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2010 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship: $20,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Tournaments, 2010-03-08, by Ozone

The 2010 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship was held last weekend at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Sixty-four of the game's top players, mixed in with a few lucky qualifiers, came together to battle for the $500,000 first-place prize.

Poker veteran and reality TV star Annie Duke bested eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel to win the championship. It was a long road to victory for Duke. She beat Andy Bloch and Darvin Moon in the first two rounds before playing an epic match against 2007 champion Paul Wasicka in the round of 16. Duke was all-in with Ace-Ten against Wasicka's Aces but made a straight on the river to stay in the tournament.

She then took care of Jerry Yang and Dennis Phillips en route to her final showdown with Seidel, who beat Scotty Nguyen in the final four. For his efforts, Seidel received $250,000.

Last year's winner, Huck Seed, who has made it to at least the round of 16 in all five previous runnings of this tournament, finally failed to make it out of the first round by falling to Seidel.

Doyle Brunson, Jason Mercier and Peter Eastgate also enjoyed good runs in this year's event before falling in the round of 8.

Footage from this tournament will air this spring on NBC. Duke is already well-known to NBC viewers; she finished 2nd to Joan Rivers in Season 8 of the popular show The Apprentice in which participants vie to become an apprentice to Donald Trump.

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