The Epic Poker League was born out of a yearning of professional players to have their own league, similar to the other major sports in the world. The NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL were all gaining spotlight time on television, and poker was being put on the back-burner.
That is something organizers wanted to change, and they started to do so when they began the Epic Poker League. The first event was attended by well over 100 of the best players in the world. The second tournament, however, had less than 100 players show up, but that did not mean that the quality of play was any worse.
The top names in the game, including Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, and Huck Seed were all in the field. The players were competing for the first place prize money, which totaled over $700,000. Play has continued throughout the week, and by Thursday afternoon, the participants left in the tournament had dwindled to fifteen.
Among the players still alive is Seidel, who has plenty of poker stories to tell the other players remaining. Seidel is on table two, with only six other players, while eight players remain on table one. Play will continue until a final table of eight is reached. The current chip leader is David Paul Steicke, with over 760,000 chips.
Only one day remains in the tournament, as players will break on Thursday once the final table is reached, and then reconvene at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Friday to play for the first place prize money. All of the players that make it to the final table will be rewarded with at least $50,000. The top twelve finishers will all be in the money.
The World Series of Poker remains the top poker event in the world, but the Epic Poker League gives players something to look forward to on a regular basis. The WSOP takes place over only a three month period in the summer, while the Epic Poker League is spread out through the rest of the year.