Familiar faces like Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson will be back to compete in the bracket-style head-to-head format for $1.5 million in combined prize money Mar. 5-7.
Plus, several newcomers including PokerListings Blogger and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, 2009 World Series of Poker champion Joe Cada, 2009 WSOP Main Event runner-up Darvin Moon, and High Stakes Poker host Kara Scott will be in the field of 64 trying to take down last year's champ Huck Seed.
"The lineup of competitors for this year's event is the best yet," said Jon Miller, executive vice president of NBC Sports.
"Continually bringing together the best of the best to compete in this unique format has made the National Heads-Up Poker Championship one of the most anticipated poker events of the year."
The event will be taped for broadcast on NBC over six consecutive Sundays in April and May.
The first round opponents for the brackets will be chosen at random during the GoDaddy.com Draw Party held at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace Mar. 4.
Below is a list of the entire 64-player field less seven spaces for online qualifiers.
Patrick Antonius Eric Baldwin Andy Bloch Doyle Brunson
Joe Cada Johnny Chan Don Cheadle Allen Cunningham
Pieter De-Korver Annie Duke Tom Dwan Peter Eastgate
Eli Elezra Antonio Esfandiari Sam Farha Chris Ferguson
Ted Forrest Jamie Gold Phil Gordon Barry Greenstein
Bertrand Grospellier Joe Hachem Gus Hansen Jennifer Harman
Phil Hellmuth Orel Hershiser Jesper Hougaard Phil Ivey
John Juanda Gabe Kaplan J.P. Kelly Phil Laak
Howard Lederer Erick Lindgren Mike Matusow Jason Mercier
Dario Minieri Chris Moneymaker Darvin Moon Greg Mueller
Daniel Negreanu Scotty Nguyen Annette Obrestad Brock Parker
Dennis Phillips Greg Raymer Vanessa Rousso Kara Scott
Huck Seed Erik Seidel Mike Sexton Gavin Smith
Jennifer Tilly Paul Wasicka David Williams Leo Wolpert