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NBC Heads-Up Championship: 32 Participants Revealed

By , Rakeback.com Poker News Editor

After skipping 2012, the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship is set to return next week. It will take place between January 24th and 26th at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and televised coverage will air between March 14th and April 20th.

The event typically contains a mix of celebrities and poker pros, including the biggest names in the game and players who have performed exceptionally well recently - either live OR playing online.

In total, 64 players will participate. The first half of confirmed players was revealed earlier this week:

1. Doyle Brunson
2. Erik Seidel
3. Andy Bloch
4. Daniel Negreanu
5. Brian Hastings
6. Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier
7. Andrew Frankenberger
8. Phil Galfond
9. Antonio Esfandiari
10. Will Failla
11. Matt Glantz
12. Barry Greenstein
13. Maria Ho
14. Vanessa Rousso
15. Phil Ivey
16. Mike Matusow
17. John Hennigan
18. Faraz Jaka
19. Ben Lamb
20. David Williams
21. Jonathan Duhamel
22. Tom Dwan
23. Greg Merson
24. John Monnette
25. Mike Sexton
26. Mohsin Charania
27. Olivier Busquet
28. Jennifer Tilly
29. Yevgeniy Timoshenko
30. Scott Seiver
31. Eugene Katchalov
32. Greg Raymer

With the exception of Jennifer Tilly, everyone on the list so far is a poker pro. Some additional players have stated via Twitter that they'll be playing, including Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom and Dan Cates.

It will be interesting to see if former champions Chris Ferguson and Annie Duke participate, as their reputations have been significantly tarnished in the 2 years since the last time this tournament ran.


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