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The Epic Venture

The Epic Venture

by Matt Matros |  Published: Nov 01, 2011


Unless you’ve been wearing your headphones for the past five months, you’re probably familiar with the Epic Poker League by now. If not, don’t worry, you’ll soon see Epic everywhere — most prominently in TV broadcasts on CBS and the new Velocity channel. The idea itself — creating an exclusive series of tournaments for only the best poker players — is not new. In fact, the World Poker Tour tried it seven years ago with the Professional Poker Tour (PPT). There are some distinct differences, however, between the two approaches. PPT events were freerolls, which meant relatively paltry payouts. Epic’s events cost a cool 20 grand American to enter, so the prize pools are plenty big enough to interest spectators. The PPT provided a $500,000 prize pool for each of five events in its only season, but Epic has actually promised even more money to its players. Epic is adding ...

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