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2009 NBC Heads Up Poker Championship - Final Day

Monday, March 9, 2009 | Francis Lee


The final day at the 2009 NBC Heads Up Poker Championship saw the eight remaining players return to play their quarter final match ups.  The original starting field of 64 players was split into four groups, with each group being named after the card suits. The quarter final stage saw the last 2 players from each group play off for a semi final spot.  This spot was worth $50,000 to the winner on top of there already guaranteed $75,000 for reaching the last eight.

It was the Hearts and Diamonds groups to go first with David Williams taking on Sam Farha and Huck Seed battling David Oppenheim.  The first elimination came just after the first level had passed involving Williams and Farha.  This came when the board was showing :qh :qd :6c :4c :10s There wasn’t much action before River but Farha lead out with a $15,000 bet, this was followed by an All In move from Williams and Farha quickly called.  Williams had :qc :6h having a full house but Farha had hit a better full house on the River with :qs :10d

Just a few minutes later all the chips were in pre flop between Seed and Oppenheim.  It turned out to be a race as Seed had :8c :8s and Oppenheim had two over cards with :ac :qd Seed held his narrow lead dodging Oppenheim’s cards, as the Flop came down :4c :ks :3c The Turn card proved decisive as the :8h meant Oppenhiem was drawing dead with one card to come.  This meant Seed would meet Farha in the semi finals, both Williams and Oppenheim was left to collect $75,000 for there efforts.

As the first quarter finals finished in just 15 minutes the Spades and Clubs quarters was brought forward.  The two quarter final match ups were Daniel Negreanu vs Vanessa Rousso and Phil Hellmuth the only former champion of this event left in the field was against Bertrand Grospellier.

The first elimination in this group came even quicker than the last group, as only five hands in a player was sent to the rail.  It was between Hellmuth and Grospellier as all the chips went in the middle pre flop.  The former champ was in trouble running into Grospellier with :ad :as when only having :qh :qc Hellmuth didn’t get any help on the board as it ran down :10c :8c :3d :10s :2s

The match between Negreanu and Rousso took a little longer than the rest.  It started out with Negreanu taking a 2-1 chip lead and then Rousso fought back to take a slight chip lead herself.  The final hand came when all the chip went in when the first four cards had come down :2c :3h :6h :3s Rousso tabled :2s :2h having a full house leaving Negreanu needing help with :qd :6s Only a six or three would do for Negreanu but the :10d ended this match meaning Rousso would meet Grospillier in the semi’s.

Semi Finals

Vanessa Rousso quickly dispatched Grospellier in their semi final after coming back from being behind but all the action was on the other table between Seed and Farha.  The chip lead swung from player to player as the short stacked player seemed to get all the luck.  It took around 2 ½ hours for this match up to be decided and it was Seed who managed to get the luck whilst in the chip lead.  Farha got his chips in with :ac :ks and Seed was drawing on a straight and Flush with :10c :8c Seed made his flush as the :9c completed the board to set up the final with Rousso.  Farha and Grospellier collected $125,000 for coming in joint third.


The final match between Rousso and Seed was a best of three encounter with the winner collecting the half million jackpot on offer and second place winning just half that amount.  Seed drew first blood early on, taking a 1-0 lead when he dominated Rousso with :kd :jd against :qd :jc Rousso never recovered from this blow and it didn’t take Seed long to finish her off.  The final hand came when Seed checked a pair of Kings on the Flop. Rousso paired a Ten on the Turn and this is when all the chips went in.  Rousso needed help on the River which never came meaning Huck Seed was crowned the 2009 Heads Up Champion.

Final Standings

  • 1st   Huck Seed $500,000
  • 2nd  Vanessa Roussa $250,000
  • *3rd Sam Farha $125,000
  • *3rd Bertrand Grospellier $125,000
  • *4th Daniel Negreanu $75,000
  • *4th Phil Hellmuth $75,000
  • *4th David Oppenheim$75,000
  • *4th David Williams $75,000
  • *5th John Juanda $25,000
  • *5th Paul Wasicka $25,000
  • *5th Scotty Nguyen $25,000
  • *5th Tom Dawn $25,000
  • *5th Kenny Tran $25,000
  • *5th Erick Lindgren $25,000
  • *5th John Phan $25,000
  • *5th Glen Chorney $25,000

*joint placed (exited from the same round)



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