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National Heads-Up Poker Championship Back After Year Off

January 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

The National Heads-Up Poker Championship returns for the eighth time this year (its seventh at Caesars Palace) after taking a break in 2012. The National Heads-Up Poker Championship features 64 of the world's best poker players as they compete in a series of Heads-Up matches (one-on-one games of No Limit Texas Hold'em).

This is really a made-for-TV poker event, but is very popular with players and fans alike because of its different structure. The tournament is a single-elimination, bracket-style format modeled after the NCAA Basketball tournament. When a player wins a match, he or she advances to the next round. If that poker player wins six matches, they become National Heads-Up Poker Champion.

The reigning champion is eight-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Erik Seidel. Seidel defeated 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker to win the title. The tournament was previously a staple of lazy Sunday afternoon TV on NBC. That changes a little with some episodes airing on the NBC Sports Network.

The tournament will be filmed at Caesars Palace this week, January 24-26. NBC Sports Network will air episodes at 9 p.m. on March 14, 21 and 28 while the final three episodes will air on your normal NBC station at 1 p.m. on April 6, 13 and 20.

[PHOTO: Las Vegas Sun]

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