The 2013 WPT World Championship main event ($25,000) concluded early Saturday morning with David "Chino" Rheem, who entered the final table with a big lead, defeating Erik Lindgren heads-up for an incredible first prize of $1,150,297. It was Rheem's second World Poker Tour title (His first victory came at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Season VII) and now he has over $7 million in live tournament winnings.
Final Table Results: 1: Chino Rheem - $1,150,297 2: Erick Lindgren - $650,275 3: Jonathan Roy - $421,800 4: Matt Hyman - $289,988 5: Brandon Steven - $223,203 6: David Peters - $173,993
The American poker pro David "Chino" Rheem became a part of history when he won the first ever Epic Poker League Main Event last week and took home $1 million, thus taking his career earning to impressive $5,37 million. But the notable win quickly fell into the shade of the "news" that Rheem owes a lot of money to different poker players. Yesterday, the Epic Poker League crew sent out a press release where they write that Rheem has violated their rules of behavior - even though his gambling debts arose before the league started.
In the press release one can also read that EPL has formed a behavior committee that will monitor Rheem and make sure that he pays off his debts with tournament and cash game winnings - regardless from which part of the world the winnings come from. The monitoring will stop as soon as Rheem has paid back all the money.
It was an epic final table of the first ever Epic Poker League Main Event. But it wasn't one of the big names who took home the tournament. Hasan Habib, Chino Rheem and Jason Mercier were the 3 players who made it to the final table with the largest stacks (about 1.5 million each).
Of these 3, Chino Rheem, the 2008 WSOP Main Event finalist, impressed the most on the final table by taking down pot after pot. Not even the almighty Erik Seidel could stop him from taking down the $1,000,000 first prize. In total, Rheem now has impressive $5,370,875 in tournament earnings.
Final table results: 1) David Rheem, $1 000 000 2) Erik Seidel, $604 330 3) Jason Mercier, $360 970 4) Hasan Habib, $237 560 5) Gavin Smith, $154 260 6) Huck Seed, $107 980