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Mueller Wins, Hellmuth Scores in Epic Pro/Am
Nine players including Greg “FBT” Mueller and Phil Hellmuth have earned their $20k seats into the upcoming Epic Poker League main event via the $1,500 Pro/Am.
Just 97 players entered the second-ever EPL Pro/Am at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas over the weekend, down from 190 runners for the first event last month.
Of those 97 payers, though, the caliber was high as expected with big name pros like Mueller, Hellmuth, Gavin Smith, Erik Seidel, Huck Seed and Carlos Mortenson all sitting down to play.
By the end of three days of play nine players had qualified for their $20k seats into the next Epic Poker League 8-Max main event, set to start tomorrow at noon at the Palms.
Along with Mueller and Hellmuth, Nam Le, Michael DiVita, Russell Rosenblum, Sean Getzwiller, Brandon Meyers, Jeremy Ausmus and Norwegian high-roller Andreas Hoivold also earned seats.
Because of the small turnout, the EPL had an overlay to cover just to meet the seat requirement and no extra cash was in the prize pool this time.
Play was originally scheduled to be stopped when they reached the final nine but by request they carried the tournament out to the finish so players could earn Global Poker Index points.
Levels were cut down to just five minutes to speed the process with Mueller ultimately beating Le heads-up for the title and Hellmuth finishing third.
This is the second time Meyers and Getzwiller have earned main event seats via the Pro/Am, both doing it in the very first EPL event last month.
Meyers then went on to take ninth and earn over $70k in the main event.
Former November Niner Chino Rheem won the first-ever EPL main event, winning $1 million but actually keeping $0 after paying back his backers and creditors.
Rheem is currently on probation with the EPL because of his ongoing debts within the poker community.