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.
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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).