Inaugural Epic Poker League Event Starts Today

Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

At long last the Epic Poker League is finally set to make its debut at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas later today.

As one of the only new high-profile tours in years, the EPL has received its share of buzz since its announcement in early 2011

Headed by former WSOP commissioner Jeffrey Pollack and noted poker pro Annie Duke, the EPL has a structure similar to the PGA golf tour with only select players invited to the $20,000 buy-in main event tournaments.

It is possible for amateur players to qualify for the main event through the EPL Pro/Am tournaments, however.

The league kicks off at 12:00 p.m. today with a $1,500 Pro/Am event where the first $180,000 in the prizepool will go towards giving the top nine players seats into the $20,000 invite-only main event.

If the event generates a prizepool larger than $180k then the rest of the cash will be awarded to the top of the field.

The first Epic Poker League invite-only No-Limit Hold'em $20k buy-in 6-Max Main Event will take place Aug. 9.

There will be no rake taken from the tournament and Federated Sports + Gaming will add $400,000 to the prizepool.

Back in May the Epic Poker League announced an initial list of 218 poker pros who qualified for the first event.

The minimum requirements for the list were $1.25 million in adjusted lifetime earnings with no more than $750,000 coming from one win and at least nine cashes since 2008.

Poker pros Antonio Esfandiari, Ben Lamb, Mike Matusow and Gavin Smith have already confirmed their intentions to play the tournament.

Renowned tournament director Matt Savage has developed the structure and will be in charge of running the event.

The EPL also recently announced it has agreed to a 20-hour TV deal with CBS and the new Velocity Network.

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