Cates, Dwan, Antonius, Busquet, Galfond Among NBC Heads-Up Round 1 Winners

Emmitt Smith was the lone celeb survivor in Round 1, while online stars shined...

It was a joyous first round for 2+2 or those who think that online players should dominate the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

In one of the more buzzed about matches, Daniel ‘Jungleman12′ Cates dispatched Phil Ivey. Other online phenoms who pulled out wins included Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan against Don Cheadle, Olivier ‘livb’ Busquest against Dwyte Pilgrim, Patrik Antonius against Sorel Mizzi, Andrew ‘Good2CU’ Robl against Kara Scott, and Phil ‘OMGClayAiken’ Galfond against “Salty” Joe Hachem.

It wasn’t a good day on the celebrity front. Only Emmitt Smith managed a victory, defeating David Williams. Otherwise, Jennifer Tilly lost to Doyle Brunson; Jason Alexander was defeated by Liv Boeree; and the aforementioned Don Cheadle was taken down by durrrr.

Some interesting Round of 32 matches today include: Olivier Busquet (many people’s pick to win it) vs. Liv Boeree; Daniel Cates vs. Chris Moneymaker; Tom Dwan vs. David Benyamine; and Vanessa Selbst vs. Peter Eastgate.

Get a full bracket breakdown here.

Diamonds Bracket

Bertrand Grospellier v. Phil Galfond
Vanessa Selbst v. Peter Eastgate
Jennifer Harman v. Erik Seidel
Greg Raymer v. Phil Gordon

{a-Clubs}Clubs Bracket{a-Clubs}

Olivier Busquet v. Liv Boeree
Jason Mercier v. Andy Bloch
Barry Greenstein v. Ayaz Mahmood
Jonathan Duhamel v. Antonio Esfandiari

{a-Hearts}Hearts Bracket{a-Hearts}

Andrew Robl v. Emmitt Smith
Gavin Smith v. James Bord
Phil Laak v. Michael Mizrachi
Tom Dwan v. David Benyamine

{a-Spades}Spades Bracket{a-Spades}

Doyle Brunson v. Dennis Phillips
Daniel Cates v. Chris Moneymaker
Carlos Mortensen v. David Oppenheim
Patrik Antonius v. Eugene Katchalov

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