By The Numbers: Epic Poker League Debut

The poker world is full of facts, figures, stats and records. With so many numbers being crunched day in and day out, sometimes it is tough to see what they all add up to. That is why BLUFF brings you some of the more interesting numbers related to the big tournaments, big stories, and big personalities in the poker world. Some are factual, some are fun, some are both. In this edition, we take a look at the opening event of the Epic Poker League by the numbers:

0 Dollars of his $1 million payday Chino Rheem allegedly got to keep.  According to fellow final tablist Huck Seed, Rheem used the entirety of his winnings (minus whatever money went to backers) to pay off some of his supposed debts.  After Rheem’s win, Seed Tweeted via @HuckleberrySeed, “Congrats again to  on a) bluffing me out of a key pot at the final table b) winning the epic poker league 1st event and c) paying out everything he won to make good on his debts .” Rheem retweeted Seed’s comments shortly after winning the event.

1 Number of League members who won entry into the $20,000 Main Event via the $1,500 buy-in Pro-Am Event.  There were 11 league members who were amongst the 29 Day 1 survivors, but only Andy Bloch managed to make the final nine and lock up a seat.

3 Number of women who took part in the $20,000 buy-in Main Event.  There are only eight women eligible to participate in the league.  Annie Duke, Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert, JJ Liu, Sandra Naujoks, Annette Obrestad, Vanessa Rousso, and Vanessa Selbst all met the requirements, but as League Commissioner, Duke is not eligible to play.  Of those women, only Selbst, Rousso, and Liu participated in the first event and none of them finished in the money.

9 Finishing position for Brandon Meyers in the Main Event.  It was the highest finish of the eight Pro/Am qualifiers in the tournament. Both Meyers and Dan Fleyshman finished in the money, but the Pro/Am runner-up outlasted Fleyshman to earn the honor of last “amateur” standing and $70,960.

51 Percentage of eligible players who took part in the opening event.  Of the 253 card-carrying members, 129 of them played in the first tournament along with eight Pro/Am qualifiers. The turnout from the European contingent was especially weak.  Chris Moorman, Martin Jacobson, and Sam Trickett, who finished 11th in the event, were three of the only European players to make the trip.

17,340 Number of dollars the in-the-money finishers agreed to take off of the second place payday in order to make the first place payout an even million dollars. When the players first say the payouts, many asked Tournament Director Matt Savage if a change could be made to boost the first place payday.  The league lived up to its “player’s first” moniker by allowing the top eighteen to vote on the matter.

23,180 Dollars earned by Steve O’Dwyer for winning the inaugural Epic Poker Pro/Am event.  O’Dwyer also earned a $20,000 seat into the Main Event, but with nearly 75% of the prize pool going to the nine guaranteed seats, there was not a lot of extra cash on the line in the event.

53,800 Dollars raised in the league’s first charity event.  The $200 buy-in event with rebuys drew nearly 100 runners.  The proceeds from the event went to Operation USA a non-profit organization with a wide variety of charitable projects.  The money from this event will be earmarked for rebuilding efforts in Joplin, Missouri, which was devastated by a tornado earlier this year.  League member Andy Frankenberger won the event and donated his $2,000 prize to the cause.

6,261,068 Dollars earned by Erik Seidel playing poker tournaments in 2011.  His more than $600,000 score in the Epic Poker Main Event pushed him past the $6 million mark in earnings this year.

45,001,280 Total combined earnings of the six final tablists in the Epic Poker Main Event.  The all-star line-up included four players with more than $5 million in lifetime earnings and everyone at the final table has more than $3 million in tournament scores on their poker resume.

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