Beginning on Friday, March 5, 2010, some of the greatest poker players in the world will get together for the 2010 National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Over the past several years this event has grown in popularity as people love to watch the pros, and a few amateurs, duke it out one versus one across a small poker table on national television.
The event is aired nationally in the United States on the NBC television network on a tape-delayed basis. This year the telecasts begin on April 18th and conclude with the final match on May 23rd.
The National Heads-Up Poker Championship is different than most other poker on television because of the unique game play. Each match features two players playing Texas Hold'em against each other with the chance to move on to the next round with a win. Fans of the NCAA basketball tournament will be familiar with the brackets used to chart a player's advance.
As most poker players know, heads-up poker is a unique game that requires different playing strategies than a regular ring or tournament game. Most players in the National Heads Up Poker Tournament and who play poker in general have little exposure to heads-up poker because such situations only arise at the end of tournaments. Those who do have experience and have honed their skills have the best chance of success.
This year's tournament is the sixth annual edition and many of the world's best-known pros plan to participate. Most of these players play aggressively in general and this is only heightened when it comes to heads-up play. The matches are fun to watch because they are fast moving and packed with action. Players move all-in frequently and a match can be actually over in seconds.
Do not let the action fool you, however, as there is a lot of strategy that goes into heads-up poker play. Many of the most profitable online poker players play a lot of heads-up poker, as most of the online poker sites now offer heads-up matches around the clock. There is even a heads-up poker strategy guide dedicated to helping people learn how to excel playing heads-up poker.
At the end of the day, even if you are not a poker player or fan, you'll probably enjoy the 2010 National Heads-Up Poker Championship and its action-packed play.