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Mike Matusow Wins The 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

The “Mouth” and Phil Hellmuth Square Off in Dream Final Match

by Erik Fast |  Published: Mar 06, 2013

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After a year hiatus in the wake of poker’s Black Friday, the popular NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship returned to Caesars Palace for its eighth running from Jan. 25-27, 2013. Once again the invitational $25,000 buy-in event drew a specially crafted field of 64, with a mixture of the game’s top players and its biggest personalities. From young-gun online cash game stars like Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Tom “Durrrr” Dwan to celebrities like Jennifer Tilly and Sam Simon to live pros like Phil Hellmuth and Barry Greenstein, this made-for-TV event supplied great match-ups for both casual and hardcore fans. With the field divided into the Spades, Hearts, Diamonds and Clubs brackets, everything was set to determine who would take home the $750,000 first-place prize and the title of national heads-up champion. Thinning The Field In a run-of-the-mill poker tournament, roughly 10 percent of the field makes the money. In this ...


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