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Top Pros Headline Epic Poker League Final Table

Final Six Playing For $1 Million First Place Prize


Erik SeidelBecause of its strict qualifying criteria, the final table of the EPL main event was predetermined to be stacked with notables, but after the final six were set on Thursday, no one could argue that this inaugural line up is anything short of epic.

Leading the way into Friday’s contest is Hasan Habib, who held steady throughout the day, finishing with 1,655,000 in chips. Unfortunately for him, he’ll have to contend with the red-hot Erik Seidel, who has already locked up $5.5 million this year and is looking to add yet another seven-figure score. He sits in fourth place overall with 1,109,000.

Continuing around the table is Chino Rheem, a pro who has a WPT title and November Nine appearance on his poker resume. Rheem has been the subject of controversy as of late after numerous poker pros came forward to acuse him of failing to pay back loans and welching on various prop bets. He’s already secured a six-figure payday so far, but will undoubtedly be accompanied at the payout cage by a number of poker pros should he win. He has 1,432,000 and sits in third place.

Jason MercierNext up is Gavin Smith, who has 766,000 and is in fifth place. Though Smith has a below average stack, he is still healthy with nearly 50 big blinds. He’ll have to overcome the aggressive players on his right, however and the hyper aggressive player on his left, Jason Mercier.

Mercier has also had an amazing year so far, winning roughly $1.1 million and his second career WSOP bracelet. The 24-year-old pro already has $6.8 million in career earnings, but could break into the top 25 of the all-time winnings list with a victory on Friday. He has 1,495,000 in chips.

Rounding out the table is Huck Seed with a short stack of 396,000. The 1996 WSOP main event champion has put together a solid month, especially at the video poker machines, where he hit a royal flush worth $670,000. He’ll need first place to top that amount.

The action begins at 2:00 p.m. PST and will continue until a champion is crowned. Be sure to check back for a full recap of the action.

Here is a look at those who made the money.

18. Justin Bonomo — $43,190
17. Hoyt Corkins — $43,190
16. Hafiz Khan — $43,190
15. Dan Fleyshman — $43,190
14. Matt Glantz — $43,190
13. Noah Schwartz — $43,190
12. Ted Lawson — $49,360
11. Sam Trickett — $49,360
10. Isaac Baron — $49,360
9. Brandon Meyers — $70,960
8. Eugene Katchalov — $70,960
7. Adam Levy — $70,960

*Images Courtesy of Epic Poker League