2006 Caesars Heads Up

The National Heads-Up Poker Championship is an annual poker tournament held in the United States. It is produced and broadcasted by the NBC television network and hence formally known as the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

The premier was played at the Golden Nugget in 2005, but in 2006 the Heads-Up Championship changed venue to Caesars Palace where it has remained since then. Due to its strong ties to Caesars Palace, the championship is sometimes referred to as Caesars Heads Up.

In October 2011, NBC announced that the National Heads-Up Poker Championship would not return in 2012. The Championship had been sponsored by online poker companies and therefore lost its major sponsors in the wake of Black Friday. In 2013, the Championship returned after its hiatus, now with the World Series of Poker (WSOP) as its presenting sponsor.

2006 Caesars Heads Up

Just like the other National Heads-Up Poker Championships produced by NBC, the 2006 Caesars Heads Up was an invitation-only tournament with a $20,000 buy-in. A total of 64 players participated in the event, which took place from March 4 to 6.

The poker variant played was No Limit Texas Hold’em and the structure was a single-elimination tournament modeled after college basketball tournaments in the U.S.

The tournament started with 32 heads-up matches and each player who won their match went on to the second round. The first round was seeded randomly the night before, with players being divided into four brackets (Hearts, Spades, Diamonds and Clubs). After the initial round, the structure of the brackets determined how the winners of the preceding round were matched with each other. Thanks to this structure, the semifinals automatically included one player from each bracket.

After a total of six rounds, Ted Forrest was crowned 2006 Ceasars Heads Up Champion, after a best-of-three final battle with Chris Ferguson.

NBC commenced its broadcasting of the 2006 Caesars Heads Up by airing one part of the initial round on April 16, 2006. The semi-final and championship matches were broadcasted on May 21. Just as in 2005, Gabe Kaplan and Matt Vasgersian served as commentators.

2006

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championships
1  Ted Forrest
64  Erik Seidel
 Forrest
 Brown
32  Chad Brown
33  Phil Ivey
 Forrest
 Dureck
16  Ernie Dureck
49  Scotty Nguyen
 Dureck
 Phillips
17  Paul Phillips
48  Jennifer Tilly
 Forrest
 Farha
8  Sam Farha
57  René Angélil
 Farha
 Shulman
25  Barry Shulman
40  Antonio Esfandiari
 Farha
 Mizrachi
9  Michael Mizrachi
56  Mark Seif
 Mizrachi
 Lederer
24  Howard Lederer
41  Allen Cunningham
 Forrest
 Sheikhan
4  Shahram Sheikhan
61  Gus Hansen
 Sheikhan
 Brunson
29  Doyle Brunson
36  John Juanda
 Sheikhan
 Grey
13  David Grey
52  Lyle Berman
 Grey
 Mortensen
20  Carlos Mortensen
45  Johnny Chan
 Sheikhan
 Negreanu
5  Daniel Negreanu
60  Evelyn Ng
 Negreanu
 Raymer
28  Greg Raymer
37  Layne Flack
 Negreanu
 Cloutier
12  T. J. Cloutier
53  Jeff Shulman
 Cloutier
 Laak
21  Phil Laak
44  Gavin Smith
 Forrest
 Ferguson
3  Chris Ferguson
62  Freddy Deeb
 Ferguson
 Reese
30  Chip Reese
35  Phil Hellmuth
 Ferguson
 Arieh
19  Josh Arieh
46  David Williams
 Arieh
 Elezra
14  Eli Elezra
51  Mike Matusow
 Ferguson
 McManus
6  James McManus
59  Josh Lochner
 McManus
 Sexton
27  Mike Sexton
38  Annie Duke
 McManus
 Chesnoff
22  David Chesnoff
43  Bobby Baldwin
 Chesnoff
 Harrington
54  Dan Harrington
11  Todd Brunson
 Ferguson
 Seed
7  Huck Seed
58  David Oppenheim
 Seed
 Lindgren
26  Erick Lindgren
39  Steven Glassner
 Seed
 Fischman
42  Scott Fischman
23  James Woods
 Fischman
 Luong
55  Dee Luong
10  Men Nguyen
 Seed
 Greenstein
15  Barry Greenstein
50  Cyndy Violette
 Greenstein
 Le
47  Tuan Le
18  Chris Moneymaker
 Greenstein
 Vahedi
31  Amir Vahedi
34  Jerry Buss
 Vahedi
 Caro
63  Mike Caro
2  Tony G

Caesars Heads Up vs. World Heads-Up Poker Championship

  • Ceasars Heads Up (formally the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship) is an invite only tournament, while World Heads-Up Poker Championship was an open tournament.
  • Caesars Heads Up returned in 2013 after a one-year long hiatus, while the World Heads-Up Poker Championship has not been played since 2010.
  • Caesars Heads Up includes 64 players, while the World Heads-Up Poker Championship had room for 128 players.
  • Caesars Heads Up is played in the United States (2005-2011, 2013-), while the World Heads-Up Poker Championship was played in Europe (2001-2010).