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Bill Edler Wins Heads Up Challenge in California

Edler Defeats Barry Greenstein for $215,000

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Crystal Park Casino in Southern California played host to the Heads Up Challenge last week, a $10,000-buy-in event that attracted a who's who list of poker players vying for a first prize worth nearly $215,000.

Players who participated in the event include Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren, Mike Matusow, Ted Forrest, Hassan Habib, Michael Mizrachi, Jeff Madsen, Steve Zolotow, Gabe Kaplin, Barry Greenstein, and many others.

Bill Edler, who now has close to $1 million in tournament winnings, found himself against Greenstein in the championship heads-up match this past weekend. He ended up beating Greenstein to take home the top prize of $215,000.

Edler is a tough tournament player who cashes left and right at major events. He recently cashed in two events at the World Poker Tour's Winter Poker Open for a total of about $140,000, and has seven cashes for more than $50,000, including this victory. Please click here for Edler's player page on CardPlayer.com.

For many players, the HUC was a precursor to the NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship. Many of the players who competed in the Crystal Park event will be at Caesars in Las Vegas starting March 1, to compete in the popular and nationally televised NHUPC.

CardPlayer.com will provide updates at the NHUPC, so be sure to check it out the first week of March when the players again butt heads.