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Players Are Set to Bump Heads in March

NBC Invited 62 Players to Compete in the Third NHPC

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The final list of 62 players invited to compete in the third NBC's National Heads-Up Championship has been set.

The NHPC takes place there March 1-4. Last year's defending champ Ted Forrest will be there, as will Phil Hellmuth, who won the first edition of the NHPC in 2005. Chris Ferguson, who made it to the finals both years, will also play.

Several celebrities received and accepted invites this year. They include Don Cheadle, Shannon Elizabeth, Cheryl Hines, and Jennifer Tilly. Card Player's Jeff Shulman will also play.

The tournament will be shown on NBC starting in April. The broadcast schedule is as follows:

April 8 - Noon to 1 p.m. ET (3-4 p.m. PT) April 15 - Noon to 1 p.m. ET (3-4 p.m. PT) April 22 - Noon to 1 p.m. ET (3-4 p.m. PT) April 29 - Noon to 2 p.m. ET (3-5 p.m. PT) May 6 - Noon to 2 p.m. ET (3-5 p.m. PT) May 13 - Noon to 2 p.m. ET (3-6 p.m. PT) May 20 - Noon to 3 p.m. ET (3-6 p.m. PT).

And here's the complete list of players:

Rene Angelil, , Patrik Antonius, Bobby Baldwin, David Benyamine, Andy Bloch, Brad Booth, Humberto Brenes, Doyle Brunson, Todd Brunson, Chad Brown, Johnny Chan, Don Cheadle, T.J. Cloutier, Allen Cunningham, John D'Agostino, Annie Duke, Eli Elezra, Shannon Elizabeth, Antonio Esfandiari, Sam Farha, Chris Ferguson, Scott Fischman, Ted Forrest, Jamie Gold, Barry Greenstein,Phil Gordon, Clonie Gowen, Antanas Guoga, Joe Hachem, Gus Hansen, Jennifer Harman, Phil Hellmuth, Cheryl Hines, Phil Ivey, Kenna James, John Juanda, Gabe Kaplan, Phil Laak, Howard Lederer, Nam Le, Tuan Le, Erick Lindgren, Jeff Madsen, Mike Matusow, Isabelle Mercier, John Michael, Michael Mizrachi, Chris Moneymaker, Yosh Nakano, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, Greg Raymer, Chip Reese, Huck Seed, Erik Seidel, Mike Sexton, Shawn Sheikhan, Jeff Shulman, Gavin Smith, Jennifer Tilly, JC Tran, and David Williams.

The final two players will have come from a satellite held at Caesars and an online poker promotion offered through NBC. Both events took place after press deadline.