YANG NOT RETURNING FOR NBC HEADS UP

Jerry Yang will not be returning to the NBC Heads up, it has been revealed today. Highlights from the list of 64 include former NFL running back Emmitt Smith, the recently unretired Peter Eastgate, Dan “jungleman12” Cates, and 2010 Card Player POY Thomas Marchese.

Players who cashed last year but won’t be returning include Jerry Yang, Jamie Gold, and Paul Wasicka. Wasicka won the event in 2007.

The buy-in for the single-elimination invitational tournament has increased from $20,000 to $25,000, resulting in a first-place prize of $750,000. Second place will take home $300,000 of the $1.8 million prize pool.