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Big Names Still Vying For Heads-Up Seat

With the start of the 2011 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship just a month away, those not fortunate enough to receive an official invite to the tournament have been battling it out on the felt to secure a qualifying berth.

The $230 buy-in live super satellite to this year’s event kicked off at Caesars Palace earlier this week attracting 217 runners who first contested a multi-table tournament before the field was narrowed to the final 16 who will play each other heads-up.

The good news for viewers is that are a host of big names still left in the tournament with Justin Young, Kathy Liebert, Eric Baldwin, Jonathan Friedberg and Sam Grizzle all still in contention for the $25,000 seat when the tournament begins in March.

Grizzle in particular would provide great comic value, especially if he was paired with friend and sparring partner Phil Hellmuth in one of the early rounds, but it is one of the younger internet generation who will probably be favourite to progress this week.

All remaining players are currently in the money, with first place naturally winning the $25,000 seat. Second place will take home $3,760 in cash, with third and fourth each receiving $1,881. Fifth through eighth get $1,026 while a min-cash nets $684.
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