Mike Matusow is back from the dead. And so are we. For now.
We’re not kidding.
And no, this is not 2004.
Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, he of “Game Passed Him By 8 Years Ago” fame, defeated Phil Hellmuth to claim the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
It was a best case scenario situation for the WSOP and NBC. Let’s just say when they got in the money and were down to 16, a Dan Cates vs Dan Smith final was on the table–which is nowhere near as exciting a combo as this Dan & Dan.
For the win, Matusow banks $750,000, or about $750,000 more than he’s banked the past four years. Hellmuth continues his year long upswing, earning $300,000.
Other cashers included the aforementioned Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates ($50,000), Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan ($25,000), Antonio Esfandiari ($25,000), Vanessa Rousso, a woman, who went to Duke ($25,000), and Phil Ivey ($25,000).
Get full results here.
Like photos of Keeley Hazell, the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Challenge is back!
After a one-year hiatus, the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Challenge is back.
The event has always been among the most watched poker broadcasts, but was largely paid for in the past with advertising dollars from PokerStars and Full Tilt.
With those two entities out of the U.S., the WSOP.com and Caesars has stepped up to foot the bill. The event will take place on January 24-26 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The draw party will return as well on the 23rd of January.
No field selections have been named yet.
The NBC Heads-Up had always been one of our favorite pre-Black Friday events. The draw party is one of the few “whole industry comes together and drinks” events each year as well. Glad to see it back.
Read more about the relaunch here.
The NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship will not take place in 2012.
Wicked Chops Poker has confirmed that NBC will not hold their popular National Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2012.
We can’t say that this is surprising news, as PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker were the primary advertisers for the event and fronted the majority of buy-in money for the players. Still, it’s yet another blow for the poker industry in the U.S.. Averaging a 1.5 rating over its seven-year run, the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship was consistently the game’s top rated program.
While the event will definitely not take place in 2012, NBC has left the door open for its future return. NBC Sports Senior Director of Communications Adam Freifeld told WCP that the network will “continue to evaluate our poker programming” moving forward.
Here’s hoping for a speedy return once online poker is regulated in the U.S.. NBCHU was always one of our favorite events of the year and made for “good TV.” It’s list of winners include some of poker’s biggest names, including Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson, Erik Seidel, and Huck Seed.
We’ll be writing more about the future of televised poker next week as one of our first Wicked Chops Insider features. Sign up for Insider here.
Kara Scott is among the surprise names in the 2010 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship field list.
The full field for the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
was released today.
With so many automatic qualifiers there isn’t room for too many surprises. However, some names that did stand out on the list included:
- Kara Scott: We’re big fans of Kara, but apparently her hostess gig with the WPT carries more weight within the industry than we thought?
- Jamie Gold, Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer: Looks like former WSOP ME champs will continue getting invites for another year.
- Dennis Phillips: Same goes to non-former WSOP ME champs who people think are former WSOP ME champs.
- Annette Obrestad: This is the first big-time televised event she’ll be playing in the States. Expect big things.
- Phil Gordon: He didn’t play last year and doesn’t play much anymore in general.
- Phil Laak: Yeah, he’s running good for the past week, but that doesn’t excuse the past five years.
- Johnny Chan: People still care about him?
The field feels a little light on the celebrity/athlete angle too. Just the usual suspects of Don Cheadle, Jennifer Tilly, Orel Hershiser, and Gabe Kaplan. No Michael Phelps. Not even…dare we say…Trishelle.
Also, Layne Flack did not get an invite back this year. Wonder why.
Go below the fold for the full field listing.
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Huck Seed is clearly the breast heads up poker player alive.
Huck Seed made relatively short work of Vanessa Rousso, a woman, who went to Duke, to win the NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship.
This was clearly just Seed's time. After four straight deep runs in the event (and four WCP endorsed picks to win it all), Seed finally came through and won it all, defeating Rousso 2-0.
Despite the two matches to nil defeat, to Rousso's credit, she had without a doubt the hardest route to get to the finals, having to defeat Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Paul Wasicka, Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospillier, and the fact that she's a woman.
For the win, Seed will bank $500,000. He becomes the third WSOP Main Event winner to capture a NBC Heads Up title, joining his ex-best friend Phil Hellmuth and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson.
Seed now has an 18-4 overall NBC Heads-Up record, giving him the second greatest record in everything ever, just behind the United States in wars (18-0-2).