Friday marked the start of the sixth-annual NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship at Caesars Palace, and out of the 64 invited competitors, only 32 would advance to round two.
It was a generally subdued day at the Caesars Palace tournament room, with very few players chatting at the tables, let alone expressing any real emotion when they won or lost. Then again, there weren't all that many dramatic bust-out hands, aside from Annie Duke's come-from-behind catch to make trip tens on the river after being out-flopped by Andy Bloch's ace-king.
While most of the day's matches could have easily gone either way, there were a few upsets, including online qualifier Stephen Quinn's victory over past champion Ted Forrest and Phil Gordon's surprising win against Tom "durrrr" Dwan. Other unexpected players in tomorrow's field include Jerry Yang who beat Mike Matusow and Chris Moneymaker who defeated Patrik Antonius.
The full list of today's Round of 32 match-ups is below:
Chris Moneymaker v. Leo Wolpert
David Williams v. Erik Seidel
Erick Lindgren v. Peter Eastgate
Stephen Quinn v. Jamie Gold
Barry Greenstein v. Sam Farha
Jennifer Harman v. Jerry Yang
Darvin Moon v. Annie Duke
Paul Wasicka v. Gus Hansen
Phil Ivey v. Scotty Nguyen
Joe Hachem v. Gabe Kaplan
Jason Mercier v. Pieter de Korver
Phil Gordon v. Phil Laak
Allen Cunningham v. Eli Elezra
Chris Ferguson v. Dennis Phillips
Doyle Brunson v. Don Cheadle
Phil Hellmuth v. Annette Obrestad
Play will kick off once again at 1 p.m. this afternoon at Caesars Palace. If you cant Make sure you follow along with all the live updates here at PokerNews.