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Field Named for Heads-Up Championship

23 February 2011, By:
The field for this year's NBC National Heads-Up Championship has been released, with several surprises among the invitees.
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The field for this year's NBC National Heads-Up Championship has been released, with several surprises among the invitees.

As is tradition, 64 players will descend on Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV on March 4th to take their shot at the most coveted heads-up title in poker.

Hall of Fame NFL running back Emmitt Smith will play in this year's event as a celebrity guest. Other celebrity poker players in the field include Jason Alexander, Don Cheadle, Gabe Kaplan and Jennifer Tilly.

This year's event will be sponsored by online web hosting provider According to Bob Parsons, Go Daddy Founder and CEO, "The National Heads-Up Championship in Vegas is a premiere poker event that draws some of the greatest players in the world.

"Poker is a male-dominated sport. That makes it all the more interesting to watch our Go Daddy Girl Vanessa Rousso going head-to-head in this competition. We are bound to see an exciting series of match-ups again this year. I can't wait to see how it all plays out!"

This buy-in for this year's event has increased from $20,000 to $25,000, making first place now worth $750,000. First place in prior events was $500,000. Second will now receive $300,000 as opposed to $250,000 in past events.

The Draw Party will be held at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace on March 3rd to determine the bracket draw and players will return on March 4th to begin play.

The field of 64 is below:

Jason AlexanderPhil GalfondSorel Mizzi
Patrik Antonius 
Phil GordonChris Moneymaker
Eric BaldwinBarry GreensteinDaniel Negreanu
David Benyamine
Bertrand GrospellierScotty Nguyen
Andy BlochJoe HachemAnnette Obrestad
Liv BoereeGus HansenDennis Phillips
James BordJennifer HarmanDwyte Pilgrim
Doyle BrunsonPhil HellmuthJohn Racener
Joe CadaPhil IveyGreg Raymer
Daniel CatesFaraz JakaVanessa Rousso
Johnny ChanJohn JuandaKara Scott
Don CheadleGabe KaplanHuck Seed
Nicolas ChouityFrank KasselaErik Seidel
Allen CunninghamEugene KatchalovVanessa Selbst
Jonathan DuhamelPhil LaakEmmitt Smith
Annie DukeHoward LedererGavin Smith
Tom DwanErick LindgrenJennifer Tilly
Peter EastgateAyaz MahmoodMelburn Whitmire
Eli ElezraThomas MarcheseDavid Williams
Antonio EsfandiariMike MatusowJustin Young
Chris FergusonJason MercierTed Forrest
Michael Mizrachi

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