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Poker Prodigy Series: Erik Seidel

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This edition of Joe Wager’s Poker Prodigy Series looks at one of the game’s biggest-ever winners and a consummate professional who is now sixty-four and has had an illustrious career spanning four decades at the highest level, Erik Seidel.

Let’s review his career details before heading to our top-rated online poker rooms!

How It All Began for Erik Seidel

Like many top poker players, Erik Seidel had a love of mathematics and excelled in the numbers trading of the Wall Street Stock Market while also playing professional Backgammon in his youth.

Prior to the Millennium, Seidel frequented the iconic Mayfair Poker Club in the Big Apple, an underground New York card club that was an exclusive haunt and a regular spot for the top poker games that included players like Stu Ungar, Howard Lederer, Dan Harrington and Steve Zolotow, to name a few.

Erik Seidel

Seidel Had a Starring Part in Rounders Back in 1988

Four years before his first WSOP bracelet, Erik Seidel jumped into the public consciousness with an appearance in the iconic poker movie of the time Rounders (1998) starring Matt Damon, Ed Norton and John Malkovich.

Seidel’s heads-up the battle of 1988 with Johnny Chan and their final hand featured in Rounders. That was not his only brush with the hallowed WSOP Main Event final table, as he made the game’s showpiece again in 1999 when finishing 4th to Noel Furlong.

Erik Seidel WSOP Bracelets

Erik Seidel has had a Top 10 Hall of Fame poker career, especially at the game’s showpiece, the WSOP (World Series of Poker), where he has accumulated a phenomenal ten WSOP over a thirty-one-year period. Despite losing heads-up for the big one as mentioned above, Seidel would have to wait another four years for his first WSOP bracelet.

  • 1992: $2,500 Limit Hold’em
  • 1993: $2,500 Omaha Eight or Better
  • 1994: $5,000 Limit Hold’em
  • 1998: $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
  • 2001: $3,000 No Limit Hold’em
  • 2003: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
  • 2005: $2,000 No Limit Hold’em
  • 2007: $5,000 World Championship No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball
  • 2021: $10,000 Super Millions High Roller
  • 2023: $50,000 Super High Roller

Seidel’s first bracelet was in 1992 with the $2,500 Limit Hold’em event for $168k. His most recent WSOP win was at last year’s series, where he won the $50,000 Super High Roller for $1,700,000.

His tally of ten leaves Seidel tied for second place on the all-time list with Phil Hellmuth, and as you can see, there was a barren period between 2008 and 2020, but don’t be fooled as it was only variance, with Seidel keeping busy, plying his trade around the globe winning many live poker tournaments.

Poker Accomplishments Outside the WSOP

Erik Seidel has been a regular feature on the WPT (World Poker Tour) and despite numerous final tables, he has only won the 2008 Foxwoods Poker Classic for just under $1,000,000.

Despite his WSOP résumé looking unusually bare after 2008 until the 2020s, Seidel was busy on the EPT (European Poker Tour) where he kept final tabling. Eventually, he won the huge Grand Final of 2015, held in Monte Carlo, with a €10,000 entry for over €2,000,000.

In Recent Years Seidel Mentored Maria Konnikova

2016 saw Seidel begin mentoring the Russian American writer, television producer and psychologist, Maria Konnikova, who took it upon herself to see if she could learn top-class poker from scratch.

She enlisted Seidel as a mentor and went on to accumulate over $350,000 in live poker earnings that formed the basis of her book, The Biggest Bluff (2020).

Eirc Seidel Maria Konnikova

Joe Wager’s Thoughts on Erik Seidel

Despite the years advancing on Erik Seidel, here at Joe Wager we recognize the New Yorker is still one of poker’s best players. His achievements over four decades from the game have been remarkable as his career earnings approaching $50,000,000 illustrate.

Nowadays, he resides in Las Vegas with his wife, and they have two daughters but despite being close to retirement age, last year as the WSOP he netted $1,700,000 from the $50,000 High Roller event.

His resume shows bracelets won in Limit Hold’em and Deuce to Seven Low Ball along with WPT and EPT titles, meaning there is little left for Seidel to achieve but, with no intention of slowing down his career, he could go on for another twenty like his great friend, the late Doyle Brunson.

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Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards, an online tipster in golf and snooker for over four years, boasts a track record of 7800 bets with a 28% return on investment. A snooker professional from 1988 to 1996, he was once a single-figure handicap golfer. Achieving the 282nd position in the WSOP MAIN EVENT in 2007, Craig possesses a unique insight into the psychological shifts of professional sportsmen, anticipating their mindset week by week.

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