The $20,000 Main Event for Series 3 of Epic Poker’s Season One will wrap up major tournament poker for 2011 and Canadians Sorel Mizzi and Mike “Sir Watts” Watson are still in contention to take down the one last title up grabs.
It only seems only fitting that these two names appear once again as both Watson and Sorel also recently appeared on our Top Ten Canadian Players Money Lists Part One & Part 2. A 4th place or better finish here could see either catapult into the final and highest cashing scoring Canadians of 2011 yet to be announced in the final installment.
A total of 100 players turned out at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas to fight for their seat at the TV table, title and $797,680 first place prize. Now late into Day 2 at the time of writing, only 32 players remain, playing at 6-Max tables thanks to a Matt Savage designed “Mix-Max” format; Day 1 kicked things off as an 8-Max then dropping one per table to begin Day 2 playing Seven-Max. Then once the field reached just 36 remaining, a re-draw was done and it’s a 6-max affair to finish the day.
Tomorrow, or Day 3, when it gets down to the 12 pay-out spots (starting at an almost $52,000 payday), it will be maximum of 4 players per table to end Day 3. Finally, when the last two players are reached, the heads up opponents will use whatever chips they have accumulated in a best 2 out of 3 format. Chips rest to those stacks for the first two games and should a “rubber” match be needed and force game three both players will play the deciding match with even starting stacks.
Other notable Canucks who turned out for one last kik at the 6 figure poker cat where Shawn Buchanan and Will Molson, both of which made Day 2 but have since been eliminated as well as Peter Jetten, defending Epic Poker League Series 2 Main Event Champion Mike “Timex” McDonald and a player who also made the top 10 of the Global Poker Index this week; Toronto’s Matt Marafioti.
There has been a Canadian at every EPL Main Event TV table so far; first Gavin Smith in the inaugural EPL $20,000, then in the next go Timex took it down. Will Sorel or Watson continue the trend?