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NBC to Air 1st Episode of the 6th Annual NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

The 1st episode of the 6th yearly NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, presented by, will premier on April 18th, 2010, Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. E.T. on NBC, and action will start in the spades group.

The tournament will air during six consecutive weeks at the time slot on Sunday afternoons until a winner is crowned in the tournament. NBC's TV Coverage: April 18th, 2010: Noon-1:00 p.m. ET/9:00-10:00 a.m. PT, April 25th, 2010: Noon-2:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. PT, May 2nd, 2010: Noon-2:00 p.m. ET/9:00-11:00 a.m. PT, May 9th, 2010: Noon-2:00 p.m. ET/9:00-11:00 a.m. PT, May 16th, 2010: Noon-2:00 p.m. ET/9:00-11:00 a.m. PT, May 23rd, 2010: Noon-3:00 p.m. ET/9:00-noon a.m. PT.

The broadcast times of CNBC and Universal HD are still to be decided. The complete prize pool: 1st place: $500,000, 2nd place: $250,000, 3rd place-4th place: $125,000, 5th place-8th place: $75,000 and 9th place-16th place: $25,000.

The total prize pool: $1,500,000. The 2010 National Heads-Up Poker Championship, which was covered at the Caesars Palace Poker Room on March 5th, 2010-March 7th, 2010, features sixty-four top poker players competing in a series of heads-up no-limit hold'em matches.

This poker tournament has a one-of-a kind, single elimination, bracket style game format patterned after college basketball's championship event, except that the finals of the basketball tournament are the best of three.

The tournament's invite only gaming format (plus 7 online qualifiers) guarantees a formidable field of poker stars like defending champion Huck Seed, 2009 WSOP (World Series of Poker) main event champion Joe Cada, Chris Ferguson, Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and others.

The matches that will be featured in the 1st episode are: Gavin Smith vs. Phil Ivey, Richard Edwards vs. Scott Nguyen, Joe Hachem vs. Shawn Rice, Johnny Chan vs. Gabe Kaplan, Daniel Negreanu vs. Jason Mercier, Mike Sexton vs. Pieter de Korver, Phil Gordon vs. Tom Dwan and John Juanda vs. Phil Laak.


05/06/2010 13:08 PM