Jamie Kaplan leads 51 survivors of Epic Poker League Day 1

Jamie Kaplan leads 51 survivors of Epic Poker League Day 1

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

The second Epic Poker League $20,000 Main Event kicked off yesterday with a reduced field, a tweaked structure, eight instead of six to a table but still a collection of the best players in the world. The PokerStars WCOOP and European events in September doubtless hit the attendance but regardless, 97 players signed up to create a prize pool of almost $2m.

Jamie Kaplan leads the 51 survivors into Day 2 having built up his 50,000 starting stack into 324,000 by the conclusion of Day 1. Pro/Am qualifiers Phil Hellmuth, Nam Le, winner Greg Mueller and bracelet-winner Sean Getzwiller all made it through to Day 2 on their $1,500 qualification.

Joining Kaplan at the top of the chip counts are some big names – Dan O’Brien (321,400), Alec Torelli (231,500), Mike “timex” McDonald (199,600), EPL #1 champion Chino Rheem (173,300) and Allen Bari (121,000). Join us tomorrow for the Day 2 news from the Palms and the Epic Poker League Event #2.

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Tags: Epic Poker League, Alec Torelli, Mike McDonald, Chino Rheem, Allen Bari