NBC Heads-Up Info: Full-tilt and Pokerstars
Had this info posted in another thread but thought I would put it in its own thread so everyone can see it and get the information pertaining to the freerolls
being offered at Full-tilt and Pokerstars
for seats at the NBC Heads-up tourney!
"If you are a poker fan, you no doubt have witnessed the National Heads-Up Poker Championship on television. This prestigious tournament features a who's who of the top players in the world. Much like college basketball's March Madness tournament, the Heads Up tournament begins with 64 players who compete in heads up matches until a final winner is left standing.
Historically, this has been an invitation only event but this year, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars
will be giving away 5 seats to this event.
The list of participants is truly an exclusive club.
The past five NBC Heads-Up champions are automatically awarded bids, as are the last 3 World Series of Poker Main Event Champions. Also given seats are this years WSOP
main event runner up, the WSOP Player of the Year and the Card Player Magazine Player of the year.
The lineup truly boasts the best of the best.
The actual live Heads Up Championship takes place March 6 - 8, 2009 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
NBC will air the tournament live on television on these dates and times:
April 12: Noon - 2PM EST
April 19: Noon - 1PM EST
April 26: Noon - 2PM EST
May 3: Noon - 2PM EST
May 10: Noon - 2PM EST
May 17: Noon - 3PM EST
Now, in conjunction with Caesar's Palace, the two top online poker sites
will be sending a total of five members to play in the classic event, absolutely free.
They will be offering freerolls to gain entry to the event.
On February 22nd at 11AM, Caesars will run its freeroll and to qualify, all a player needs to do is play poker at the casino for 40 hours during the month of January. Qualifying players will compete in a multi table tournament until there are 64 players remaining. At that point, remaining players will compete in heads up poker matches just like the NBC event.
The top 32 will get a cash payout and the winner is entered into the NBC event.
PokerStars will be hosting a championship freeroll as well on February 22nd. Preliminary tournaments have been underway since December 20th. In the preliminary events, the top 200 finishers advance to a Round 2 tournament in which the top 56 move on to the big final. The top 2 finalists will win their seats on the NBC show.
Full Tilt Poker
's format is similar to the one held by PokerStars though one seat was awarded on January 4th in a freeroll. They are holding Round 1 heads-up shootouts and weekly Round 2 freerolls. Like the other two venues, their championship for the remaining seat is on February 22nd."
The full-tilt seats are being advertised as a $22,000 package which includes entry, travel, and accomodation.
At last years tourney the payouts were $500,000 for 1st, $250,000 for 2nd, 3rd and 4th got $125,000, 5th to 8th got $75,000, and 9th to 16th got $25,000. Also, Chris Ferguson was the winner.
Hope this info helps and tells
you everything you wanted to know.
Also, for people having trouble getting into the tourney at Full-tilt (because the rooms fill up fast), go into Sit and Go instead of just the tourney listings. Look for the NBC Heads-up round 1 freeroll room and open it up. It will open the roompage and will show the next time a heads up tourney will be starting and will put up the Register Now button at that time on that page so you will just have to click on it. That way you can always get in! (Instead of waiting for it to show up somewhere on the tourney listings, finding it, clicking on it,and then clicking to register: plus you know at what time it will happen at). I get in no problem all the time (wish I could just win one so I don't have to keep trying-best finish is top 8 so far). You also can just pick to play in another tourney if you lose and you are instantly enrolled in the next available one.