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2006 National Heads-Up Championship Approaching

Tournaments, 2006-03-03, by TwoGun

Tomorrow, the National Heads-Up Championship will begin play at Caesars in Las Vegas. This is the tournament aired on NBC last year where Phil Hellmuth navigated his way through the 64 player field to dramatically defeat Chris Ferguson and score $500,000.

Noted for its bracket-style heads-up matches, Phil Hellmuth has aired some complaints about the randomness of the match-ups. Rather than using a seeding system that would pit the best players versus the worst players in the first round, players are randomly drawn in determining who will play whom. Hellmuth feels this is unfair because the two best players in the tournament (one of which he feels is him, of course) could wind up facing each other in the first round.

Most of the familiar faces will be returning to play this year. However, there are 3 unknown amateur participants who were allowed to qualify for this $20,000 buy-in event.

The action will be recorded by NBC, edited, and aired beginning Sunday April 16th. Each episode will be an hour long, and there will be ten episodes total. Odds makers have Phil Ivey as the favorite to win this tournament.

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