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NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship: The Bracket is Set

NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

The who's who of the poker industry converged upon PURE nightclub inside Caesars Palace Thursday night for the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship Draw Party. The party was action-packed as the pros and celebrities got a chance to check out their match-ups.

If you're not familiar with the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship format, just think March Madness. The bracket is divided up into four section: spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds. Play gets under way just after noon on Friday with the diamonds bracket. With the clubs bracket following at 2 p.m., hearts at 5 p.m., and spades at 8 p.m. PST. On Friday, the 64-player field will be reduced to just 32 players. Those 32 will come back Saturday and be reduced to eight who will return Sunday to play for the title.

Diamonds

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier vs. Justin Young
Joe Hachem vs. Phil Galfond
Vanessa Selbst vs. Eli Elezra
Peter Eastgte vs.Chris Ferguson
Huck Seed vs. Jennifer Harman
Erik Seidel vs. Allen Cunningham
Mike Matusow vs. Greg Raymer
Thomas Marchese vs. Phil Gordon

Clubs

Dwyte Pilgrim vs. Olivier Busquet
Liv Boeree vs. Jason Alexander
Jason Mercier vs. Ted Forrest
Andy Bloch vs. John Juanda
Barry Greenstein vs. Scotty Nguyen
Annette Obrestad vs. Ayaz Mahmood
Jonathan Duhamel vs. Melburn Whitmire
Nicolas Chouity vs. Antonio Esfandiari

Hearts

Kara Scott vs. David "Viffer" Peat
David Williams vs. Emmitt Smith
Gavin Smith vs. Gus Hansen
James Bord vs. Frank Kassela
Phil Laak vs. Daniel Negreanu
Michael Mizrachi vs. Vanessa Rousso
Don Cheadle vs. Tom Dwan
Phil Hellmuth vs. David Benyamine

Spades

Doyle Brunson vs. Jennifer Tilly
Erick Lindgren vs. Dennis Phillips
Daniel Cates vs. Phil Ivey
John Racener vs. Chris Moneymaker
Carlos Mortensen vs. Sam Trickett
Eric Baldwin vs. David Oppenheim
Patrik Antonius vs. Sorel Mizzi
Eugene Katchalov vs. Faraz Jaka

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there, bringing you all the updates and video interviews you can handle, and as always, be sure to follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.

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