The crowd at the NBC Heads Up Poker Championship’s pairing party was a bit more than the Caesars security team was expecting. Poker fans cheered, and shoved, and photographed, wishing their favorite players good luck
Early on there are some interesting match-ups between some well known online poker names and well known land based poker professionals, pitting the virtual world of poker with the tangible.
Eric Seidel will face off against Jonathan Little (“FieryJustice”) and Phil Hellmuth will battle Tom Dwan (“Durrrr”).
Imagine yourself playing an online freeroll, outplaying the entire field, and actually winning your seat in the Heads Up Tournament, a trip to Vegas, a walk down the red carpet and into Pure, one of the most exclusive night clubs on the Las Vegas strip for the pairing party.
A few hours later imagine finding out that your reward for all that and being the last entrant to make the tournament is a first round meeting with Phil Ivey, fresh off the plane his WPT LA Poker Classic win.
The brackets will start with Hearts at 10:15am followed by Diamonds at 1:15pm, Clubs bracket at 4:15pm and finally the Spades will start at 6:45pm.
Vanessa Rousso vs. Antonio Esfandiari
Shannon Elizabeth vs. Andy Bloch
Todd Brunson vs. Scott Fischman
Jamie Gold vs. Tom Kelly
Ted Forrest vs. Orel Hershiser
Allen Cunningham vs. Chad Brown
John Robert Bellande vs. Sam Grizzle
Paul Wasicka vs. Freddie Deeb
Jason Alexander vs. Huck Seed
David Pham vs. Brian Townsend
Jennifer Tilly vs. Clonie Gowen
Daniel Negreanu vs. Michael Mizrachi
Barry Greenstein vs. Howard Lederer
David Benyamine vs. Jennifer Harman
Sam Farha vs. Doyle Brunson
Erick Lindgren vs. Eli Elezra
Jonathan Little vs. Erik Seidel
Patrik Antonius vs. Gabe Kaplan
Greg Raymer vs. Hooman Nikzad
Kenny Tran vs. Scott Clements
Mike Matusow vs. Joe Hachem
Tom Dwan vs. Phil Hellmuth
Tom Schneider vs. Gavin Smith
Chris Ferguson vs. John Juanda
Don Cheadle vs. Gus Hansen
Scotty Nguyen vs. Bill Edler
Chris Moneymaker vs. Jerry Yang
David Singer vs. Phil Laak
Phil Ivey vs. Alisha Kunze
David Williams vs. Johnny Chan
Daniel Schreiber vs. TJ Cloutier
Annie Duke vs. JC Tran
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