NBC Sports Group to Air 12 Hours of 2013 National Heads-up Poker Championship by WSOP.com from Caesars Palace

NBC Sports Group will air the National Heads-Up Poker Championship to NBC and NBC Sports Network. Coverage of the invitational tournament from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev., includes three original airings on NBC and three on NBC Sports Network beginning March 14 at 9 p.m. ET.

The National Heads-Up Poker Championship features 64 of the world’s most compelling poker players as they compete in a series of Heads-Up matches (one-on-one games of No Limit Texas Hold’em). The tournament is a single-elimination, bracket-style format modeled after the NCAA Basketball tournament. A player wins a match and advances to the next round; wins six matches and becomes the National Heads-Up Poker Champion.

This year’s event marks the eighth installment of the National Heads-Up Poker Championship. For the seventh time, the tournament will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev., a resort with a long history of exclusive poker tournaments and cash games.  The reigning champion is eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, who defeated 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker to win the title.  Previous Heads-Up Poker Championship competitors have included Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Antonio Esfandiari. 

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S FULL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (All times ET and subject to change): 

DATE             TIME             NETWORK

March 14         9 p.m.              NBC Sports Network

March 21         9 p.m.              NBC Sports Network

March 28         9 p.m.              NBC Sports Network

April 6             1 p.m.              NBC

April 13           1 p.m.              NBC

April 20           1 p.m.              NBC