Annie Duke Wins National Heads-Up Poker Championship

by Lou on March 9, 2010

Annie Duke won the The National Heads-Up Poker Championship’s to claim the $500,000 first-place prize and becomes the first woman champion. Duke defeated Erik Seidel, who has won eight World Series of Poker bracelets and ranks 9th all-time money list, in the tournament’s best-of-three finals. Seidel won $250,000 as the second-place finisher. The National Heads-Up Poker Championship is taped for broadcast on NBC over six consecutive Sundays beginning April 18 (Noon – 1 p.m. ET).

“I’m so excited to win such a prestigious event and join the likes of Huck Seed, Chris Ferguson and Phil Hellmuth as Heads-Up Champion,” said Duke, who became the first-ever woman to win the National Heads-Up Poker Championship. “I came into this tournament really focused and it feels great to finally break through in this event.”

In five previous NHUPC events, Duke never made it past the second round and had only advanced out of the first round once. On her way to the finals, she defeated Andy Bloch, Darvin Moon, Paul Wasicka, Jerry Yang and Dennis Phillips.

NBC’s television coverage:

April 18 – Noon – 1PM ET/9:00-10:00 AM PT
April 25 – Noon – 2PM ET/9:00-11:00AM PT
May 2 – Noon – 2PM ET/9:00-11:00 AM PT
May 9 – Noon – 2PM ET/9:00-11:00 AM PT
May 16 – Noon – 2PM ET/9:00-11:00 AM PT
May 23 – Noon – 3PM ET/9:00-Noon AM PT

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