Chis Klodnicki Wins EPL Series ThreeDecember 20, 2011 2:17 pm
Chris Klodnicki has won the Epic Poker League (EPL) Series Three, after defeating a field of 100 players over five days to lift the title, and collect the $801,680 first place prize.
The $20,000 buy-in mix-max main event took place at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, and created a prize pool worth $2,360,000. The format of the competition also saw the eight player tables eventually reduced to as few as four seats by the later stages of the tournament until a final table of five was reached.
First to exit was a short-stacked Scott Clements in 5th ($89,680), followed a while later by Michael Mizrachi in 4th ($174,640) who pushed his short-stack with A-3 into Joe Tehan’s Kh-6h.
Despite winning the hand, Joe Tehan confessed to not being happy with his general level of play and wrote via twitter:
“I’m very upset about a hand I just recently played vs. chewey. Not too happy with my play so far, but still lots of poker to come!”
Unfortunately for Tehan, he was dealt Ad-7c and called a four bet all-in from Klodnicki (9-9), with the board then falling K-5-4-7-3. Tehan was thus eliminated in 3rd and collected $306,800 for his efforts.
The heads-up between Andrew Lichtenberger and Chris Klodnicki was a best of three battle with the players taking their starting stacks into the first two heads-ups.
As the heads-up play commenced, Klodnicki had more than a 2-1 chip advantage over his opponent, and took the first match after being dealt pocket kings to Lichtenberger’s Jc-9c with the flop falling 8c-4c-4d. Lichtenberger failed to complete his flush and so went one match behind.
Sixty hands into match two and the tournament was decided after Klodnicki was dealt Ad-4d to Lichtenberger’s A-K with the board subsequently running out 8c-7d-3d-4c-2c. Andrew Lichtenberger then received $514,480 for his runner-up finish while Chis Klodnicki added $801,680 to his life time earnings, which now stands at more than $2.8 million.