Steicke, Seidel in Control at Epic Main Event

Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel

Australian David Steicke has the chip lead heading into the final table at the EPL 8-Max Main Event but he’s got a giant obstacle to hurdle on his way to the title – Erik Seidel.

Showing his dominance in big buy-in tournaments yet again, Seidel ran the table most of the day and now sits at just over a million in chips thanks in large part to winning a huge pot at the end of the day in a boat-over-boat confrontation with Mike McDonald.

At 1,031,000, Seidel sits only a few thousand back of Steicke (1,059,000) and in second place as they head into final-table play today at the Palms in Las Vegas.

Steicke, an Australian who now lives in Hong Kong, has his own record of big buy-in dominance, however, and has made his mark in high-roller events around the world, highlighted by a win at the $100,000 challenge at the Aussie Millions in 2009 for $852,442.

While Steicke and Seidel have the advantage coming in, filling out the final six places at the second-ever EPL Main Event final table is some of the best talent in tournament poker.

Third in chips is Isaac Baron (857,000), who most know as westmenloAA online.

Baron has more than $2 million in live tournament earnings on top of his dozens of big scores online and is one of the best players of his generation.

At a bigger chip disadvantage, but rounding out the final table are :

  • 2011 WSOP $10k HORSE champ Fabrice Soulier (537,000)
  • Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Dutch Boyd (393,000)
  • Poker circuit veteran and former WPT Bay 101 champ Nam Le (362,000)
  • 2011 WSOP $1k No-Limit Hold’em bracelet winner Sean Getzwiller (357,000)
  • 2008 EPT Dortmund winner Mike “Timex” McDonald (357,000)

Bubbling the final table for the second straight event was Adam “Roothlus” Levy.

Levy finished seventh in the first EPL six-handed main event last month, but combined with his ninth-place finish here he may have already secured himself a spot in the season-ending $1 million freeroll for the top 27 players.

Also falling just short of the final table were Amit Mahkija, Tim West and Matt Glantz, who each earned $46,020.

Allen Bari was the true bubble boy, finishing in twelfth and shut out of the money.

Final-table play starts at 4 p.m. at the Palms. Follow the live coverage on the .

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