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Seidel Pockets $750,000 As Winner of National Heads-Up Poker Championship

I love watching Erik Seidel play poker.

I mean, learn so much about bluffing… playing the odds, when to go all in and when not to.

So I was pretty happy when Seidel beat an elite field of 63 of poker’s best to win the seventh annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship (NHPC) presented by GoDaddy.com, at the Caesars Palace Poker Tournament Room.

Seidel, bless his poker playing heart, defeated Chris Moneymaker in the tournament’s best-of-three final table to claim the championship and the $750,000 first-place prize, up from $500,000 in last year’s competition.

Not too bad, eh?

Moneymaker takes home $300,000 as the second-place finisher, which increased $50,000 from last year after the buy-in for invited players was raised from $20,000 to $25,000.

The NHPC is taped for broadcast on NBC over six consecutive Sundays beginning April 17, noon – 1 p.m. ET.

I sure as hell will be watching.

“I have competed in the NHPC since 2005 and lost to Annie Duke in the finals at last year’s tournament, so my win today is truly special,” said Erik Seidel. “It is always exciting to compete against my fellow poker players who showcased great skill on the tables this year.”

Seidel defeated several top poker players on the way to the final table, including five-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Allen Cunningham and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Jennifer Harman.

He called Moneymaker’s bluff with three 5s in the final hand of the second match, giving him the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

Seidel rules.

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