Rheem Takes First-Ever EPL Main Event Title


Former November Niner Chino Rheem has won the first-ever Epic Poker League Main Event, defeating Erik Seidel heads-up to take the $1 million first-place prize.

Rheem had to defeat one of the toughest final tables in poker history as the final six included not only poker legend Seidel but noted pros Jason Mercier, Huck Seed, Hasan Habib and Gavin Smith.

Combined, the six had over $44 million in live poker tournament earnings coming in to the final table.

1996 WSOP Main Event Champ Seed was the short-stack coming in and was the first to be eliminated when his jacks were outraced by Mercier's AK.

Smith and Habib followed in fifth and fourth, respectively, leaving Rheem, Mercier and Seidel to battle it out three-handed.

Eventually Mercier lost a big flip to Seidel to get short and was eliminated shortly after.

Seidel and Rheem battled fairly evenly through heads-up play before the money eventually went in with Rheem's AK dominating Seidel's AQ.

Rheem held and scooped the prestigious first-ever EPL Main Event title and the $1 million.

The timing couldn't be better for Rheem as he's been under fire lately for several supposed unpaid debts with poker players including Tom Dwan, Joseph Cheong, Will Molson and others.

The final six and their payouts:

1. Chino Rheem $1,000,000

2. Erik Seidel $604,330

3. Jason Mercier $360,970

4. Hasan Habib $237,560

5. Gavin Smith $154,260

6. Huck Seed $107,980

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