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2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship

Tournaments, 2011-03-07, by Ozone

At last year's National Heads-Up Poker Championship (NHUPC), Erik Seidel could nearly taste victory before falling to Annie Duke in the final. Seidel made it back to the final this year, this time facing Chris Moneymaker. The eight-time bracelet winner got things right this year and won the 64-player event for $750,000.

The win propelled Seidel ahead of Daniel Negreanu on the all-time winnings list. He has now won more money in live poker tournaments than anyone in history.

Chris Moneymaker's $300,000 payday for second-place was his largest cash in a tournament since triggering the poker boom with a $2.5 million score in the 2003 WSOP Main Event. Reigning world champion Jonathan Duhamel made an impressive run before losing in the semi-finals. Andrew "good2cu" Robl was the other semi-final participant.

Rounding out the top eight were David Oppenheim, last-second replacement for Annie Duke, Oliver Busquet, Vanessa Selbst, and David Benyamine. Duke was unable to defend her title due to a family medical emergency.

Highlights from the NHUPC will begin airing on NBC in the United States this spring.

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