Epic Pro/Am Qualifies Nine for First Main Event

Annie Duke makes opening announcement
EPL Commissioner Annie Duke gets things started in Las Vegas.

The first ever Epic Poker League Pro/Am is almost over and nine players have won seats to the inaugural $20k EPL Main Event in Las Vegas.

Six players remain but since the top nine finishers all receive main event seats, the bulk of this prize pool has already been decided.

Along with the $20k main event packages, cash prizes were up for grabs for the top 18 spots. The cash payouts began at $1,590 and end with the $23,819 reserved for first place.

Here are the chip counts for the remaining six players.

1 Steve O’Dwyer 562,000
2 Andy Bloch 420,000
3 Clifford Waite 272,000
4 Brandon Meyers 258,000
5 Jeremiah DeGreef 231,000
6 Micah Raskin 158,000

Also earning main event seats were Brian Rast, Sean Getzwiller and George Luong, who finished seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

Busting in the money but short of the main event seats were big names like Eli Elezra (18th), Mike Matusow (17th) and Vanessa Selbst (12th).

A total of 190 players entered the Pro/Am, 68 of whom were card-carrying league members. By the time the field was cut down to 15 players, just three league members were still alive.

Andy Bloch was the only league member to earn a $20,000 main event seat.

The Pro/Am component of the Epic Poker model is designed to give players who didn’t qualify for a card in the league a chance to get themselves into one of the $20,000 main events, as well as providing an affordable way for amateurs to play in big buy-in majors.

The first ever $20,000 Epic Poker League main event begins tomorrow at the Palms in Las Vegas and you can get daily updates right here on PokerListings.com.

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