Friday, May 25, 2012

EPIC POKER LEAGUE, series of poker tournaments begun in 2011 by Federated Sports + Gaming.





The Epic Poker League is a series of poker tournaments begun in 2011 by Federated Sports + Gaming. Former World Series of Poker commissioner Jeffrey Pollack will serve as Executive Chairman, professional poker player Annie Duke will serve as Commissioner, and Matt Savage will be Tournament Director. All events will take place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Season One will air on CBS and Velocity Network.
The League is exclusionary in that it is only open to poker players who have met certain qualification criteria for multi-million dollar lifetime earnings, multiple wins and/or cashes at high level tournaments, and maintain adherence to a specifically defined Code of Conduct.
On 29th February 2012, Federated Sports + Gaming announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Membership Card
According to league requirements, players can earn either a 5-year, 3-year, or 2-year membership in the League. Players must achieve a combination of minimum lifetime earnings (adjusted for inflation) plus a minimum number of titles (overall winner) in major tournaments plus a minimum number of cashes in major tournaments.


Membership Qualification, Minimum Requirements:


Length of
Membership
Adjusted Lifetime
Earnings
+ Major
Titles
+ Major
Cashes
5 year card$4,000,00039
3 year card$2,500,00019
2 year A card$2,000,00016
2 year B card$1,250,00009

Non-Member Participation

While Epic Poker League is exclusionary in that it is only open to poker players who have met certain qualification criteria, a series of qualifying events are marketed and publicized to the non-member general public, in an effort to draw increased tournament play to thePalms Poker Room. Each tournament series will begin with a Pro-Am tournament. In addition to the players who have a membership card, the final 9 finishers of each Pro-Am will win entry into that tournament's Main Event.
Code of Conduct Requirements
The Epic Poker League has set standards for conduct, dress, and behaviour. Conduct requirements stretch back to 2008 (but no further) when examining a request to obtain - or maintain - membership.
While David Rheem won the first event on August 12, 2011, his membership in the league was placed on probation one week later in light of chronic financial irresponsibility. League rules prohibit membership to any players in violation of state or federal law, as well as players demonstrating chronic financial irresponsibility.


On September 20, 2011, the Epic Poker League voted to suspend the membership of Howard Lederer (brother of league Commissioner Annie Duke) and deny membership to eligible member Chris Ferguson, after the U.S. Justice Department filed a motion to amend a civil complaint, alleging that the two players and other directors of the poker website Full Tilt Poker were running a Ponzi scheme that paid out $444 million of customer money to themselves and the firm's owners. The League will monitor the legal action to determine any future renewal of membership.
EPIC POKER: Tournament Series Three:$20,000 Mix Max No Limit Hold'em 


Tournament Series Three: $20,000 Mix Max No Limit Hold'em
  • 4-Day Event: December 14-17
  • Buy-in: $20,000
  • Number of Entries: 100
  • Total Prize Pool: $2,360,000
  • Number of Payouts: 12
  • Winning Hand: A 4
Final Table
PlaceNamePrize
1stChris Klodnicki$801,680
2ndAndrew Lichtenberger$514,480
3rdJoe Tehan$306,800
4thMichael Mizrachi$174,460
5thScott Clements$89,680
6thNoah Schwartz$89,680
7thJason Mercier$89,680
8thDavid Williams$89,680
EVENT Schedule
Season One of the Epic Poker League began in August 2011 with the first of four tournament series.
The season will culminate in a League Championship in February 2012, which will feature the top 27 money winners from the first four tournaments.

[edit]Tournament Series One: $20,000 6-Max No Limit Hold'em                                        

  • 4-Day Event: August 9-August 12
  • Buy-in: $20,000
  • Number of Entries: 137
  • Total Prize Pool: $3,140,000
  • Number of Payouts: 18
  • Winning Hand: A K
Final Table
PlaceNamePrize
1stDavid Rheem$1,000,000
2ndErik Seidel$604,330
3rdJason Mercier$360,970
4thHasan Habib$237,560
5thGavin Smith$154,260
6thHuck Seed$107,980
Tournament Series Two: $20,000 8-Max No Limit Hold'em
  • 4-Day Event: September 6-9
  • Buy-in: $20,000
  • Number of Entries: 97
  • Total Prize Pool: $2,301,200
  • Number of Payouts: 12
  • Winning Hand: A 4
Final Table
PlaceNamePrize
1stMike McDonald$782,410
2ndDavid Steicke$506,260
3rdFabrice Soulier$299,160
4thErik Seidel$184,100
5thNam Le$126,570
6thIsaac Baron$92,050
7thSean Getzwiller$69,040
8thDutch Boyd$57,530