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2013 NBC Heads Up Ends On Perfect Note

The final of the 2013 NBC Heads Up was fought between two of the biggest braggarts in the industry – Mike “The Mouth” Matusow and Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth. This $20,000 invitational event was played from January 24 to January 26 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. It will be aired over six weeks beginning from March.
NBC could not have hoped for a better final, not only because of the telecast value of the two players, but also because it ran to the wire. Matusow won the first match and Hellmuth fought back to level the score. The third match was invoked, which Matusow won quite easily. The clashes before the final were on a single match basis. Matusow exuded confidence right from the start and even had proclaimed on Day 1 that it was “his time”. The heads that he scalped along the way included Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Barry Greenstein, John Hennigan and Scott Seiver. In due course “The Mouth” may brag about his victory over “Poker Brat”, but on the day he was uncharacteristically emotional. In the post match interview he said, “It means a lot to have Phil alongside me. All you hear from the young kids is ‘Mike and Phil used to be good, but they can’t keep up with us kids, with our generation.’ But where are they standing today?” Hopefully this NBC Heads Up win will bring forth a resurgent Matusow. The Mouth was a member of the old Team Full Tilt, and was taken aback by the accusations leveled against the online poker room. He has been playing less poker since then.
Matusow has taken home $750,000, while Hellmuth has increased his considerable tournament earnings by another $300,000. The losing semi finalists received $100,000 each. The losing quarter finalists won $50,000. Players who cashed with $25,000 included Antonio Esfandiari, Vanessa Rousso, Barry Greenstein, Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan. Some of the big names who went home empty handed were Doyle Brunson, Shaun Deeb, Jonathan Duhamel, Jason Mercier, Michael Mizrachi, Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu. They also included poker babes Liv Boeree, Jennifer Harman, Maria Ho and Jennifer Tilly.

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