NBC Heads-Up Field Released

Huck Seed
Who can unseat Seed?

The field for the 6th annual NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship was released Tuesday featuring a literal who's who of the poker world.

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
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Sean Lind 2010-02-25 21:06:33

Props to Mercier for making the list (well, he was a lock after making bluff player of the year, so props for that).

Gl Jason, and take it down. Winning that would make for one hell of a great blog.

CrazyShot 2010-02-25 04:04:42

Where's Carlos Mortensen?

sonny4666 2010-02-24 19:18:10

Kara Scott? why? the only reason I can think of is Townsends is feeding her the salami.

Chappel 2010-02-24 19:15:01

Pretty much the same has beens and never was. At this point in his career, Hellmuth is lost at the table.

push mongo 2010-02-24 16:50:48

Darvin Moon!

chraise777 2010-02-23 20:18:08

Ziigmund is always boring on TV and FullFlush is stupid as hell.

Wayne Flopski 2010-02-23 20:17:20

No FullFlush or Ziigmund? Rigged!