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NBC confirms list of players for NHPC
With the 2008 Heads-Up Poker Championship just around the corner, NBC has released the names of 63 players who have been confirmed to play in the popular bracket-based heads-up tournament.
There will be one more seat offered through a Jerry Yang will be making his first appearance at the Heads-Up championship despite the fact he's shied away from the poker tables for most of the year. Poker players Bill Edler, Sam Grizzle, Tom Schneider and Kenny Tran will also be joining in on the fun for the first time.
Changes to the field are still possible due to emergencies or last-minute scheduling conflicts but that is unlikely.
The 2008 NHPC will begin on Feb. 28 at Pure Nightclub with a drawing party and will continue for the next three days until there is a winner. The drawing party will start at 9:30 p.m. and each player will be kicking in $20,000 for a shot at winning $500,000.
Here's a complete look at the contestants. Names of those appearing for the first time are in bold:
|1. Alexander, Jason||33. Hershiser, Orel|
|2. Antonius, Patrik||34. Ivey, Phil|
|3. Bellande, Jean-Robert||35. Juanda, John|
|4. Benyamine, David||36. Kaplan, Gabe|
|5. Bloch, Andy||37. Kelly, Tom (Caesars Palace qualifier)|
|6. Brown, Chad||38. Laak, Phil|
|7. Brunson, Doyle||39. Lederer, Howard|
|8. Brunson, Todd||40. Lindgren, Erick|
|9. Chan, Johnny||41. Little, Jonathan|
|10. Cheadle, Don||42. Matusow, Mike|
|11. Clements, Scott||43. Moneymaker, Chris|
|12. Cloutier, T.J.||44. Mizrachi, Michael|
|13. Cunningham, Allen||45. Negreanu, Daniel|
|14. Deeb, Freddy||46. Nguyen, Scotty|
|15. Duke, Annie||47. Nikzad, Hooman (Caesars Palace qualifier)|
|16. Dwan, Tom||48. Online qualifier (to be determined)|
|17. Edler, Bill||49. Pham, David|
|18. Elezra, Eli||50. Raymer, Greg|
|19. Elizabeth, Shannon||51. Rousso, Vanessa|
|20. Esfandiari, Antonio||52. Schneider, Tom|
|21. Farha, Sam||53. Schreiber, Daniel|
|22. Ferguson, Chris||54. Seed, Huck|
|23. Fischman, Scott||55. Seidel, Erik|
|24. Forrest, Ted||56. Singer, David|
|25. Gold, Jamie||57. Smith, Gavin|
|26. Gowen, Clonie||58. Tilly, Jennifer|
|27. Greenstein, Barry||59. Townsend, Brian|
|28. Grizzle, Sam||60. Tran, J.C.|
|29. Hachem, Joe||61. Tran, Kenny|
|30. Hansen, Gus||62. Wasicka, Paul|
|31. Harman, Jennifer||63. Williams, David|
|32. Hellmuth, Phil||64. Yang, Jerry|