By Burt Davis
Photos by Burt Davis or Dianne Davis unless otherwise noted
NATIONAL HEADS- UP POKER TOURNEMENT RETURNS TO CAESAR’S PALACE
After a one year hiatus, NBC’s National Heads up Poker tournament has returned to Caesar's Palace. The play took place on January 24 - 26, 2013 and was taped for showing on NBC and NBC sports in March.
An evening drawing party at Cleopatra’s Barge in Caesar’s Palace gave the players a chance to mingle and socialize before getting down to business. A video of past Heads-Up events was shown. The humorous side and antics of many of the players were on display in the video.
Then, the matches were determined by drawing names in front of the participants present.
Daniel Negreanu took the microphone for a moment to pay public praise to poker icon Doyle Brunson. He said that, “ If it wasn’t for Doyle, none of us would be here.”
The tourney was an invite-only event that features 64 of the world's leading poker players. The buy-in was $25,000. The tourney winner received $750,000, while second place received $300,000. Semi-finalists received $100,000 each while places 5—8 received $50,000 each and places 9-16 each obtained $25,000.
The list of participants reads like a who's who of the poker world.
You may wonder who won the tournament. Press were asked not to disclose the results in advance of the broadcast. So tune into NBC in March to get the results.
Gaelle_Baumann and Liv Boerre
Kyle Julius and Andy Bloch
Mike Matusow and Michael Mizrachi
Phil Hellmuth and Mike Sexton
Phil Ivey and Phil Laak
Antonio Esfandiari vs. Jennifer Tilly
Jonathan Duhamel vs. Matt Glantz
Chris Moorman vs. Carlos Mortensen
Matt Salsberg vs. Daniel Cates
Vanessa Rousso vs. Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Shaun Deeb vs. Andy Frankenberger
Andy Bloch vs. Kyle Julius
Will Failla vs. Scott Seiver