Team PokerStars Pro still alive in NBC Heads Up Championship

If you had a chalk bracket going into day 1 of the NBC Heads Up Poker Championship, find a bird cage to line, because it's pretty much worthless today. Well, not entirely. Several matches went the way the experts predicted, but the last year's champion and runner-up (and favorites to go deep this year) both went out in during round 1. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Andy Bloch will spending the rest of the weekend doing something else.

Several members of Team PokerStars made it through to the second round and now have their chance to take the national heads-up title.

Vanessa Rousso defeated poker legend Doyle Brunson in the first round and will now have another huge hill to climb. She now goes up against Phil Ivey.

After beating Chris Moneymaker in round 1, Daniel Negreanu will now have to face another member of Team PokerStars Pro. Round 2 in the clubs bracket will pit Negreanu against Dario Minieri. If that's not a TV table, I don't know what is.

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In the spades bracket, ElkY and Barry Greenstein will have a chance to move onto the third round. Both men beat PokerStars qualifiers in the first round. Now ElkY with face Ilari Sahamies. Greenstein will go up against the formidable Tom Dwan.

Good luck to the remaining members of Team Pokerstars Pro in Round 2.

The full list of match-ups is below.

Hearts bracket

Eli Elezra v. Erick Lindgren
David Williams v. Scott Fischman
John Phan v. Jerry Yang
Sam Farha v. Peter Eastgate

Diamonds bracket

Kenny Tran v. Jen Harman
Phil Laak v. David Oppenheim
Gus Hansen v. Huck Seed
Glen Chorny v. Brad Garrett

Clubs bracket

Don Cheadle v. Paul Wasicka
Phil Ivey v. Vanessa Rousso
Scotty Nguyen v. Ted Forrest
Daniel Negreanu v. Dario Minieri

Spades bracket

Gabe Kaplan v. John Juanda
Ilari Sahamies v. Bertrand Grospellier
Jeffrey Ishbia v. Phil Hellmuth
Tom Dwan v. Barry Greenstein

Photo credit: Stephanie Moore -- NBC Sports

Simon Young
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