2010 NHUPC Bracket Pairings

Make Your Picks Here

by , Mar 5, 2010 | 7:48 am

Let the heads-up fun begin. Ali Nejad and Leann Tweeden called out the pairings at Pure in Caesars Palace last night. Here’s a print-outable PDF of the official bracket for the 2010 National Heads-Up Championship, which gets underway today at 1 pm pacific.

Make your own picks via Pokerati’s bracket-tracker to see how our various predictions compare. We’ve got about nine five hours to come up with some sort of contest … a T-shirt is always standard, but I have to admit we’re running low on Pokerati shirts for really-really large men.

Big ups to @JessWelman who kept us posted live on Twitter, and @BarryGreenstein who accidentally sent a private tweet to Phil Ivey for all the public to see. (Gavin Smith plays small-ball; should walk into Ivey’s wheelhouse.)

The matchups are below:

Clubs
Patrik Antonius vs. Chris Moneymaker
Leo Wolpert vs. Eric Baldwin
David Williams vs. Joe Cada
Erik Seidel vs. Huck Seed
Dan Ramirez (online qualifier) vs. Erick Lindgren
Peter Eastgate vs. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
Stephen Quinn (online qualifier) vs. Ted Forrest
Dario Minieri vs. Jamie Gold

Spades
Gavin Smith vs. Phil Ivey
Richard Edwards (Caesars qualifier) vs. Scotty Nguyen
Shawn Rice (Caesars qualifier) vs. Joe Hachem
Gabe Kaplan vs. Johnny Chan
Daniel Negreanu vs. Jason Mercier
Pieter de Korver vs. Mike Sexton
Phil Gordon vs. Tom Dwan
Phil Laak vs. John Juanda

Hearts
Jesper Hougaard vs. Allen Cunningham
Eli Elezra vs. Greg Mueller
Annette Dworski (online qualifier) vs. Chris Ferguson
Kara Scott vs. Dennis Phillips
Brock Parker vs. Doyle Brunson
JP Kelly vs. Don Cheadle
Howard Lederer vs. Phil Hellmuth
Annette Obrestad vs. Orel Hershiser

Diamonds
Barry Greenstein vs. Vanessa Rousso
Sam Farha vs. Antonio Esfandiari
Jennifer Harman vs. Jennifer Tilly
Jerry Yang vs. Mike Matusow
Darvin Moon vs. Bill Huntress (online qualifier)
Andy Bloch vs. Annie Duke
Andrew Wilson vs. Paul Wasicka
Gus Hansen vs. Greg Raymer

[via Bluff Magazine]


15 Comments to “2010 NHUPC Bracket Pairings ”


  1. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Some amusing Round 1 matchups:

    Yang v Matusow (Yang 2-0 in round 1 matches)
    Tilly v Harman
    Hellmuth v Lederer
    Greenstein v Rousso (Greenstein 5-0 in round 1 matches)
    Seidel v Seed (Seidel 0-5 v Seed 5-0 in round 1)

    Edit: I understand the need for the draw party, but having it the night before really sucks for those who’d love to do brackets.


  2. DanM
    says:

    Poker Road has a $10 pick-8 here:
    http://www.pokerroad.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12395

    And the Twitter Poker Tour has a $5 contest here:
    http://twitterpokertour.com/groups/tpt-announcements/forum/topic/headsup-championship-nbcs-nhpc-pool/


  3. DanM
    says:

    does anyone have the starting times for each quarter of the bracket? i know the first one goes at 1, but not sure which one it is and how it breaks down from there. Wanna be able to set the time when certain matches close.


  4. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Since they need to get 32 matches done today, I assume once one bracket is done, they’ll get the next one going ASAP.


  5. DanM
    says:

    I’l try to find out. Sent a message to Carlos at NBC, he’s still sleeping. I’m not sure you’re exactly right … indeed, they will want to move it along as quickly as possible, but they take a pause between groups to make time for TV set-up and the like.


  6. Jess Welman
    says:

    Dan–
    I know one set of matches is supposed to start at 5:45PM and another at 8:00PM. That leaves me guessing that there is one flight at the 1PM start time and their would be a fourth set of matches around…3:15?


  7. DanM
    says:

    And inevitably they’ll be running a little late. They always do. I just wanna be able to leave unplayed brackets open and close the ones that have already gotten underway.

    Next year we’ll chat earlier. I’m thinking Jess Welman Consolation Cookies would be a much more desirable prize than Pokerati t-shirts that may or may not fit.


  8. F-Train
    says:

    Yeah, 3:15 for the second flight of matches sounds right. I know they have a set call at 2:45.


  9. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Looks like the Hearts bracket will be the last to start, at 8pm PT


  10. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Diamond bracket will be the 2:45pm PT slot


  11. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Also @jesswelman will be doing her NBC Heads-Up Tweeting @bluffmagazine


  12. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Upset city early on:

    Two of the least respected recent ME winners move to round 2 (Moneymaker over Antonius, Gold over Minieri).


  13. DanM
    says:

    From NBC officials:

    Clubs Bracket 1:30 PM – Featured table: David Williams vs. Joe Cada
    Diamonds Bracket 4:00 PM – Featured table: Sam Farha vs. Antonio Esfandiari
    Spades Bracket 7:00 PM – Featured table: Daniel Negreanu vs. Jason Mercier
    Hearts Bracket 9:30 pm – Featured table: Howard Lederer vs. Phil Hellmuth


  14. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Some smart selections there from NBC.


  15. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Winners so far:

    Moneymaker
    Wolpert
    Williams
    Seidel
    Lindgren
    Eastgate
    Quinn
    Gold

    Greenstein
    Farha
    Harman
    Yang
    Moon
    Duke
    Wasicka
    Hansen

    Ivey
    Nguyen
    Hachem
    Kaplan
    Mercier
    de Korver
    Gordon
    Laak

    Cunningham
    Elezra
    Ferguson
    Phillips
    Brunson
    Cheadle
    Hellmuth
    Obrestad