They are through the 1st round in the NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship . Players were split into the 4 groups and will KO their way to the final HU game with each group having 1 player in the semis. The Clubs group first round had some of the hardest and most interesting looking matches, perhaps more so than what is to come in the last 32.
You would have got a good price on Chris Moneymaker beating the legend Patrik Antonius, Generous Ladbrokes may have even gone as high as 2:1 with a max bet of a generous whole 5 English Pounds (not Scottish or Gibraltarian ones). The man who recently complained about never running good in any tournaments managed to beat Patrik, so might be running good again.
As many people said, what a hard life to run good in only one small tournament in your life, called the WSOP Main Event. And not have to do anything again afterwards. Thank God he didn't have to do anything afterwards as he has been the most disappointing WSOP ME winner since... the Moneymaker effect happened. At the end of the day we must thank Moneymaker for making a world changing bluff, or, perhaps in reality, everyone should be thankful that Sammy Faha was an old school pro who could fold a hand and not some crazy pro player from skandiland who would have called.
Below were the 1st round games played in the Clubs group.
Patrik Antonius vs. Chris Moneymaker
Leo Wolpert vs. Eric Baldwin
David Williams vs. Joe Cada
Erik Seidel vs. Huck Seed
Dan Ramirez (online qualifier) vs. Erick Lindgren
Peter Eastgate vs. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
Stephen Quinn (online qualifier) vs. Ted Forrest
Dario Minieri vs. Jamie Gold
Other notable results where Gabe Kaplan beat Johnny Chan, Phil Gordon beat Tom Dwan and Stephen Quinn (online qualifier) beat Ted "fucking cool and good" Forrest.
The Second Round 32 players match up as shown below.
Chris Moneymaker v. Leo Wolpert
David Williams v. Erik Seidel
Erick Lindgren v. Peter Eastgate
Stephen Quinn v. Jamie Gold
Barry Greenstein v. Sam Farha
Jennifer Harman v. Jerry Yang
Darvin Moon v. Annie Duke
Paul Wasicka v. Gus Hansen
Phil Ivey v. Scotty Nguyen
Joe Hachem v. Gabe Kaplan
Jason Mercier v. Pieter de Korver
Phil Gordon v. Phil Laak
Allen Cunningham v. Eli Elezra
Chris Ferguson v. Dennis Phillips
Doyle Brunson v. Don Cheadle
Phil Hellmuth v. Annette Obrestad
The highlight has to be Phil Hellmuth v. Annette Obrestad. While Paul Wasicka v. Gus Hansen will be a real clash of styles, the man who plays any cards v one of the most boring but consistent tournament players.