NBC Heads-Up: The elite eight

Daniel Negreanu
Kid Poker played the Prince of Poker in more ways than one at the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Championship Saturday.

Dressed like a Scotty Nguyen clone, Daniel Negreanu pushed around the Prince of Poker in their round-of-16 match at the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Championship in Las Vegas tonight to propel himself into Sunday's final eight.

As a result, when play begins sometime around 11 a.m. PST at Caesars Palace tomorrow, Kid Poker will be heads-up with fellow Team PokerStars Pro's Vanessa Rousso for a spot in the semifinals.

Rousso outlasted 2006 WSOP Main Event runner-up and 2007 NBC Heads-Up champ Paul Wasicka to reserve her spot in the quarters.

The winner of their match will go on to play either Phil Hellmuth, who exacted his revenge on online phenom Tom "durrrr" Dwan for a first-round suck-out here last year, or Bertrand "ElkY' Grospellier, who defeated both Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies and John Juanda to book a seat at Hellmuth's table.

David Oppenheim was called in as a last-minute replacement when a DUI charge forced Layne Flack to bow out of the event Friday, and Oppenheim now finds himself in the quarterfinals as well, after pushing past 2008 WSOP Heads-Up champ Kenny Tran in the round of 16.

Oppenheim will face the very dangerous Huck Seed, who became the first and only player to cash in this event all five years when he beat Gus Hansen in the round of 32 to start the day.

Seed, who made the semifinals here in 2008, then took care of EPT Grand Final winner Glen Chorny to reserve his spot in the elite eight.

The fourth and final round-of-eight matchup set for Sunday is a battle of WSOP second-place finishers that features 2004 WSOP Main Event runner-up David Williams taking on 2003 WSOP Main Event runner-up Sam Farha.

They will play down to a champion at Caesars Sunday with a $500,000 first-place prize up for grabs.

PokerListings' live coverage of the event can be found right here.

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