The bracket has been set for the 2010 NBC National Heads-Up Championship and Daniel Negreanu will face Jason Mercier in the first round.
The two PokerStars pros have both been hot over the last 12 months with millions of dollars in combined tournament earnings.
Some of the other marquee first round matches include Phil Hellmuth vs. Howard Lederer, Peter Eastgate vs. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Brock Parker vs. Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey vs. Gavin Smith.
In total there will be 32 heads-up matches played in the first round.
NBC once again separated the players into four brackets – Hearts, Clubs, Spades and Diamonds – with the winner of each bracket booking a seat in the semifinals.
The tournament begins today at 1 p.m. PT. Be sure to check out our live updates of the event.
Here is the complete line-up for the first round of the 2010 NBC National Heads-Up Championship:
Patrik Antonius vs. Chris Moneymaker Leo Wolpert vs. Eric Baldwin David Williams vs. Joe Cada Erik Seidel vs. Huck Seed Dan Ramirez vs. Erick Lindgren Peter Eastgate vs. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier Stephen Quinn vs. Ted Forrest Dario Minieri vs. Jamie Gold
Gavin Smith vs. Phil Ivey Richard Edwards vs. Scotty Nguyen Shawn Rice vs. Joe Hachem Gabe Kaplan vs. Johnny Chan Daniel Negreanu vs. Jason Mercier Pieter de Korver vs. Mike Sexton Phil Gordon vs. Tom Dwan Phil Laak vs. John Juanda
Jesper Hougaard vs. Allen Cunningham Eli Elezra vs. Greg Mueller Annette Dworski vs. Craig Ferguson Kara Scott vs. Dennis Phillips Doyle Brunson vs. Brock Parker JP Kelly vs. Don Cheadle Howard Lederer vs. Phil Hellmuth Annette Obrestad vs. Orel Hershiser
Barry Greenstein vs. Vanessa Rousso Sam Farha vs. Antonio Esfandiari Jennifer Harman vs. Jennifer Tilly Jerry Yang vs. Mike Matusow Darvin Moon vs. Bill Huntress Andy Bloch vs. Annie Duke Andrew Wilson vs. Paul Wasicka Gus Hansen vs. Greg Raymer
Erik Seidel vs. Huck Seed
Peter Eastgate vs. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
Gavin Smith vs. Phil Ivey
Daniel Negreanu vs. Jason Mercier
Howard Lederer vs. Phil Hellmuth
Sam Farha vs. Antonio Esfandiari
Gus Hansen vs. Greg Raymer
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