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2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship Field Nears Completion

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With the addition of two qualifiers from Caesars Palace qualifiers and a couple of replacements in the original announced list of invitations, the 64-player lineup for the upcoming 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship is nearly complete.

60 of 61 "invitation" slots had been announced in early January, and of those 60, only poker-player/comedian Brad Garrett was unable to attend. The 60th and 61st invitations then went to Andy Bloch and Chris Moneymaker. The 61 invitees were then joined by the two winners from the Caesars play-ins, Tom Kelly and Hooman Nikzad. This leaves only the 64th spot to be filled by the winner of a recent satellite, to be announced shortly. The lineup to date:

1. Alexander, Jason

2. Antonius, Patrik

3. Bellande, Jean-Robert

4. Benyamine, David

5. Bloch, Andy

6. Brown, Chad

7. Brunson, Doyle

8. Brunson, Todd

9. Chan, Johnny

10. Cheadle, Don

11. Clements, Scott

12. Cloutier, T.J.

13. Cunningham, Allen

14. Deeb, Freddy

15. Duke, Annie

16. Dwan, Tom

17. Edler, Bill

18. Elezra, Eli

19. Elizabeth, Shannon

20. Esfandiari, Antonio

21. Farha, Sam

22. Ferguson, Chris

23. Fischman, Scott

24. Forrest, Ted

25. Gold, Jamie

26. Gowen, Clonie

27. Greenstein, Barry

28. Grizzle, Sam

29. Hachem, Joe

30. Hansen, Gus

31. Harman, Jennifer

32. Hellmuth, Phil

33. Hershiser, Orel

34. Ivey, Phil

35. Juanda, John

36. Kaplan, Gabe

37. Kelly, Tom

38. Laak, Phil

39. Lederer, Howard

40. Lindgren, Erick

41. Little, Jonathan

42. Matusow, Mike

43. Mizrachi, Michael

44. Moneymaker, Chris

45. Negreanu, Daniel

46. Nikzad, Hooman

47. Nguyen, Scotty

48. Pham, David

49. Raymer, Greg

50. Rousso, Vanessa

51. Schneider, Tom

52. Schreiber, Daniel

53. Seed, Huck

54. Seidel, Erik

55. Singer, David

56. Smith, Gavin

57. Tilly, Jennifer

58. Townsend, Brian

59. Tran, J.C.

60. Tran, Kenny

61. Wasicka, Paul

62. Williams, David

63. Yang, Jerry

64. qualifier (to be announced)

The drawing party for the tourney will be held on Feb. 28th at Pure nightclub at Caesars, adjacent to the room used for the NBC Heads-Up event. Play runs through March 2nd.

NBC has also announced the TV schedule and official prize pool for the event:

April 13: Noon - 2PM ET/Check local listings for PT

April 20: Noon - 1PM ET/Check local listings for PT

April 27: Noon - 2PM ET/Check local listings for PT

May 4: Noon - 2PM ET/Check local listings for PT

May 11: Noon - 2PM ET/Check local listings for PT

May 18: Noon - 3PM ET/Check local listings for PT

Complete prize purse breakdown:

Places 9-16: $25,000

Places 5-8: $75,000

Places 3-4: $125,000

2nd place: $250,000

1st place: $500,000

Total purse: $1,500,000

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