Live Poker Roundup: Epic Poker League & WPT Paris
By Matt Kaufman, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
EPL Crowns Second Champion
The Epic Poker League’s second Main Event played this week, drawing 97 entrants, a somewhat significant drop from the 137 that played their first Main Event. The 97 player field included many of the world’s best poker players, and the final table included several recognizable faces.
The winner of the event was Mike “Timex” McDonald, a young Canadian poker pro with tons of success both live and online. He took home $782,410 and the EPL Champion’s Ring.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that if one player was going to reach the final table of BOTH Epic Poker League Events, it would be Erik Seidel. Erik came in 2nd place in their first Main Event and finished 4th in this one. We would call his achievement “unbelievable,” but we are pretty sure no one is surprised.
The final table payouts were as follows:
- Mike McDonald – $782,410
- David Steicke – $506,260
- Fabrice Soulier – $299,160
- Erik Seidel – $184,100
- Nam Le – $126,570
- Isaac Baron – $92,050
- Sean Getzwiller – $69,040
- Dutch Boyd – $57,530
American Marches to WPT Paris Victory
The second major tournament to take place this week was the WPT’s Grand Prix de Paris. 312 players paid the €7,500 entry fee and five days later American Matt Waxman took down the first place prize of $729,886 (converted to USD).
Swedish poker pro Martin Jacobson also reached the final table but fell short of finally earning a major win. He came in 6th place in this event and can add the result to a long but impressive list of final tables that he has made without a victory (4 EPT final tables, 2 WSOP final tables, and now 2 WPT final tables).
Here are the final table results of the tournament:
- Matt Waxman – $729,886
- Hugo Lemaire – $442,645
- Frederic Magen – $299,834
- Byron Kaverman – $218,860
- Mikko Sundell – $187,597
- Martin Jacobson – $125,083