Moneymaker and 2005 world champion Joe Hachem. Jamie Gold, who won the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event, will face Hollywood actress Jennifer Tilly in the first round.

In the only all-female match-up Kristy Gazes will take on Clonie Gowen.

This is the complete line-up for the first round of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship:

Hearts Bracket 11:30 a.m.

John Michael vs. Allen Cunningham
Jennifer Harman vs.Andy Bloch
Mike Matusow vs. Daniel Negreanu
Michael Mizrachi vs. John Juanda
David Benyamine vs.Gavin Smith
Johnny Chan vs. J.C. Tran
Jennifer Tilly vs. Jamie Gold
Phil Gordon vs. Scotty Nguyen

Diamonds Bracket 1:45 p.m.

Kristy Gazes vs. Clonie Gowen
Eric Larrivee vs. Isabelle Mercier
Don Cheadle vs. Phil Ivey
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson vs. Scott Fischman
Brad Booth vs. Howard Lederer
John D'Agostino vs.David Williams
Gabe Kaplan vs. Todd Brunson
Chad Brown vs. Yosh Nakano

Clubs Bracket 5 p.m.

Shannon Elizabeth vs. Rene Angelil
Steve Zolotow vs. Jeff Madsen
Erick Lindgren vs. Vanessa Rousso
Barry Greenstein vs. Carlos Mortensen
Erik Seidel vs. Humberto Brenes
Marco Traniello vs. Phil Laak
Patrik Antonius vs. Huck Seed
Paul Darden vs. Chip Reese

Spades Bracket 7:15 p.m.

Tuan Le vs. Antonio Esfandiari
T.J. Cloutier
Joe Hachem vs. Chris Moneymaker
Paul Wasicka vs. Eli Elezra
Gus Hansen vs. Shawn Sheikhan
Ted Forrest vs. Sam Farha
Annie Duke vs. Jeff Shulman
Greg Raymer vs. Nam Le

NOTE: All tournament start times are listed in PST.

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