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National Heads-Up field includes Rousso, Mercier


The field for the sixth annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship is flush with a who’s who of the poker world, including a dozen World Series of Poker Main Event champions, top all-time money winners, online studs, Academy Award nominees and two players from South Florida, Vanessa Rousso and Jason Mercier.

The event will be taped for broadcast on NBC over six consecutive Sundays in April and May. The brackets will be chosen at random during the GoDaddy.com Draw Party held at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace on Thursday. The competition begins March 5 and continues through March 7, presented by GoDaddy.com, the world's largest domain name registrar,

“We’ll of course be rooting for our Go Daddy Girl Vanessa Rousso,” said Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. “Vanessa is ready for another great run at this year’s 2010 Heads up tournament. She'll definitely bring her 'A' game given the fierce competition.”

The entire field:
Patrick Antonius, Eric Baldwin, Andy Bloch, Doyle Brunson, Joe Cada, Johnny Chan, Don Cheadle, Allen Cunningham, Pieter De-Korver, Annie Duke, Tom Dwan, Peter Eastgate, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Sam Farha, Chris Ferguson, Ted Forrest, Jamie Gold, Phil Gordon, Barry Greenstein, Bertrand Grospellier, Joe Hachem, Gus Hansen, Jennifer Harman, Phil Hellmuth, Orel Hershiser, Jesper Hougaard, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Gabe Kaplan, John Paul Kelly, Phil Laak, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Mike Matusow, Jason Mercier, Dario Minieri, Chris Moneymaker, Darvin Moon, Greg Mueller, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, Annette Obrestad, Brock Parker, Dennis Phillips, Greg Raymer, Vanessa Rousso, Kara Scott, Huck Seed, Erik Seidel, Mike Sexton, Gavin Smith, Jennifer Tilly, Paul Wasicka, David Williams, Leo Wolpert, Jerry Yang and seven online qualifiers.

NBC's television coverage is noon-1 on April 18, noon-2 p.m. on April 25, May 2, May 9 and May 16 and noon-3 p.m. on May 23.

Last year, I reported Rousso's run as it happened, but when I spilled WSOP news early, people complained. So, question: Do you want the news as it happens or do you want to wait?

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Maybe you've made the right play, maybe you haven't. Your heart speeds up, your stomach rumbles.

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NICK SORTAL began playing 3-card "gut" and "Indian poker" on high school band trips, moved on to "night baseball" and "pass the trash" during a Dr. Pepper-infused midnight game in the 1980s at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and now play in a regular neighborhood Hold 'Em game in Plantation. I have been given the assignment of writing about the gambling life in South Florida casinos for the Sun-Sentinel...which means sitting around watching poker on TV now counts as research.
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