Fifth Time Is A Charm For Huck Seed

Posted at 20:33 2009-03-10
On Sunday night Huck Seed was able to capture his first NBC National Heads-Up Championship for US$500,000. Seed defeated PokerStars pro Vanessa Rousso in the final best-of-three match 2-0 to be the only player to cash in all five previous Championships recording a ninth, third, ninth, third and now a victory since 2005.
However the field each year gets tougher and tougher with Seed having to outlast the likes of celebrities Brad Garrett, Don Cheadle and Gabe Kaplan, recent WSOP Champions Chris Moneymaker, Grey Raymer, Joe Hachem, Jamie Gold, Jerry Yang and Peter Eastgate, and defending Champions Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Paul Wasicka and Ted Forrest.
Moneymaker, Raymer, Hachem and Gold would all fall in round one along with Full Tilt pro’s Allen Cunningham, Andy Bloch, Erik Seidel, Howard Lederer and Mike Matusow as well as legends of poker Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan with Ferguson the only one to fall from the previous victors. David Oppenheim moved through round one after being gifted an entry following Layne Flack’s unfortunate overnight-stay in a cell following his pick-up by the authorities after leaving the drawing party at PURE nightclub at Caesars on Thursday night.
With the 64 starts being cut down to 32 for Saturdays round two and three play we saw Yang fall to John Phan and Eastgate to Sammy Farha while previous Champion Forrest exited along with Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Barry Greenstein and Phil Laak.
16 now remained with all players now guaranteed US$25,000. Erick Lindgren and Phan would fall while Oppenheim continued his fortunate run knocking off Kenny Tran as Seed took care of Glen Chorny and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier eliminating John Juanda. Rousso sent Wasicka to the rail and Scotty Nguyen would fall to . . . himself; with Daniel Negreanu donning a wig, an unbuttoned white shirt, classic shades and plenty of bling to blind Nguyen in good humour and eliminate him with a flopped straight. Hellmuth would find some revenge as he took out Dwan on a {Ah}{Jd}{5d}{9h}{9d} when Dwan called an all-in check-raise on the river with {Kc}{9c} only to be met by Hellmuth’s full house holding 9-5.
Sundays quarter-finals saw David Williams fall quickly to Farha when he rivered a bigger full house and Oppenheim lost a race to Seed’s {8s}{8d}. Hellmuth was unable to spike a Dwan-esque two-outer with {Qh}{Qc} to stay alive against Grospellier’s {Ad}{As} and Negreanu ran into Rousso’s full house to send the remaining players into the semi-finals as Williams, Oppenheim, Hellmuth and Negreanu all walked away with US$75,000.
It would be ‘old school’ on one side and Team PokerStars on the other with Farha drawing Seed and Grospellier drawing Rousso in round five action where each player was guaranteed US$125,000.
Rousso’s {7s}{7c} would stay ahead of Grospellier’s {Kc}{6c} as the 26 year-old would overturn yet another two-to-one chip disadvantage to proceed to the finals. Farha would join the remaining 61 players on the sidelines, unable to double his short stack as the Rousso versus Seed match for the final was set.
With a best-of-three format for the final and starting stacks of 640,000 and levels starting at 3,000-6,000, Rousso took the early lead before Seed wrestled it back to move to a three-to-one advantage before going one-up when he called the all-in of Rousso holding {Kd}{Jd} against her {Qd}{Jc} with the board running out Ace-high. After a fifteen-minute break the two were back at it with Rousso jumping out to an early start again before Seed took control eventually busting Rousso all-in on the turn with the board reading {8h}{3h}{Kd}{Ts}{5c} with Seed holding {Ks}{7h} and Rousso {Jd}{Tc} to see her walk away with US$250,000.
With that final hand Full Tilt's Huck Seed would be crowned 2009 NBC Heads-Up Champion after four previous close calls. With this title, and his win at the 2008 Canadian Open Poker Heads-Up Championship, Seed has cemented his status as one of the best heads-up players in the world!
On his way to being crowned Champion and pocketing the US$500,000 first prize Seed picked off Jonathan Little, Gus Hansen, Glen Chorny, Sam Farha and Vanessa Rousso to best the 64-player field and walk away with yet another title on his world-class poker CV.


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