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NBC Heads-Up -- First-Round Matches Set

Card Player Readers Can Make their Picks and Enter the Bracket Challenge


The 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Championship first-round matches have been announced from the draw party at PURE night club in Caesars Palace. Now you have the opportunity to make your picks and email them in to before play begins on Friday at 1:30 p.m. to be eligible for Card Player prizes. Include your shirt size and address along with your picks for each NBC Heads-Up Setmatch from the initial 64 all the way down to the final champion. The blank bracket has been posted so that you can print it out, make your picks, and then see how you did as you follow along in live coverage from the event. Remember this is a single-elimination tournament except for the championship match, which will be a best-of-three to see who wins it all.

Check out profiles for the 2009 players and catch up on NBC Heads-Up history on the NBC Heads-Up page.

The first-round matches will take place Friday, Mar. 6. The round of 32 and the sweet 16 take place on Saturday, Mar. 7, and the elite eight, final four, and championship match take place on Sunday, Mar. 8. Card Player will be there for every single elimination, bringing you all of the action with live updates, photos, and videos from CardPlayer TV.

Hearts Bracket - Begins play at 1:30 p.m. Winner of the hearts bracket will play the winner of the diamonds bracket.

Johnny Chan vs. Eli Elezra

Erick Lindgren vs. Howard Lederer

J.C. Tran vs. David Williams

Jamie Gold vs. Scott Fischman

Erik Seidel vs. John Phan

Jerry Yang vs. Clonie Gowen

Allen Cunningham vs. Sam Farha

Andy Bloch vs. Peter Eastgate

Diamonds Bracket - Begins play at 4:00 p.m. Winner of the diamonds bracket plays the winner of the hearts bracket.

Kenny Tran vs. Antonio Esfandiari

Greg Raymer vs. Jennifer Harman

Kenny Yeh vs. Phil Laak

Vanessa Selbst vs. Layne Flack

David Benyamine vs. Gus Hansen

Huck Seed vs. Jonathan Little

Chad Brown vs. Glen Chorny

Annie Duke vs. Brad Garrett

Clubs Bracket - Begins play at 7:00 p.m. Winner of the clubs bracket plays the winner of the spades bracket.

Don Cheadle vs. David Pham

Paul Wasicka vs. Nicholas Joy

Jennifer Tilly vs. Phil Ivey

Doyle Brunson vs. Vanessa Rousso

Hevad Khan vs. Scotty Nguyen

Ted Forrest vs. Orel Hershiser

Daniel Negreanu vs. Chris Moneymaker

Mike Matusow vs. Dario Minieri

Spades Bracket - Begins play at 9:30 p.m. Winner of the spades bracket plays the winner of the clubs bracket.

Gabe Kaplan vs. Chris Ferguson

John Juanda vs. Joe Hachem

Ilari Sahamies vs. Gavin Smith

Fred Collins vs. Bertrand Grospellier

Jeffrey Ishbia vs. Leon Yanovski

Mike Sexton vs. Phil Hellmuth

Gavin Griffin vs. Tom Dwan

Barry Greenstein vs. Blandino Gines