Just two events into the Epic Poker League…not so much.
After only bringing in 97 players to the weekend’s Pro-Am (down from the inaugural 190), the second Epic Poker League Main Event matched that tiny total, with 97 entrants ponying up the $20k buy-in.
Given the competition overseas from the well-attended WPT Paris (312 entrants) and WCOOP, some drop-off could be expected. But math math math 30% of the field is steep.
With the $400,000 overlay, the 97 entrants generated a first place prize of $762,410, down from the $1M inaugural haul.
However, a few big names who skipped the first event did attend #2, including Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan and David Williams.
A total of 50 survived Day 1. The chip leader after play wrapped was Pro-Am qualifier Jaime Kaplan with 324,600. He’s followed by Dan O’Brien with 321,400. In sixth overall is Event #1 winner Chino Rheem with 173,300.
Other notables remaining include but are certainly not limited to Erik Seidel (91,700), Mike Matusow (89,600), Phil Hellmuth (77,700), and Tom Dwan (63,800).
Get full chip counts here.
* Image from Epic Poker League.