• Epic Poker in Acquisition Talks With Pinnacle Entertainment

    The fledgling Epic Poker League is reportedly in talks with Pinnacle Entertainment regarding a potential purchase of the league, sources close to WickedChopsPoker.com reported on Wednesday. The deal could occur within the next 60 days.

    A previously scheduled event has been pushed back to a yet-to-be-determined April/May date. While the league claims this move was a result of player feedback, others have speculated Epic may be undergoing financial difficulties.

    From WCP:

    The potential acquisition is a curious fit, but one with understandable roots. Pinnacle management consists of a number of ex-Harrah’s executive staff. Ginny Shanks (pictured right), who currently heads Marketing for Pinnacle, helped run the World Series of Poker when Jeffrey Pollack first arrived and appointed himself commissioner. Shanks was responsible for conceiving and executing the $2M Tournament of Chapions freeroll in 2004, won by current Epic commissioner Annie Duke.

    According to a casino gaming source who tipped us off on the deal, Pollack has maintained a close relationship with Shanks and other ex-Harrah’s employees now with Pinnacle, who still live in Las Vegas where the corporate office is located.

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