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NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship First Round Pairings Announced

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Last night the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship pairings party was held at the nightclub Pure, at Caesars Palace. The results yielded some interesting first round match-ups. Online phenom Jonathan "FieryJustice" Little will be pitted against eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel. Fellow online specialist Tom "durrrr" Dwan also caught a tough draw against 1989 WSOP Champion and 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Clonie Gowen, whose 2007 NBC Heads-Up first round match was against Kristy Gazes, will go against another formidable female player this year when she squares off against Jennifer Tilly.

Mike Matusow and Joe Hachem met up at the 2005 WSOP final table and will meet again in their first round bout today. Online freeroll qualifier Alisha Kunze, the last entrant into the field, has a tough draw indeed, against Phil Ivey. And then there's the match between Sammy Farha and Doyle Brunson, who have probably played against each other more times than either can count.

With the vast majority of the 64-player field made up of world-class players, there doesn't appear to be an easy bracket. Join's live reporting today for what is bound to be exciting early-rounds action. The Hearts bracket will start at 10:15 am, with Diamonds at 1:15 pm, Clubs at 4:15 pm, and Spades at 6:45 pm.


Vanessa Rousso vs. Antonio Esfandiari

Shannon Elizabeth vs. Andy Bloch

Todd Brunson vs. Scott Fischman

Jamie Gold vs. Tom Kelly

Ted Forrest vs. Orel Hershiser

Allen Cunningham vs. Chad Brown

John Robert Bellande vs. Sam Grizzle

Paul Wasicka vs. Freddie Deeb


Jason Alexander vs. Huck Seed

David Pham vs. Brian Townsend

Jennifer Tilly vs. Clonie Gowen

Daniel Negreanu vs. Michael Mizrachi

Barry Greenstein vs. Howard Lederer

David Benyamine vs. Jennifer Harman

Sam Farha vs. Doyle Brunson

Erick Lindgren vs. Eli Elezra


Jonathan Little vs. Erik Seidel

Patrik Antonius vs. Gabe Kaplan

Greg Raymer vs. Hooman Nikzad

Kenny Tran vs. Scott Clements

Mike Matusow vs. Joe Hachem

Tom Dwan vs. Phil Hellmuth

Tom Schneider vs. Gavin Smith

Chris Ferguson vs. John Juanda


Don Cheadle vs. Gus Hansen

Scotty Nguyen vs. Bill Edler

Chris Moneymaker vs. Jerry Yang

David Singer vs. Phil Laak

Phil Ivey vs. Alisha Kunze

David Williams vs. Johnny Chan

Daniel Schreiber vs. TJ Cloutier

Annie Duke vs. JC Tran

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