By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
After months of planning, the Epic Poker League finally got its feet off the ground with the first of their four tournament series. Held at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, the Main Event drew 137 of the top professional poker players from around the world.
Friday night the six-handed final table played down to a champion, and even though the hottest player of 2011 was at the table, it was David 'Chino' Rheem who walked away with the $1 million first place money and the first EPL championship ring.
Erik Seidel is having the best year of his poker career in 2011, and he added over $600K to his bankroll with his runner-up finish to Rheem. After battling heads-up for over an hour, Seidel found himself dominated with all of his chips in the middle when his A-Q didn’t improve against Rheem’s A-K.
The first event of the EPL turned out to be a success, despite the hand-wringing of league officials in the days leading up to it. The charity event raised $53,000 which will be headed to Joplin, Missouri to aid victims of the tornado that devastated the town earlier this year.
1st – David 'Chino' Rheem - $1,000,000
2nd – Erik Seidel - $604,330
3rd – Jason Mercier - $360,970
4th – Hasan Habib - $237,560
5th – Gavin Smith - $154,260
6th – Huck Seed - $107,980
The next event on the Epic Poker League schedule will be September 2-5 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
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