First there was the “exclusive” Federated Sports and Gaming, then it was expanded to allow more players in, and then the event dates were changed because the players it allowed in wanted to play elsewhere, and now anybody can join in the fun!
According to chief operating officer Jeffrey Grosman, the “Epic Poker league” (they changed their name as well) promises to be “no ordinary tournament league (as) our fields will be some of the toughest in poker history”. He also expects the competition will be nothing less than epic with a tournament name “that could live up to the players’ incredible skill and talent”.
However, the Palms Casino in Las Vegas – the host for the first leg of the “Epic” poker league (Yes! We got the parentheses in the right place!) – is hosting satellites to the $1,500 buy-in Pro-Am Event from as little as $40.00. The Pro-Am Event offers nine wildcard seats for the $20,000 Main Event, so where is the difference between the “Epic” poker league and Chris Moneymaker´s victory in the 2003 WSOP Main Event (Chris qualified through a PokerStars $39.00 satellite and scooped $2.5 million)?
Federated Sports and Gaming commissioner Annie Duke gave away the answer to that question when she was quoted as saying “for a $40 investment, anyone can have a shot at the glory on a national stage, a million dollars and poker’s most exclusive title” before adding that this “ opportunity is unmatched in poker”. So for $40.00, you can win two fifths of what Chris Moneymaker did when he beat the world´s greatest players and captured poker´s most exclusive title. Hmmm!
Sorry Annie, but your rhetoric gives us the impression that the “Everybody´s Poker League” (we think that is what the eventual name will be) is looking ahead to the day on which the players who pledged their support have long gone once the gloss is removed from your admirable PR. There is no room for another WSOP in a hectic international live poker schedule, and your attempts at creating an elitist world championship already appear doomed to failure.
Having said that, we wish all the UK Poker Players invited to compete in the EPL the very best of luck!