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2006 NBC National Heads-Up Championship

Tournaments, 2006-03-07, by TwoGun

In only its second year of existence, the National Heads-Up Championship has blossomed into one of poker's most sought after titles. Simply being one of the 64 invited participants is a huge honor for most players. This year, Phil Hellmuth was a man with a mission in trying to repeat his title from last year's inaugural event. Unfortunately Hellmuth was eliminated in his first match of the bracket against Hall-of-Famer Chip Reese.

A man considered the consummate Vegas gambler and poker professional, Ted Forrest, added to his stellar career highlights by emerging victorious in this tournament. Almost equally impressive, Chris Ferguson outlasted all but one of the participants and placed second for the second year in a row. Ferguson won $250,000 for 2nd place. Ted Forrest won half a million for his winning effort. Aside from Ferguson, Forrest had the difficult task of plowing through Erik Seidel, Chad Brown, Ernie Dureck, Sam Farha, and Sean Sheikhan to capture this title.

Huck Seed and Sean "Sheiky" Sheikhan were the losing Final Four participants. Well-respected players Barry Greenstein and Daniel Negreanu both made it to the Elite Eight before coming up short. The most interesting upset in the tournament was probably Dan Harrington's loss to Vegas lawyer David Chesnoff in the round of 32.

The sure to be entertaining footage recorded from this event will begin airing Sundays on NBC in the U.S. beginning April 16th.

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