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NBC National Heads-Up Championship Brackets Announced

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First-round pairings for the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Championship first-round matches have now been announced, following Thursday's late-night drawing party at PURE at Caesars Palace. One late substitution to the lineup occurred, as Ivan Demidov encountered visa difficulties while traveling to the US, and was replaced in the 64-player lineup by Hevad Khan.

Play begins shortly after noon today with the eight "Hearts Bracket" matchups. All 32 opening-round matches will be held today, with two rounds on Saturday, and the final three rounds of action on Sunday.

The first-round matchups:

Hearts Bracket (play starts at 12:15 pm):

Johnny Chan vs. Eli Elezra

Erick Lindgren vs. Howard Lederer

JC Tran vs. David Williams

Jamie Gold vs. Scott Fischman

Erik Seidel vs. John Phan

Jerry Yang vs. Clonie Gowen

Allen Cunningham vs. Sam Farha

Andy Bloch vs. Peter Eastgate

Diamonds Bracket (play starts at 2:45 pm):

Kenny Tran vs. Antonio Esfandiari

Greg Raymer vs. Jennifer Harman

Kenny Yeh vs. Phil Laak

Vanessa Selbst vs. Layne Flack

David Benyamine vs. Gus Hansen

Huck Seed vs. Jonathan Little

Chad Brown vs. Glen Chorny

Annie Duke vs. Brad Garrett

Clubs Bracket (play starts at 5:45 pm):

Don Cheadle vs. David Pham

Paul Wasicka vs. Nicholas Joy

Jennifer Tilly vs. Phil Ivey

Doyle Brunson vs. Vanessa Rousso

Hevad Khan vs. Scotty Nguyen

Ted Forrest vs. Orel Hershiser

Daniel Negreanu vs. Chris Moneymaker

Mike Matusow vs. Dario Minieri

Spades Bracket (play starts at 8:15 pm):

Gabe Kaplan vs. Chris Ferguson

John Juanda vs. Joe Hachem

Ilari Sahamies vs. Gavin Smith

Fred Collins vs. Bertrand Grospellier

Jeffrey Ishbia vs. Leon Yanovski

Mike Sexton vs. Phil Hellmuth

Gavin Griffin vs. Tom Dwan

Barry Greenstein vs. Blandino Gines

In the semifinals, the winners of the hearts and diamonds bracket play against each other, with the spades and clubs bracket winners also squaring off.

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