Cancelation of “National Heads-Up Poker Championship” is Just Another Casualty Attributable to Black Friday

by Lou on October 14, 2011

In another casualty that can be traced back to Black Friday, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship was canceled, according to Wicked Chops Poker. They’re reporting that this event is off the poker calendar for 2012, although NBC did not rule out the possibility of an eventual return sometime in the future.

Held annually at Caesars Palace, the tournament was made up of 64 players in a single-elimination format, and winners have included a long list of poker notables.  Phil Hellmuth captured the initial event in 2005 and was followed by Ted Forrest in 2006, Paul Wasicka in 2007, Chris Ferguson in 2008, Huck Seed in 2009, Annie Duke in 2010 and Erik Seidel in 2011.

The majority of this made-for-TV show’s advertising came from PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.  But Poker Stars is now shut out of the US market, while Full Tilt appears to be shut out for good.  When you couple that with declining ratings, this show’s demise comes as no surprise.

NBC’s cancellation of Poker After Dark and Fox’s termination of the PokerStars Big Game are also directly attributable to Black Friday.

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