Welcome to PokerNews' Day 1 coverage of the Event #40: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship.
Heads-up poker is a format with which the best players in the world are intimately familiar, having often spent hours honing their games against fellow elites online in both cash and sit-n-go formats. Additionally, they've all made plenty of deep runs in tournaments and often found themselves heads up for championships.
Plenty of heavy hitters are expected to enter the field, and last year, some big names found themselves going far in the event. Online legends Randy "nanonoko" Lew, Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky, Phil Galfond, and Justin Bonomo all made deep runs into the money, as did the one and only Phil Hellmuth. However, it was bracelet winner Mark Radoja topping the 162-player field and claiming the $331,190 first-place prize by beating Don Nguyen who then followed that performance up by also taking second in the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship.
The plan for Day 1 is to play four rounds, leaving only 16 players left by the end of the night. Be sure to tune in as we bring you all of the live updates right here on PokerNews.