Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
Day 3 of the first-ever Epic Poker League Main Event has wrapped up after the elimination of Adam Levy in seventh place. Levy took a sick beat on the river after first sucking out on the flop with pocket queens versus Chino Rheem's pocket kings. When Rheem rivered a better full house, Levy was eliminated and the tournament was over for the day.
With Levy being sent to the rail, that leaves Rheem and five others; Gavin Smith, Jason Mercier, Hasan Habib, Huck Seed and Erik Seidel. There's certainly no shortage of superstar power at this final table and tomorrow is set to be a great day of poker.
When the day began, Sam Trickett led the final 18 as the only player with over one million in chips. Trickett was able to ride his stack out to an 11th-place finish after not being able to get much going on the day. On his final hand, Rheem busted Trickett with pocket nines. Trickett failed to get there holding two sevens. Justin Bonomo (18th), Hoyt Corkins (17th), Matt Glantz (14th) and Eugene Katchalov (8th) were a few of the other bust outs on the day en route to this first-ever EPL final table.
All six remaining players have locked up a minimum of $107,980 for their work so far. There's still plenty of poker to be played and tons of work to be done if one of these six want to become the very first EPL champion and take home that $1,000,000 first-place prize. When they return tomorrow, Habib will be the man to catch with 1.655 million in chips.
Final Table Lineup
Play will resume tomorrow at 2:00 PM PT here in Las Vegas at Palms Resort Casino. PokerNews will be right back in the building providing all the live updates from the final table and it's one that you surely won't want to miss. We'll see you back here then!
Chino Rheem opened the pot with a raise to 40,000 before Adam Levy moved all in, next to act, for about 400,000. Action folded back to Rheem who immediately made the call.
Levy was going to need some help to stay alive and found it on the flop. The crowd let out a roar when it was dealt but Levy was not out of the woods yet. He went over behind the dealer Phil Laak style, to get the first look at turn and river. The next card out was the and Levy was just a four-outter away with one card to come from doubling up. However, the binked the river and sent Levy to the rail as our 7th place finisher.
A class act, Levy immediately began shaking everyones hand before going to the rail to be consoled by friends.
From middle position, Jason Mercier raised to 32,000 and Hasan Habib decided to reraise from the cutoff to 70,000. Action folded back to Mercier and he made the call.
The flop was and Mercier checked. Habib fired out 70,000 which was good enough to take the pot.
Jason Mercier raised to 32,000 and got one caller, Erik Seidel from the small blind. The flop came down and both players checked. They also checked after the hit the turn. The landed on the river and Seidel bet 45,000. Mercier raised to 127,000 and Seidel paid him off.
Mercier showed the and Seidel mucked.
Chino Rheem raised to 40,000 preflop and Gavin Smith three-bet to 118,000. Action folded back to Rheem and he made the call.
The flop was and both players checked. The turn was the and Rheem led for 80,000 which was called by Smith. The river was the and Rheem fired again, this time for 134,000. Smith tanked for a bit before making the call.
While we didn't hear Rheem say anything or make any motions, it was clear to Smith that he didn't have anything and after a moment tabled his . Rheem stared at it for a few seconds before checking his cards and throwing them to the muck.
We're back and we will continue play for another 90 minutes or until one more player is eliminated and we have our official final table.
The players are now on a 15-minute break.
Jason Mercier has easily been the most active player at the the final table and he found himself in another pot, this time out of the big blind.
Hasan Habib raised to 31,000 from middle position and Gavin Smith called from the small blind. Mercier was in the big blind and three-bet to 92,000. Habib got out of the way but Smith decided to play.
The flop was and Smith checked the the preflop aggressor. Mercier decided to continue for 68,000 and Smith quickly let go of his hand.