Star studded National Heads-Up Championship field

NBC has added 46 names to the list of players who will clash in this year's National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Poker legends Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan will be joined by the likes of Mike Matusow, Barry Greenstein and Shannon Elizabeth.

In total, the reigning heads-up champion Ted Forrest will take on 63 challengers. The tournament will be played in single-elimination, bracket-style format modeled after college basketball.

The 2007 heads-up champion will finally be decided through a best two-out-of-three match.

Heads-up play differs a lot from regular poker games, and demands special skills. Among the favorites to win this year are Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, who has finished in second place in the two previous heads-up championships.

NBC will broadcast the tournament every Sunday for seven weeks starting April 8.

In total, 62 of the 64 participating players have been named so far:

The two remaining seats in the tournament will go to qualifiers.

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