Yesterday saw the remaining 32 players left standing in the 2013 NBC Heads-Up Championships do battle in an attempt to get down to the last 8 that will play to a winner later today. There were some shocks as well as some formalities, with us listing you the quarter final matches here.
Scott Seiver Up Against Dan Cates!
This match is definitely one of the more interesting, due to it pitting two of the youngest players left in the event. These two are both considered heads up specialists, due to them earning most of their fortunes online playing heads up for some huge stakes.
To get this far, Seiver had to get past Will Failla in the round of 64, Kyle Julius in the 32 and Vanessa Rousso in the last sixteen. Seiver on the other hand had to topple Matt Salsberg in the first round, the British Chris Moorman in the second and the ever popular Antonio Esfandiari in the round of sixteen.
Mike Matisow Up Against John Hennigan!
In contrast to the first match up, this one are about two of the older competitors facing off. Both have immense levels of experience with a combined total of $11 million being won from tournaments between the two and a WSOP bracelet tally of five.
Matusow had the hardest route to get here as he had to see his way past Michael Mizrachi, the super aggressive Viktor Blom and then a certain Barry Greenstein. Hennigan didn’t have it easy either as he had to beat David Williams, the popular Sam Simon and arguably the best poker player in the world Phil Ivey.
Joe Serock Up Against Brian Hastings!
What makes this match up interesting is the fact that Hastings is a specialised online heads u player whilst his opponent Serock is far more suited to live tournament play. Hastings has proven his heads up ability time and again, winning events like the WSOP $10k NLHE Heads Up Championship.
He got here by beating some big names too, taking down Matt Matros, and the friendly Eli Elezra and the durrr man himself Tom Dwan. Serock too took down some big scalps with him outlasting WSOP ME Champion Greg Merson, Huck Seed and the most in form player of last year Dan Smith.
Phil Hellmuth Up Against Eugene Katchalov!
Hellmuth is always around the top of most of the tournaments he has played in. He has won this one before and is in fact the only player left that has this title, whilst we all know about his record haul of 13 WSOP bracelets which includes the main event at both the WSOP and WSOPE.
He is up against Eugene Katchalov, who is our tip to have a big year in 2013. He is already a WSOP bracelet holder, WPT winner and already has nearly $8 million in career earnings.
Hellmuth had to get past Mike Sexton, the mysterious Justin Smith and GPI top ten man David Sands. Katchalov on the other had had to see his way past Faraz Jaka, the mercurious Phil Galfond and Joseph Cheong.