National Heads-Up Poker Championship Line-up

by , Feb 24, 2009 | 6:43 am

1. David Benyamine
2. Andy Bloch
3. Chad Brown
4. Doyle Brunson
5. Johnny Chan
6. Don Cheadle
7. Glen Chorny
8. Allen Cunningham
9. Ivan Demidov
10. Annie Duke
11. Tom Dwan
12. Peter Eastgate
13. Eli Elezra
14. Antonio Esfandiari
15. Sam Farha
16. Chris Ferguson
17. Scott Fischman
18. Layne Flack
19. Ted Forrest
20. Brad Garrett
21. Jamie Gold
22. Clonie Gowen
23. Barry Greenstein
24. Gavin Griffin
25. Bertrand Grospellier
26. Joe Hachem
27. Gus Hansen
28. Jennifer Harman
29. Phil Hellmuth
30. Orel Hershiser
31. Jeffrey Ishbia (Caesars qualifier)
32. Phil Ivey
33. John Juanda
34. Gabe Kaplan
35. Phil Laak
36. Howard Lederer
37. Erick Lindgren
38. Jonathan Little
39. Mike Matusow
40. Dario Minieri
41. Chris Moneymaker
42. Daniel Negreanu
43. Scotty Nguyen
44. David Pham
45. John Phan
46. Greg Raymer
47. Vanessa Rousso
48. Ilari Sahamies
49. Huck Seed
50. Vanessa Selbst
51. Erick Seidel
52. Mike Sexton
53. Gavin Smith
54. Jennifer Tilly
55. J.C. Tran
56. Kenny Tran
57. Paul Wasicka
58. David Williams
59. Jerry Yang
60. Leon Yanovski (online qualifier)
61. Caesars qualifier
62. Online qualifier
63. Online qualifier
64. Online qualifier


15 Comments to “National Heads-Up Poker Championship Line-up”


  1. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    I’ve been wondering when this list would come out. Any early surprises/omissions?


  2. DanM
    says:

    No Donkey Bomber. Karridy was unable to wield his influence with GoDaddy to get them to pony up Tom’s $25k, despite K’s spending about as much buying domain names.

    I really do like this line-up … so many good potential battles depending on pairings, and I think it holds up the tournament to its rank as a “major”.


  3. California Jen
    says:

    Nothing knocks me outta my chair. First thought: David Williams? Other than that, no WTF thoughts.


  4. Russ Hamilton
    says:

    What about Me vs. IRS? And is there any way we could host this matchup online? I know a great site.


  5. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    If there was a ever a year to rig the lineup, Gowen v Lederer in Round 1 would be an epic matchup.


  6. DanM
    says:

    Farha vs. Moneymaker … that would be fun, too.

    BTW, Jen, Williams is #58 on the list. So Williams vs. Raymer would also be a great, er, rematch.


  7. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    The list is in alphabetical order.

    One huge omission (unless he turned down the invite): Patrik Antonius.

    Edit: PA unable to attend (he’s been in Thailand at the start of his challenge against Durrr).


  8. DanM
    says:

    No Patrik Antonius. Not a super-shocker.


  9. Zero
    says:

    What is the story with Raymer vs David Williams? What did I miss?


  10. DanM
    says:

    They played heads-up for the WSOP main event championship in 2004. The hand that Williams lost with still haunts him, he says.


  11. Zero
    says:

    Dang. I thought It was something really good like Clonie vs Howard or Farha vs Moneymaker. Williams vs Raymer wasn’t so memorable to me. What other HU battles would probably make for good TV?

    Tony G vs Helmuth? heh
    Durrrr vs Helmuth…oh wait that already happened.


  12. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Demidov v Eastgate, in the hopes you actually see more than 2 hands.
    Tilly v Laak would be fun as well.


  13. Poker Shrink
    says:

    Forget the Tony G. matchup and also Marcel Luske, either of the Boatmans, Roland DeWolfe; clearly made for US television.


  14. Karridy
    says:

    Jerry Yang vs. Jesus Ferguson.


  15. David Alexander
    says:

    Hey… It’ll be good to see Kaplan…

    After watching that episode
    of him on High stakes…

    I was impressed…

    Maybe I’m easily impressed…