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Demise Of Epic Poker Highlighted By Lack Of Players, Big Purses, Expedited Growth
Published March 12, 2012
WRITING ON THE WALL: Stutz wrote Epic Poker “had early promise.” The idea was to “attract widely known professionals who would earn their player card to compete, similar to players on golf's PGA Tour.” Poker blogs and websites “have done a good job covering Epic Poker's downfall, especially WickedChops.com, which reported in January that Pinnacle was negotiating to buy the league.” But poker “wasn't ready for another league or high profile tournament.” Following the federal government crackdown on Internet poker a year ago, which “sent players to live poker rooms, the Epic Poker League couldn't catch a buzz.” Stutz wrote “much of the credit for the World Series of Poker's growth” goes to former WSOP Commissioner and Epic Poker founder Jeffrey Pollack. Pollack “turned the individual event championship bracelet into a highly desired trophy.” Stutz: “Sadly, Pollack couldn't work the same magic" with Epic Poker (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 3/11).