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PokerStars offering NBC Heads-Up seat
There's an empty seat in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship scheduled to begin playing next week. That seat could be yours if you head to PokerStars for a free shot at getting into the competition.
The poker site is offering up the seat for U.S. players through PokerStars.net, where people can play for free and enter the competition.
They'll have to do it fast, though: the qualifying tournaments end Feb. 22, with the winner heading to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to potentially take on the likes of Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, Shannon Elizabeth, Greg Raymer and many more.
The prize package for the PokerStars player includes:
- $20,000 buy-in for the Heads-Up Championship
- Four nights accommodation in Las Vegas (Feb. 28 to March 2)
- $1,000 cash for travel
The National Heads-Up Poker Championship brings together 64 poker players on an invitation-only basis. They must battle each other heads-up to move up the player bracket and ultimately get down to the top two players.
Last year Paul Wasicka came out on top to win $500,000. He'll be back again this year to defend his title.
PokerStars.net hosts the only satellite for this invitational event, and it will be the first time in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship's history that one online player will be allowed to take on the pros, athletes and celebrities who've been invited to participate.
Free tournaments run every day at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. (EST) at PokerStars.net until Feb. 22. The NHUPC begins filming in Las Vegas Feb. 28.