Caesars Interactive Entertainment Inc. announced the entire 64-player field for the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship today. The first 32 players were announced earlier this week and the completed list has a few notables Phil Hellmuth, Michael Mizrachi, Phil Laak, Viktor Blom, and Gaelle Baumann.
From January 24th through the 26th Caesars Palace Las Vegas will film the event with the first round on each day starting at 1:30 p.m. local time. “Selection Wednesday” (the draw party) will take place on January 23rd at 9:00 p.m. in Caesars Palace Las Vegas at Cleopatra’s Barge.
The eighth installment of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship finds only three former champions invited to the party:(Hellmuth, Erik Seidel and Huck Seed). Paul Wasicka, Chris Ferguson, and Annie Duke will not play in this year's event although Ferguson has reached the championship match three times.
The selection process for this event isn't about the best players in the world or the most famous.
In 2011, ESPN's Andrew Feldman wrote, "This event doesn't feature the 64 best players in the world. It is a made-for-TV event that features names and faces that the general public recognizes, some deserving players who earned their spots based on automatic entry and celebrities who enjoy the game and could potentially move the needle."
NOTE: Several players were invited to the event but some had plans to play the marquee events at the 2013 Aussie Millions.
The complete 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship list
|Gaelle Baumann||Jean-Robert Bellande||Andy Bloch||Viktor Blom|
|Liv Boeree||Justin Bonomo||Doyle Brunson||Olivier Busquet|
|Dan Cates||Mohsin Charania||Joseph Cheong||Shaun Deeb|
|Jonathan Duhamel||Tom Dwan||Eli Elezra||Antonio Esfandiari|
|Will Failla||Andy Frankenberger||Phil Galfond||Matt Glantz|
|Barry Greenstein||Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier||Jennifer Harman||Brian Hastings|
|Isaac Haxton||Phil Hellmuth||John Hennigan||Maria Ho|
|Phil Ivey||Faraz Jaka||Kyle Julius||Eugene Katchalov|
|Phil Laak||Ben Lamb||Andrew Lichtenberger||Matt Matros|
|Mike Matusow||Jason Mercier||Greg Merson||Michael Mizrachi|
|Chris Moneymaker||John Monnette||Chris Moorman||Carlos Mortensen|
|Daniel Negreanu||David Oppenheim||Greg Raymer||Vanessa Rousso|
|Rob Salaburu||Matt Salsberg||Nick Schulman||Huck Seed|
|Erik Seidel||Scott Seiver||Joe Serock||Mike Sexton|
|Sam Simon||Dan Smith||Justin Smith||Jason Somerville|
|Jennifer Tilly||Yevgeniy Timoshenko||David Williams||WSOP.com Qualifier|