Field of 64 Set for 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

After the first half of the field of 64 for the 2013 NBC National Heads-UP Poker Championship was released on Tuesday, the players filling in the other 32 spots were revealed Friday afternoon. The bracket has not yet been drawn up, as it will be determined Wednesday night at a draw party held at Caesars in Las Vegas, which will also play host to the tournament.

The field of 64 will play it out from Thursday, January 24 through Saturday, January 26, with twelve hours of content set to be aired over six episodes. Coverage will start Thursday, March 14 at 9 pm on NBC Sports, with the following two episodes airing on March 21 and March 28 in that same time slot. The final three episodes will air on three consecutive Saturdays at 1 pm on NBC, starting April 6.

  • Gaelle Baumann
  • Viktor Blom
  • Liv Boeree
  • Justin Bonomo
  • Dan Cates
  • Joseph Cheong
  • Shaun Deeb
  • Eli Elezra
  • Jennifer Harman
  • Isaac Haxton
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Kyle Julius
  • Eugene Katchalov
  • Phil Laak
  • Andrew Lichtenberger
  • Matt Matros
  • Jason Mercier
  • Michael Mizrachi
  • Chris Moneymaker
  • Chris Moorman
  • Carlos Mortensen
  • David Oppenheim
  • Rob Salaburu
  • Matt Salsberg
  • Nick Schulman
  • Huck Seed
  • Joe Serock
  • Sam Simon
  • Dan Smith
  • Justin Smith
  • Jason Somerville
  • A Qualifier from
  • For the first half of the field, click here

The defending champion is Erik Seidel, who will be joined in the field by 2009 NBCHU champion Huck Seed and 2005 winner Phil Hellmuth. The first-time participants from this half of the field are Gaelle Baumann, Viktor Blom, Justin Bonomo, Joseph Cheong, Isaac Haxton, Kyle Julius, Andrew Lichtenberger, Matt Matros, Chris Moorman, Rob Salaburu, Matt Salsberg, Nick Schulman, Joe Serock, Sam Simon, 2012 BLUFF Player of the Year runner-up Dan Smith, Justin Smith and Jason Somerville. A qualifier from a contest run on will be the 64th and final player added to the contest.

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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