Phil Ivey And Joe Cada Featured Players At National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Tuesday, 16. February 2010

Phil Ivey and the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion, Joe Cada, are slated to headline the field at the 2010 National Heads-Up Poker Championship scheduled to take place on March 5th at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Tournament officials finally announced a number of confirmed participants in this years’ championship this Tuesday after weeks of speculation. Phil Ivey made his return to season 6 of GSN’s “High Stakes Poker” this past Sunday evening. Ivey has been on a roll lately first making the final table of the 2010 WSOP Main Event and then finishing 2nd in the 2010 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge. Ivey’s 2nd place win behind Dan Shak at the Aussie Millions earned him $553,000 and made him the all time poker tournament money leader with a total of $12.8 million in tournament winnings throughout his career.

At the age of 21, Joe Cada became the youngest WSOP Main Event winner in the tournament’s history when he defeated Darvin Moon heads-up. Cada also had a good showing at the 2010 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) where he finished 11th in the $25,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller Event banking $51,000. The young Mr. Cada will certainly have his hands full with the incredibly talented pool of players awaiting him at Ceasers.

Huck Seed will also be present at this year’s Heads-Up Poker Championship. Last year, Seed sent Vanessa Rousso to the rails to take the championship and is now the only player to have been in the money for every running of the heads up event. On the way to defeating Rousso in last year’s event, Seed defeated a veritable “who’s who” of players including Gus Hansen, David Oppenheim, Jonathon Little and Sammy Farha.

Chris Ferguson, Daniel Negreanu and Vanessa Rousso will all be returning for the National Heads-Up Poker Championship stage. The event will be broadcasted on NBC with Poker After Dark hostess Leeann Tweeden interviewing players on the floor and Ali Nejad and Craig Hummer providing commentary.

Full Tilt Poker runs regular qualifiers to the National Heads Up Poker Championship as well as all of the other big live tournaments.