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Trickett Leads Final 18 on Epic Poker Day 3
The inaugural $20,000 Epic Poker League main event is down to 18 and high-roller specialist Sam Trickett is in the lead heading into Day 3.
Trickett, who has almost $4.7 million in live tournament earnings, has enjoyed massive success in big buy-in poker tournaments around the world, most recently winning the $100,000 buy-in event at the 2011 Aussie Millions.
Trickett is leading a stacked field of big name pros headlined by eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, phenom Jason Mercier and 1996 Main Event champion Huck Seed.
Each of the final 18 is guaranteed a spot in the money and a minimum of $43,190. An even $1 million is waiting for the eventual winner, thanks to a decision made by players yesterday to move $17,340 from second place to round out the first place prize.
Day 2 came to a close with the elimination of Matt Graham who bubbled this event in 19th place. Graham, who qualified for the EPL thanks in large part to his two WSOP bracelet wins, was knocked out by Chino Rheem in a pre-flop all-in confrontation.
Graham got it in good with pocket jacks against K♣ J♣ but failed to make it hold up.
When Day 2 began 63 players remained and three of the best players in the world were in the lead. Of the trio, only start of day chip leader Eugene Katchalov made it into the money.
2011 WSOP bracelet winner and November Niner Ben Lamb started the afternoon in second place but couldn’t get through to Day 3. Lamb lost a big all-in flip against Katchalov to bust.
Two-time 2011 bracelet winner Brian Rast began in third place but went broke towards the end of the day in a massive hand against Jason Mercier. In a four-bet pot Mercier flopped a set and turned a boat. Rast was the one to move in on the turn only to see his naked flush draw was in fact drawing stone dead.
Also through to Day 3 are Pro/Am qualifiers Dan Fleyshman and Brandon Meyers.
Play continues today as the remaining 18 players fight for a spot at one of the most star-studded final tables in poker tournament history.
Here are the official chip counts for the final 18:
- 1 - Sam Trickett - 1,032,000
- 2 - Hasan Habib - 646,000
- 3 - Isaac Baron - 637,500
- 4 - Erik Seidel - 609,000
- 5 - Adam Levy - 587,000
- 6 - Jason Mercier - 535,500
- 7 - Matthew Glantz - 453,000
- 8 - Eugene Katchalov - 418,000
- 9 - David "Chino" Rheen - 408,000
- 10 - Gavin Smith - 357,500
- 11 - Noah Schwartz - 259,500
- 12 - Hoyt Corkins - 252,500
- 13 - Ted Lawson - 200,000
- 14 - Hafiz Khan - 144,000
- 15 - Brandon Meyers - 109,500
- 16 - Huck Seed - 93,500
- 17 - Dan Fleyshman - 82,500
- 18 - Justin Bonomo - 42,000