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PostSubject: The Epic Poker League   Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:09 pm

The Epic Poker League

Huge Success!!!



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At first, Palms President George Maloof wasn't completely sold on the Epic Poker League.

He's glad he changed his mind.


Up to 240 of the world's best poker players are invading the off-Strip casino this week for the first of four Epic Poker League events scheduled through January. When you count the hundreds of amateur players taking part in the Pro/Am event and the legions of poker fans checking out the action, Maloof figures the payoff will be found in the Palms drop boxes and slot machines.

"We set up a bunch of live poker tables outside of the (tournament) room for that purpose," Maloof said. "We're hoping this helps boost casino play."


He needs to look no farther than just down West Flamingo Road at the Rio to see what a popular poker tournament could mean for business. During the six weeks in June and July the World Series of Poker takes over the Rio's convention area, the Caesars Entertainment-owned casino traditionally experiences a huge jump in revenues.

That's what Maloof is banking on for the Palms during the Epic Poker League's events. The casino isn't taking a rake -- a percentage of every wager -- nor is Maloof charging the upstart tournament an exorbitant cost for use of the convention space where the tournament is housed.

Maloof is hoping the Palms makes its money back by being the center of the poker world for a few days each month, increased casino traffic, and exposure through the Epic Poker League's television deal with the CBS Television Network and Discovery Communications.

The Epic Poker League is the type of event Maloof has brought to the Palms to help with publicity and exposure. The effort began with the filming of MTV's "The Real World: Las Vegas" in 2002 which placed the Palms on the pop culture map. The casino was also the home base for the NBA All-Star Game in 2007 and for the NHL Awards program over the past three years.

The Palms hosted the first five seasons of "Celebrity Poker Showdown" on the Bravo Network, but the production got a tad expensive.

This time, the Palms' poker venture includes two of the game's best-known names: Jeffrey Pollack, whose Los Angeles-based Federated Sports + Entertainment owns the Epic Poker League, and Annie Duke, who is the league's commissioner.
Source : Las vegas review Journal



Each of the Epic Poker League's events will have a $20,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Main Event. The inaugural Main Event runs Monday through Friday.

The league's top 27 players, based on the tournament's scoring and rating system, will meet in February for a $1 million entry-free championship event.



The Epic Poker League’s first ever main event started on Tuesday August 9th 2011 with 137 players. The $20,000 buy-in six-handed tournament raised some concerns among the poker community, particularly because of it’s August launch in Las Vegas right after a long WSOP, but the skepticism subsided when over half of the leauge’s 260 qualifiers showed up to play at the Palms Casino.

There was no rake and $400,000 added by Federated Sports and Gaming, the first EPL main event prize pool was able to exceed $3.1 million, with $982,660 going to the eventual winner.



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PostSubject: Re: The Epic Poker League   Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:15 pm

First of the events to kick of the league was the Pro/Am

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Steve O’Dwyer, a 29-year old professional poker player from Doylestown, Pennsylvania now living in Las Vegas, won the first Epic Poker Pro/Am at the Palms Casino Resort today, triumphing at a televised final table presented for national television by Heartland Poker Tour. Out of 190 starters on Friday and Saturday, the final 6 players (in addition to the 9th, 8th, and 7th place finishers on Sunday night) already won $20,000 seats into Epic’s Main Event Tuesday. At the final table, the 6 remaining players played for cash and the honor of winning the inaugural Epic Poker Pro/Am.

Steve, the chip leader entering the final table, is ranked $129th in the Global Poker Index and earned over $1 million in tournament poker. His career highlight, before this week, was winning the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’Em event at the Bellagio Cup just last month, worth nearly $260,000.

The diversity of personalities and backgrounds of the final table players showed the quality of the field and of poker talent in general. Andy Bloch, an Epic Poker member with $4.5 million in career earnings, sat opposite Clifford Waite, a retired truck driver who cashed 4 times on HPT, made an HPT final table, and won his way into the Pro/Am by a satellite at the Palms.

In fact, 40 Palms satellite entrants outplayed 68 Epic Poker League members in the Pro/Am. George Long, who finished in 8th place, won his way into the Pro/Am in a $180 satellite, and will join Waite at the Epic Main Event. Bloch, in contrast, is the only Epic Poker League member to win his Main Event seat or make the final table.

The other 4 players at the final table represented the deep well of professional poker talent. Micah Raskin, Brandon Meyers, Steve O’Dwyer, and Jeremiah DeGreef have all cashed for 6-figures in big tournaments and aspire eventually to earn Epic 2-, 3-, or 5-year cards.

This is the order of the other finishers:

6th Place ($20,000 Main Event seat plus $2,780) - Micah Raskin

Micah lives on Long Island and splits his time between his direct marketing & software company and poker. He has earned nearly $1 million in his poker career, including over $320,000 for winning a tournament at the Borgata in Atlantic City and $117,000 for finishing 4th in the World Series of Poker Circuit Regional Championship at Harrah’s Atlantic City last December. Raskin recognized that, as the short stack at the final table, “I’ll have to pick my spots and look for the first double up.” He comes from a family of talented musical artists and sings in the New York area rock-and-roll cover band Backseat Betty. Today is also his 43rd birthday.

5th Place ($20,000 Main Event seat plus $3,570) – Jeremiah DeGreef

Salt Lake City, Utah pro DeGreef describes himself as “an unemployed internet poker player now looking for a job.” The 29-year-old added, “I’m looking for something that pays a lot of money and allows me to sit at home in my underwear.” He has won nearly $400,000 in live tournaments since 2009, before which his previous employer, the U.S. Army likely did not let him sit at home in his underwear. He worked in the Army as a translator.

4th Place ($20,000 Main Event seat plus $5,160) – Clifford Waite

Waite, 51, from Grand Junction, Colorado, entered a $180 satellite at the Palms and defeated Epic Poker pro J.J. Liu heads-up to win his entry to the Pro/Am, then played and won cash in another satellite. “I’m freerolling,” said Waite, who went on to finish 4th place. He earned $5,160 in addition to the $20,000 Main Event seat. He went out with jack-nine, putting in all his chips after the flop of queen-jack-nine made him two pair. Unfortunately, Steve O’Dwyer had queen-nine for a higher two pair.

“I’m representing HPT today,” said Waite, one of the grass-roots tour’s loyal players to make an attempt at the inaugural event. “I’m excited about the merger of Epic Poker and HPT.”

3rd Place ($20,000 Main Event seat plus $7,540) – Andy Bloch

Andy, a 42-year old Las Vegas resident, is one of the world’s best known, most respected, and most admired poker players. Before becoming a professional poker player, he received a pair of engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a law degree from Harvard. He became a member of the infamous MIT Blackjack Team and was its Las Vegas manager. He has earned $4.5 million in live poker tournaments and TV events and devoted his name, time, and money to numerous good causes.

Runner-up ($20,000 Main Event seat plus $11,900) – Brandon Meyers

Brandon, 28, a professional poker player from Minneapolis, Minnesota and now living in Henderson, Nevada, for finishing second earned, in addition to his Main Event seat, $11,900. Brandon has over $2 million in live and online tournament poker earnings and is enjoying his best year as a poker professional. At the 2011 World Series of Poker, on June 30 he finished 4th in the $2,500 Mixed Hold’Em event. Twelve days later, he finished 4th again, this time in the $10,000 Bellagio Cup Main Event. The pair of final-table finishes earned Meyers over $240,000.

All of today’s final table players will join the members of Epic Poker League for its first Main Event tomorrow. These 6 competitors and the final 3 finishers on Sunday won their $20,000 buy-in and, more important (other than Andy Bloch, who is already a League member), the right to enter. Other than the 9 Pro/Am winners, only holders of Epic Poker’s 2-, 3-, and 5-year cards are eligible to play.





Source : http://www.epicpoker.com/news/blog-pages/2011/08/event-one-pro-am-event-finished.aspx

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PostSubject: Epic Poker League Main Event   Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:19 pm





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Sixty-three players return to action at noon in the Palms Ballroom today for Day 2 of Epic Poker’s 6-Max Main Event. The small, elite field has created some fascinating table dynamics – conceivably, all 11 tables could serve as a seminar in short-handed poker – and Tournament Director Matt Savage’s structure will play at least a supporting role in what promises to be an exciting day. Blinds start at 600-1,200 and antes at 200 at Level 7. They will play down to the money, the final 18 players, tonight.



Epic Poker League Updates:

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Esfandiari Plans a Visit to Shorr
Chatter at Table 2 has been ongoing for the better part of the level, primarily between Shannon Shorr and Antonio Esfandiari. It started with Esfandiari finding out that Shorr lives in Alabama. And a casual offer/threat from Esfandiari about visiting turned into more of a challenge.

Esfandiari wondered how many nights in a row Shorr could tolerate Esfandiari's company, and they seemed to settle on one week.

It is unclear whether Shorr believes his visitor will show up, but Esfandiari seems fairly set on making the trip, even telling spectator (and Epic Poker commentator) Ali Nejad of his intentions.



August 10, 2011 / Level 8: 800 / 1,600, Ante: 200/ Topics: Shannon Shorr, Antonio Esfandiari, Epic Poker League






Laak out - On a board of 9726, Phil Laak moves all-in with J8 and the flush. Justin Bonomo calls with 66 for the set of sixes, but with the reveal of the 7 on the river, the full house bested Laak's flush.

Phil Laak was eliminated from the event.


August 10, 2011 / Level 7: 600 / 1,200, Ante: 200/ Topics: Phil Laak, Justin Bonomo, Epic Poker League







Daniel O'Brien is UTG and Vanessa Selbst is in the big blind. After the board produced K988J, O'Brien makes a 17,600 bet, and Selbst hesitated but mucks. O'Brien shows AA, and Selbst says, "Glad I didn't check-raise the flop."

Selbst ends the hand with 67,000 chips, and O'Brien is up to 207,000.





August 10, 2011 / Level 7: 600 / 1,200, Ante: 200/ Topics: Vanessa Selbst, Daniel O'Brien, Epic Poker League




Source : http://www.epicpoker.com/poker/tournaments/seasons/season-one/event-one/main-event/live-updates.aspx?p=2#tabs

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PostSubject: Going into Day 2   Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:19 pm

Antonio Esfandiari and Noah Schwartz round out the rest of the top five. The action will resume Wednesday at noon and the field is expected to get close to the money bubble at 18 players.

Here is a look at the top 15 chip counts.

1. Eugene Katchalov — 356,300
2. Ben Lamb — 287,200
3. Brian Rast — 260,500
4. Antonio Esfandiari — 248,100
5. Noah Schwartz — 220,200
6. McLean Karr — 191,800
7. Hoyt Corkins — 187,400
8. Isaac Baron — 167,700
9. Dan O’Brien — 163,300
10. Erik Seidel — 161,200
11. Gavin Smith — 161,000
12. Shawn Buchanan — 155,700
13. Justin Young — 154,200
14. John Racener — 153,600
15. Dan Fleyshman — 152,200


Source : http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/11827-inaugural-epic-poker-legue-main-event-draws-137-players

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PostSubject: Chino Rheem, your first ever Epic Poker League Main Event Champion!!!   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:29 pm

Chino Rheem, your first ever Epic Poker League Main Event Champion!!!

Winning $1 Million @ the Palms!!!

Congrats Chino and everyone else that made the Epic Poker League a huge success!!!

Rheem crushed the sickest final table line-up, one you rarely see.

Erik Seidel has been running so hott this past year winning over $4 Million!! Jason Mercier is a great player and running great as well. Hasan Habib has been absent from the poker spotlight for sometime now and it was nice to see him back at a big final table. Same with Gavin Smith, seems like he has been absent from the poker spotlight and it was nice to see him at a big final table. Huck Seed always plays well and has been running pretty good also. Congrats to all the made the final table, Congrats to Erik Seidel for continuing your sick heater and Congrats to Chino Rheem for Winning the first ever Epic Poker League Main Event and picking up a cool Million Dollars!!!


The Final Results were :

1. Chino Rheem : $1,000,000
2. Erik Seidel : $604,330
3. Jason Mercier : $360,970
4. Hasan Habib : $237,560
5. Gavin Smith : $154,260
6. Huck Seed : $107,980

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PostSubject: Annie Duke and the Final Table of the Epic Poker League Main Event   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:31 pm

Annie Duke and the Final Table of the Epic Poker League Main Event










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PostSubject: Huck Seed Eliminated   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:33 pm

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Huck Seed Eliminated




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PostSubject: Jason and Huck shake hands   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:33 pm

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PostSubject: Gavin Smith Eliminated   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:34 pm

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PostSubject: Jason and Gavin hug it out   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:35 pm

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PostSubject: Hasan and Chino CHop it up   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:36 pm

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PostSubject: Re: The Epic Poker League   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:39 pm




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PostSubject: Jason Celebrates with his rail   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:41 pm

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PostSubject: Jason Mercier Eliminated in 3rd Place   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:43 pm

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PostSubject: Chino and Erick Heads up for the Epic Poker League Main Event title and $1Million   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:43 pm

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PostSubject: Chino rheem wins the first ever EPL Main Event and $1 Million!!!   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:45 pm

Chino rheem wins the first ever EPL Main Event and $1 Million!!!






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