NBC National Heads-Up Championship 2012 Is Called Off

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2011. October 14.
<em>NBC </em>has announced that, due to the situation of poker in the US after Black Friday, the channel is not going to produce the next season of their overly popular poker show, the <em>National Heads-Up Poker Championship</em>.
The Senior Communications Manager of NBC Sports has recently confirmed that the 8th season of one of the most prestigious live heads-up poker shows, the NBC National Heads-Up Championship is called off. 64 of the world’s top poker pros and heads-up specialists have tried themselves in the invitational event; the trophies have gone to Phil Hellmuth, Ted Forrest, Paul Wasicka, Chris Ferguson, Huck Seed, Annie Duke and Erik Seidel so far.

NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

According to broadcast statistics, the Heads-Up Championship has been among the most popular poker shows of all time. The NBC calling it off regardless is unquestionably the result of Black Friday, since both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker has promoted the show and they also paid the $20,000 buy-in for their sponsored players.

Black Friday had a disastrous effect on shows the two rooms had been involved in in many ways; Poker After Dark (sponsored by FTP) and The Big Game (sponsored by PokerStars) have also been discontinued. Still, there is hope left for poker shows: ESPN signed an agreement expiring in 2017 with WSOP and the show is sponsored by Jack Link's Beef Jerky and GoDaddy.com.

The 2011 National Poker Heads-Up Championship final:




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