Team PokerStars Pros, qualifiers to go heads-up on NBC

When March rolls around, most right-thinking folks' minds drift to March Madness, the Big Dance, the Final Four, and all things related to NCAA basketball. At least, that's how it goes in America. Elsewhere, March may mean nothing of the kind. When it comes to poker, however, March means something else entirely, and this event has worldwide appeal.

Next week, Team PokerStars Pro, a Friend of PokerStars, and two PokerStars online qualifiers will be heading to Las Vegas for the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

The $20,000 buy-in invitation-only event is a tournament coveted by the world's top pros. Only a select few get in. This year, Team PokerStars Pro is well-represented in the field. Among the field of 64 will be Barry Greenstein, Gavin Griffin, Bertrand Grospellier, Joe Hachem, Dario Minieri, Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer, and Vanessa Rousso.

Joining the Team at the event will be Friend of PokerStars, Orel Hershiser. You might remember Hershiser shocked the tournament field last year when he made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the event. On his way, Hershiser beat out Ted Forrest, Allen Cunningham, and Freddy Deeb, before falling to eventual runner-up Andy Bloch. Hershiser won $75,000 for his performance. He went on to make a WCOOP final table in 2008.

PokerStars is also sending Blandino Gines and Fred Collins to the Heads-Up Championship. Gines and Collins both qualified via a series of online qualifiers. Last Sunday, the two players finished ahead of more than 500 other hopefuls. Gines and Collins will have their buy-ins and expenses covered next week. In the coming days, we hope to bring you more of their stories.

The action will all kick off on March 5 when the players will learn who they are playing in the first round on March 6.

Good luck to all the PokerStars players.

Simon Young
@MrSimonYoung in Team PokerStars Pro