Erik Seidel – Wikipedia

Erik Seidel - Wikipedia

American poker participant

Erik Seidel (born November 6, 1959) is an American skilled poker participant from Las Vegas, Nevada, who has received eight World Sequence of Poker bracelets and a World Poker Tour title.
He’s married and has two daughters.

In 2010, he was inducted into the Poker Corridor of Fame.[1]

Formative years[edit]

Seidel was born in New York Metropolis. He performed skilled backgammon in his youth. He finally turned a dealer on the American inventory change inventory market, after which moved on to poker.

Seidel was one of many group of now well-known gamers from the previous Mayfair Membership in New York Metropolis, together with Stu Ungar, Jay Heimowitz, Mickey Appleman, Howard Lederer, Jason Lester, Steve Zolotow, Paul Magriel, and Dan Harrington.

Poker profession[edit]

World Sequence of Poker[edit]

In his first main poker event, Seidel was runner-up within the 1988 World Sequence of Poker Primary Occasion to Johnny Chan. This closing hand was featured within the 1998 film Rounders.[2] Seidel made the WSOP Primary Occasion closing desk once more in 1999, ending in fourth place within the occasion received by Noel Furlong.

Seidel received his first WSOP bracelet in 1992 and received his eighth and most up-to-date bracelet in 2007. Seidel has received bracelets in 5 totally different video games, together with Maintain’em, Omaha, and Deuce to Seven Draw. Solely 5 gamers within the historical past of the WSOP have received extra bracelets than Seidel: Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Johnny Moss, and Phil Ivey.

World Poker Tour[edit]

Throughout the sixth season of the World Poker Tour (WPT), Seidel received the 2008 WPT Foxwoods Poker Traditional, incomes $992,890.

In April 2011, Seidel got here simply wanting profitable his second WPT title on the Hollywood Open. He completed because the runner-up and received $155,103.

European Poker Tour[edit]

In Could 2015, Seidel received the 2015 European Poker Tour Grand Remaining €100,000 Tremendous Excessive Curler for €2,015,000.

Different poker ventures[edit]

In January 2007, Seidel completed in second place within the Aussie Hundreds of thousands $100,000 occasion and took residence $550,000(AUD), crushed by Erick Lindgren in Heads-Up play when he moved all-in with KJ of hearts on a two-heart flop and Lindgren known as with a pair of aces and his 7 kicker turned an eventual straight.

In January 2008, Seidel completed in second place within the Aussie Hundreds of thousands $10,000 principal occasion and received $1,000,000(AUD).

In March 2010, Seidel completed in second place within the Nationwide Heads-Up Poker Championship and picked up $250,000 after a 2–1 loss to Annie Duke within the closing.

In January 2011, Seidel completed in fourth place within the PokerStars Caribbean Journey Excessive Curler Occasion for $295,960, then went on later that month to take third in a A$100,000 buy-in Aussie Hundreds of thousands event for $618,139. Simply 5 days later, Seidel pocketed $2,472,555 when he received the Tremendous Excessive Curler Occasion on the Aussie Hundreds of thousands.[3]

In February 2011, Seidel received the Excessive Curler Occasion on the LA Poker Traditional for $144,570.

In March 2011, Seidel received the Nationwide Heads-Up Poker Championship, defeating 2003 World Champion Chris Moneymaker within the closing. The $750,000 he collected for the win moved him into first place on the all-time event cash listing.

In Could 2011, Seidel received the $100Okay Tremendous Excessive Curler occasion on the WPT World Championship for $1,092,780. He defeated fellow Workforce Full Tilt member Erick Lindgren heads up for the title.

In August 2011, Seidel completed runner-up to David Rheem within the $20,000 buy-in 6-Max No Restrict Maintain’em event on the inaugural Epic Poker League for $604,330, which introduced his earnings for 2011 to over $6.2 million.

Seidel mentored journalist Maria Konnikova, beginning in 2018, instructing her poker and the mindset that it requires. Seidel taught Konnikova Texas Maintain’em and finally she participated in tournaments and received $350,000. In 2020, Konnikova printed a guide about her expertise: The Greatest Bluff: How I Realized to Pay Consideration, Grasp Myself, And Win.[4][5]

Profession earnings[edit]

As of January 2019, his whole stay event winnings exceed $34,600,000[6] of which $5,388,532 have been received on the WSOP.[7] His 101 WSOP cashes rank him second all-time. Erik has received over $5,000,000 in poker earnings in years 2011,[8] 2015,[9] and 2016.[10] As of January 2017, whereas many gamers have remodeled $5 million in a yr no different participant has performed this greater than as soon as. In January 2016, Seidel was ranked #28[11] on the International Poker Index. (He was #1 for a complete of 15 weeks in 2011).[12]

World Sequence of Poker bracelets[edit]

Seidel has received eight WSOP bracelets in his storied poker profession. His eight bracelets rank sixth all-time.

12 months Match Prize (US$)
1992 $2,500 Restrict Maintain’em $168,000
1993 $2,500 Omaha eight or Higher $94,000
1994 $5,000 Restrict Maintain’em $210,000
1998 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw $132,700
2001 $3,000 No Restrict Maintain’em $411,300
2003 $1,500 Pot Restrict Omaha $146,100
2005 $2,000 No Restrict Maintain’em $611,795
2007 $5,000 World Championship No-Restrict

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  1. ^ Rodriguez, Julio (October 19, 2010). “Dan Harrington and Erik Seidel Inducted Into 2010 Poker Corridor of Fame”. Cardplayer Journal. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  2. ^ McManus, James (2009). Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. p. 342. ISBN 9781429990684.
  3. ^ “Card kings take Crown for $4.5m”.
  4. ^ Konnikova, Story by Maria (June 23, 2020). “How I Turned a Poker Champion in One 12 months”. The Atlantic. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  5. ^ Paterniti, Michael (June 23, 2020). “How a Author With a Ph.D. in Psychology Turned a Poker Champ”. The New York Instances. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  6. ^ “Erik Seidel’s profile on The Hendon Mob”. The Hendon Mob Poker Database.
  7. ^ World Sequence of Poker Earnings,
  8. ^ “2011 Cash Listing, High 1000: Hendon Mob Poker Database”. The Hendon Mob.
  9. ^ “2015 Cash Listing, High 94793: Hendon Mob Poker Database”. The Hendon Mob.
  10. ^ “2016 Cash Listing, High 104899: Hendon Mob Poker Database”. The Hendon Mob.
  11. ^ “International Poker Index Rating, High 261806: Hendon Mob Poker Database”. The Hendon Mob.
  12. ^ “Erik Seidel | BXR877 | United States | The Official International Poker Index – GPI Rankings”.

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