Erik Seidel

Erik Seidel is a noted American professional poker player who has won many titles and bracelets in his career. Because of his exceptional and impressive poker strategy, 8 WSOP bracelets and a WPT win, Erik Seidel was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2010.

Personal Life

Erik Seidel was born on November 6, 1959 in the fascinating New York City and is currently based at Las Vegas, Nevada, US. His poker career is interesting.  Like many other poker players, Erik was originally a tournament backgammon player. He developed his interest towards poker only after he started playing the stock market as a full time engagement Poker was a hobby at that time. Seidel likes to play tennis, listen to music and play online poker during his leisure time.


Erik Seidel played his first key tournament in the 1988 World Series of Poker Main Event where he finished as runner-up and. The exciting game was also featured in the popular movie Rounders. In the year 1999, he again made it to the WSOP main event final table but was eventually defeated by Noel Furlong.

The year 1992 proved to be lucky for Erik as he won his first WSOP bracelet. His latest WSOP victory was in 2007. Seidel claimed his first WPT victory in the 2008 WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic by winning a whopping amount of $992,890. In  2007, Seidel participated in the Aussie Millions $100k event but could only manage  the second place.  In the following year, he again participated in the Aussie Millions $10k main event and ended in the second place  He continued his second place with the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2010.

The year 2011 proved to be lucky for Erik Seidel as he won various tournaments:

  • In January 2011, he participated in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller Event and  in buy-in Aussie Millions tournament
  • In February, he won the at the LA Poker Classic.( High Roller Event)
  • In March 2011, he became the champion of the National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
  • In April 2011, he became second in the WPT title at the Hollywood Open
  • In May 2011, he won the $100K Super High Roller event held at the WPT World Championship.
  • In August 2011, he scored the second position in the $20,000 buy-in 6-Max No Limit Hold'em tournament.

So, throughout the year 2011, his winnings exceeded $16,600,000 and interestingly the amount $4,352,051 was won at the WSOP.

Erik Seidel has not only made it to the top spot in the All Time Money List, but also has only four more players with more bracelets than him in WSOP history. 

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