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After a year hiatus, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship is back. The event will take place on January 24-26 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and will be broadcast on NBC and NBCSports in the coming months.
The field for the NHUPC has been released and the following 64 players will put up the $25,000 buy-in and compete for the title (in alphabetical order): Gaelle Baumann, Jean-Robert Bellande, Andy Bloch, Viktor Blom, Liv Boeree, Justin Bonomo, Doyle Brunson, Olivier Busquet, Daniel Cates, Mohsin Charania, Joseph Cheong, Shaun Deeb, Jonathan Duhamel, Tom Dwan, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Will Failla, Andy Frankenberger, Phil Galfond, Matt Glantz, Barry Greenstein, Bertrand Grospellier, Jennifer Harman, Brian Hastings, Isaac Haxton, Phil Hellmuth, John Hennigan, Maria Ho, Phil Ivey, Faraz Jaka, Kyle Julius, Eugene Katchalov, Phil Laak, Ben Lamb, Andrew Lichtenberger, Matt Matros, Mike Matusow, Jason Mercier, Greg Merson, Michael Mizrachi, Chris Moneymaker, John Monnette, Chris Moorman, Carlos Mortensen, Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer, Vanessa Rousso, Rob Salaburu, Matt Salsberg, Nick Schulman, Huck Seed, Erik Seidel, Scott Seiver, Joe Serock, Mike Sexton, Sam Simon, Dan Smith, Justin Smith, Jason Somerville, Jennifer Tilly, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, David Williams and a qualifier from WSOP.com.
My annual snubs column will be released next week, but if you have a suggestion of a player you believe should be in the tournament, leave it in the comments section below.