Huck Seed Wins National Heads-Up Championship

by Lou on March 12, 2009

For all you college basketball junkies out there who read this blog—and that might be most of you—waiting with baited breath to fill out your brackets in hopes of predicting this year’s tournament winner, another bracket event concluded recently in Las Vegas. But the game was poker, not hoops, and Huck Seed—the only player to cash in all five NBC National Heads-Up Championships—defeated Vanessa Rousso in a best-of-three finals at Caesar’s Palace.
Four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Seed earned $500,000 for his win after defeating six opponents over three days. He reached the final table by vanquishing Jonathan Little, Gus Hansen, Glen Chorny David Oppenheim and Sam Farha. Vanessa Rousso, his opponent in the finale, got there bested Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Paul Wasicka, Daniel Negreanu and Bertrand Grospellier along her way to the finals.
When the competition was winnowed down to Seed and Russo, Seed took the first two matches of the best-of-three final to claim the title.
“This has always been one of my favorite tournaments of the year,” said Seed, who participated and finished in the money in every heads-up event. “I’ve played well in the past, but things especially went my way this weekend and I was able to make a run all the way to the top.”
Heads-Up was taped for broadcast on NBC over six consecutive Sundays beginning April 12, with rebroadcasts on CNBC and Universal HD.
Seed has had a lot of ups and downs in his poker career since winning the WSOP’s main event and the then-astronomical sum of $1 million in 1996, so it’s nice to see him take down an event he’s always shown well in.
“Huck Seed showcased his tremendous skills by defeating the best group of participants we’ve ever had,” said Jon Miller, Executive Vice President of NBC Sports. “We had a fantastic tournament. The response to this year’s event has been tremendous and we look forward to many more years of this prestigious competition.”

Celebrity participants, led by Don Cheadle and Brad Garrett, made some noise with upsets over some of poker’s best players. Garrett advanced to the second round by defeating Annie Duke, while Don Cheadle reached day two of the tournament with a win over David Pham.

The single elimination format of NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship produces a top flight winner annually, and Huck Seed’s 2009 victory did nothing to dispel that reputation.
The final money finish positions are as follows:

Fifth Place – $75,000
David Williams (Hearts Bracket)
David Oppenheim (Diamonds Bracket)
Daniel Negreanu (Clubs Bracket)
Phil Hellmuth (Spades Bracket)

Third Place – $125,000
Bertrand Grospellier (Spades Bracket)
Sam Farha (Hearts Bracket)

Second Place – $250,000
Vanessa Rousso (Clubs Bracket)

First Place – $500,000
Huck Seed (Diamonds Bracket)

{ 1 comment }

Disciples of Poker March 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Congratulations to the great Huck Seed.

I don;t know the man, but it seems to me that he has always been true to himself and his poker game.

His style and grace reminds me of the late Chip Reese

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: