Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

The National Heads-Up Poker Championship - 
The glorious Poker event commonly known as National Heads-up Poker Championship has been most anticipated celebration in the poker calendar. This amazing event has been running since 2005 and this year is seventh one, where the who is who of Poker world gather and unite to show their Poker skills to thousands fans watching anxiously. This event has been started by NBC television to showcase the best of Poker players to come and show their skills to worldwide audience.
While some might question the validity of this tournament as the participants are always invited from the NBC Poker selection team, but the process has many auditions each year in different cities to find best in Poker world. Each year the starry line up of players feature rich and famous Poker players with array of celebrities too. National Heads up Poker Championship was the first of its kind tournament in the United States broadcast history, but each year the viewer-ship has increased phenomenally and prizes increased as well.
The structure of National Heads up Poker Championship was developed inline with the basketball tournaments, which are often the most popular college sport events unquestionably. The process of playing is easy, the different players are set against the different opponents from all over the country, and the winner proceeds to next level. To win this championship one has to beat six players.
The first round of the championship starts with the different players being separated into the different groups called brackets. There are four brackets named as clubs, hearts, diamonds, and spades. The players are randomly drawn and each couple fights to show the supremacy in Poker skills. From each bracket the winner proceeds to fight between the brackets. While the bracket names might not sound significant but there have been many interesting stories of brackets being lucky or jinxed also. The game continues between the best of the brackets to find the best of three from Diamonds, Spades, Hearts and Clubs. Similarly the two players showing most wins are put in the final as one of them is crowned as the champion.
The idea of NBC Heads Up Poker Championship was based upon the success of the various European championships of similar nature. This championship is often compared with the World Heads-Up Championship, which is an open championship and anyone can enroll to participate. The 7th National Heads up Poker Championship was the event of the month in March 2011, and attracted thousand fans to watch and learn from their Poker idols.


Brief History
The National Heads-Up Poker Championship is an invitation-only event. In contrast, the World Heads-Up Poker Championship is an open event with a maximum participation of 128 players.
The 2005 event took place at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas between March 4 and March 6. It aired weekly on NBC from May 1 to May 22 with commentary from Gabe Kaplan and Matt Vasgersian.
The 2006 edition took place from March 4 to 6 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. NBC began its coverage by broadcasting one part of the opening round on April 16. The semi-final and championship matches aired May 21. Kaplan and Vasgersian returned as commentators.
The 2007 edition was broadcast from April 8 to May 20. Ali Nejad took Gabe Kaplan's spot as commentator due to Kaplan competing in the tournament.
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