NBC confirms list of players for NHPC

Chad Brown
Chad Brown will have another crack at winning the 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




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