Last week Tournament Director extraordinaire, Matt Savage finally received some nominal amount of the over $30K he was owed for his work under Annie Duke and Jeffrey Pollack for the doomed Epic Poker League.
“CalvinAyre.com's Lee Davy, perhaps the only person who actually liked the name “Epic”, reached out to Savage to get his thoughts about what was good and what went wrong with the smash-and-grab poker tour.
What did the EPL do right?
I think those that were there, working from the start, really felt part of something that could of changed the industry, and hoped it could continue. The players were given added money, free food, hotel rooms, and it was great television. Yes the fields were tough, but it was something that nobody had ever offered the players before.
...and Annie Duke?
Annie tried hard to do right by the players but had a lot to overcome with her public opinion: tarnished by Ultimate Bet and Daniel Negreanu slinging insults and negative comments about EPL—which turned out to be correct—about the failure of the project. Annie doesn’t deserve the blame for the Epic failure.
More reflections on Epic Poker from Wicked Chops Poker: Epic Aftermath – Wicked Chops Poker Sifts Through The Rubble