Posts Tagged ‘NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship’

January 29, 2013

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Matusow defeats Hellmuth to win 2013 NHUPC

Mike Matusow Photo: CardPlayer.com

Mike Matusow
Photo: CardPlayer.com


Today’s Boxscore

Mike Matusow $750,000 – National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Andrew Robl $1,000,000 – Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge


The National Heads-Up Poker Championship final was like a flashback to the olden days* with a practically made-for-TV final match between Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow. The two of them advanced to the final after defeating Scott Seiver and Joe “Don’t call me Sebok” Serock. Many questioned the Matusow invitation but he showed some of his old form when he earned his victory. He hit a nice little naked flush draw to defeat the 13-time WSOP champion Hellmuth. This is the 3rd biggest cash of Matusow’s career after his $1,000,000 hits for the 2005 WSOP Main Event final table and Tournament of Champions victory.

On the other side of the planet, the Aussie Millions Main Event is underway but not before Andrew Robl beat a small but extremely talented field in the $100,000 Challenge to earn a cool million. The tournament was of the re-entry variety but of the 21 players, Robl was the only one to take advantage of the option and it worked out successfully. Igor Kurganov (2nd), Masa Kagawa (3rd), and Dan Shak (4th) were the other three who cashed in the even.

* – Not really that long ago, but it feels like a generation ago

Link Dump

Tweet of the Day – Two up this time, both from Matusow after his NHUPC win.

Poker Players Alliance chief meets with NJ Governor Christie aide in Trenton – John Pappas met with Christie on Tuesday afternoon to make a push for the online gaming bill currently awaiting his decision or indecision.

Investor urges IGT to rethink online gaming move – Not everybody with stock in International Gaming Technology is into their direction with online gaming. Someone is getting twitchy.

Addiction soars as online gambling hits £2bn mark – Oh no, the sky is falling and there is another article out about the vast sea of gambling addicts. This one over in the U.K. where apparently every dollar spent gambling is by an addict.

Mississippi Online Gambling Effort Resurrected – Another giving it another shot to get into the online gaming business, but things don’t look too peachy for the prospect of it happening in Mississippi.

2013 Aussie Millions: Welcome Party – The crack video team at PokerNews caught up with a few stars at the Aussie Millions Welcome Party.

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January 24, 2013

NBC Heads-Up Championship Returns

Good matchups, but does it signify anything more?

Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth arrive for the NBC Heads-Up draw party, even though Negreanu opted out to spend the weekend with friends.

Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth arrive for the NBC Heads-Up draw party, even though Negreanu opted out to spend the weekend with friends.

NBC’s $25,000 buy-in National Heads-Up Poker Championship invitational tournament is decidedly made-for-television .

The draw party Wednesday night felt like little more than a chance to hobnob with the who’s who of televised poker and online wunderkinds, from Brunson to Hellmuth to Jungleman and ZeeJustin.

But after a Black Friday-induced hiatus, some in the poker world say the return of the event to the Caesars Palace poker room signals a step forward for poker in the U.S.

Caesars Entertainment Interactive, which recently acquired a license to operate online poker in Nevada, presented its wsop.com as part of the event for the  first time since the tournament began in 2005.

Mori Eskandani, the producer of the show, called it ‘good news’ for the industry that NBC wants poker back.

The matches start Thursday afternoon, and they’ll crown a champion on Saturday.

This year, Phil Hellmuth, who arrived to the party Wednesday night in his dictator coat, squares off against Mike Sexton in round one. Daniel Negreanu, meanwhile, has opted out to spend the weekend with friends. That made room for David “Doc” Sands, who put up something of a fit after he didn’t get a direct invite.

Anyway, here’s how the bracket shapes up for the first round. First place is $750,000. Anyone else got Jennifer Tilly going all the way?

Posted by at 5:41 pm