2010 National Heads-Up Poker Championship Begins March 5th At Caesars PalaceFebruary 17, 2010 10:38 am
The 6th annual NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship is set to get underway at Caesars Palace between the 5th and 7th of March, and will set 64 of the best No Limit Texas Hold’em poker players against each other in a series of single elimination battles. At stake is not only the prestigious title of the best heads-up poker player in the world, but also a prize pool of $1.5 million with $500,000 awarded to the winner.
Executive Vice President of NBC Sports Jon Miller announced on Tuesday, “We’re excited to bring this annual tradition back to Caesars Palace. The National Heads-Up Poker Championship’s compelling poker action has become a must-see for the casual and hardcore poker fan alike.”
Poker pros hoping to capture the title this year include Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Cada, Vanessa Rousso and Huck Seed. The other players hoping to compete at this year’s event have yet to be announced by the tournament’s official sponsor, web hosting service GoDaddy.
CEO and Go Daddy Founder Bob Parsons, commenting on the upcoming tournament said: “This sponsorship works for us, in part, because a good majority of poker players and fans are also Internet users. And of course, it was thrilling to watch some of the most dominant poker stars compete last year in this championship.”
The chosen players will gather at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 4, where a draw will be held to determine the matches and order of play. Visitors will be able to view the proceedings and catch a glimpse of some of their favourite poker players from the viewing gallery.
One man already fully looking forward to the event is none other than last year’s champion Huck Seed, who has also set a record for being the only player to cash in every one of the five years the tournament has been running.
“It takes a lot of skill and mental toughness to get through a field of such exceptional players,” commented Seed. “But I look forward to defending my title and trying to win it again.”