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NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship Will Not Take Place in 2014

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Earlier this week, rumors surfaced that the NBC National Heads-Up Championship would not take place in 2014, and earlier today Mori Eskandani of Poker PROductions confirmed the news to PokerNews.

"NHPC will not be on calendar this year," Eskandani said. "But I have good reason to believe that the future of the series will be bright."

Thanks to its 64-player bracket format, the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship has proven a hit on both TV and among poker fans. After a one-year hiatus in 2012 — a consequence of Black Friday — the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship returned in 2013. The $20,000 buy-in event ran from Jan. 24-26, 2013 at Caesars Palace, the same venue where the event was held from 2005 through 2011.

The National Heads-Up Poker Championship is mostly an invitation-only event featuring 64 of the world’s top poker players and celebrities. Phil Hellmuth won the inaugural event in 2005, while Mike "The Mouth" Matusow won last year's event. Interestingly, Matusow defeated Hellmuth in the finals to add his name to the list of former champions.

YearWinner1st PrizeRunner-Up2nd Prize
2005Phil Hellmuth$500,000Chris Ferguson$250,000
2006Ted Forrest$500,000Chris Ferguson$250,000
2007Paul Wasicka$500,000Chad Brown$250,000
2008Chris Ferguson$500,000Andy Bloch$250,000
2009Huck Seed$500,000Vanessa Rousso$250,000
2010Annie Duke$500,000Erik Seidel$250,000
2011Erik Seidel$750,000Chris Moneymaker$300,000
2012--event not held--------
2013Mike Matusow$750,000Phil Hellmuth$300,000

The National Heads-Up Poker Championship is produced by Poker PROductions, the same company that produces the World Series of Poker for ESPN.

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