Epic Poker League Now Hits European TVJanuary 13, 2012 1:21 pm
The Epic Poker League (EPL) began in August 2011, and got off to a shaky start after David “Chino” Rheem won the inaugural Main Event whilst owing fellow pros a bundle of cash, followed by Michael DiVita being disqualified from season 2 for being a registered sex offender.
Even poker’s unofficial spokesman Daniel Negreanu didn’t give the EPL much hope of survival, possibly due to his well-known dislike of EPL Commissioner Annie Duke, and commented at the time:
“I don’t think this league can succeed..I don’t believe this product will resonate with the public. I don’t think it’s possible to bring in enough revenue to survive.”
However, three Main Events later and with the next one due on February 9-12, the professional poker league continues to grow in prestige and stature. Further expanding its business, the EPL has now said it is a step closer to securing a global fan base after announcing a partnership with European poker broadcaster ‘The Poker Channel.’
Starting January 15th, the EPL will begin showing 70 hours of recorded EPL tournaments to around 30 million homes throughout Europe, and said they were
thrilled to be working with a quality broadcaster, who will help them reach an important new audience overseas.
Gaming Media Group Director of Business Development Chris White, The Poker Channel’s owners, seemed equally as pleased and after the deal was announced, commented:
“With the incredible success of Epic Poker League’s first three events and high quality production, they are a great partner for the Poker Channel. We’re proud to bring this unique format featuring the world’s best players to millions of Poker Channel viewers.”
The addition of the Epic Poker League would also seem a natural extension to the Poker Channel’s already comprehensive poker shows offering, which also includes High Stakes Poker, the World Series of Poker, the European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour