2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship Done: Wasicka, Forrest, Hellmuth, Dancing with the Stars’ Shannon Elizabeth Do Not Advance
It was a bad opening day for previous NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship champs.
2005 winner Phil Hellmuth (above) took a devastating beat on hand number three against online pro Tom "durrr" Dwan. Hellmuth, holding pocket aces, called a re-raise all in by Dwan, who held tens. A ten hit on the turn, sending Hellmuth to the rail.
2006 winner Ted Forrest was gunned down by Orel Hershiser. The former Dodgers pitcher had just received heads-up lessons from Gavin Smith and Bill Edler the night before (footage of this will be up on RawVegas.tv on Sunday). Guess it worked.
Last year’s champ Paul Wasicka was taken down by half-man, half-amazing Freddy Deeb.
And Dancing with the Stars’ Shannon Elizabeth lost to Andy Bloch. So it’s back to Dancing with the Stars for Shannon Elizabeth.
Phil Ivey, fresh of his WPT LAPC win, advanced to the second round, where he’ll face Johnny Chan (who confirmed to us that he does not have a handicap sticker on his car).
Other compelling Round of 32 match-ups include: Gavin Smith vs. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Scotty Nguyen vs. Gus Hansen, Jerry Yang vs. Phil Laak, Scott Fischman vs. Jamie Gold, Erick Lindgren vs. Doyle Brunson, and our pick to win it yet again, Huck Seed vs. Brian Townsend.