Mike McDonald Wins EPL Main Event #2Saturday, September 10th, 2011 by t2admin
Chino Rheem ended up winning the very 1st Epic Poker League main event and the $1M grand prize. This time the grand prize was under $1M, but it was still very big considering the small playing field. A total of 97 players ended up playing in the 2nd Epic Poker League main event and many big name stars came out to play. The final table this time was 8-handed and there was plenty of talent on the final table.
Mike McDonald ended up winning the main event this time around and he cashed for $782K. The final table wasn’t easy and McDonald played very good poker in order to secure the title. The action on the final table started out very quickly, as four players were eliminated real quickly from the tournament. Dutch Boyd, Sean Getzwiller, Isaac Baron and Nam Le were eliminated from the final table in short order.
David Steicke made it heads up against McDonald, but the battle didn’t last very long. It only took 23 hands for Mike to finish off David in the heads-up battle and claim the EPL Main Event #2 title. At one point McDonald was all-in with pocket sixes and they managed to hold up against David’s A/Q. Steicke tried making a moving with K/2, but his all-in was called by McDonald with A/4 and it held up.
Epic Poker League Main Event #2 Results
• 1st Place – Mike McDonald $782,410
• 2nd Place – David Steicke $506,260
• 3rd Place – Fabrice Soulier $299,160
• 4th Place – Erik Seidel $184,100
• 5th Place – Nam Le $126,570
• 6th Place – Isaac Baron $92,050
• 7th Place – Sean Getzwiller $69,040
• 8th Place – Dutch Boyd $57,530
Epic Poker League will be taking a bit of a break now, as the next event isn’t until December. If you’re going to be in Vegas this December make sure you try to qualify for the event through the Pro/Am satellite. The satellite will be running from December 9th – 12th and several players will win seats into the main event. The EPL Main Event #3 will be taking place from December 14th – 18th and it’ll be interesting to see if the promotion can break the 100 player milestone this winter.
The Pro/Am event costs $1500 and the main event costs $20K, but players aren’t allowed to just buy-in to the event like other live tournaments. The only way most poker players can play in one of the EPL Main Event’s is by winning a seat in the Pro/Am event that’s hosted before each main event.