Erik Seidel

Always calm, silent and sober, he managed to achieve a status of the legend mostly through his superior play.

A lot of players become famous and renowned for their shenanigans and their behavior at the table and off the felt. Erik Seidel certainly does not belong to that group. Always calm, silent and sober, he managed to achieve a status of the legend mostly through his superior play and the respectful behavior he has always displayed regardless of the situation. Of course, his appearance in the probably most famous poker movie ever - “Rounders” - and the legendary hand that he lost to Johnny Chan to finish runner-up in the 1988 WSOP Main Event might have helped. Seidel, also known as Sly, was born on November 6 1959 in New York City. As often is the case, he did not start off with poker. He played tournament backgammon for several years, dabbled with stock market some more, eventually lending on the green felt as a full time professional after the stock market crash in 1987. This was not much of a surprise considering his apparent love for numbers and competitive spirit. Married, with two daughters, he has always treated poker as his full time job. This serious and responsible approach has provided him with a great deal of career success. Apart from finishing second in Main Event of 1988 and the fourth place in the same tournament in 1999, he is a proud owner of eight World Series of Poker bracelets as well as one WPT title. This puts him near the top of the list for life time bracelet winnings trailing only names like Phil Ivey or Phil Helmuth. Some of his most notable cashes include the first place in Aussie Millions High Roller event for $2.6 million in 2011, winning the Five Star World Poker Classic High Roller for nearly $1.1 million as well as his most recent 3rd place finish in the Aussie Millions 100k Challenge for tad over $950,000. His total tournament earnings are estimated to be about $4.800.000, while his total winnings are astounding $23.5 million to date. All these achievements as well as his personality have earned Erik Seidel his place in the Poker Hall of Fame in 2010. His speech during the introduction ceremony was, not surprisingly, modest and full of words of praise for all of those who have helped him achieve his success, especially during the early years of his career, particularly Doyle Brunson and Steve Zolotov. And even at this point, he emphasized how important and crucial love and support from his family were during all the struggles and swings that poker naturally brings with it. There are a lot of videos featuring the man himself right here on Pokertube. Some of those are simply him playing the game, but his interviews and insights into the living style of a serious poker player are both very informative and quite inspirational and make provide great viewing for anyone looking for a good advice from a true legend of the game with three decades of experience under his belt.
Read More
1 year ago1,041ChicagoJoey,

Published 1 year ago

PokerLife Podcast - With Maria Konnikova

In this episode of the PokerLife Podcast, Chicago Joey Ingram welcomes best-selling author Maria Konnikova onto the show. Maria fa...

1 year ago2,438killjoy1987,

Published 1 year ago

Millions Barcelona - €100,000 Super High Roller Final Table

It's the partypoker Millions Grand Final from Barcelona, and the €100,000 buy-in SUPER High Roller reaches it's final table! The...

1 year ago2,861killjoy1987,

Published 1 year ago

Millions Barcelona - €25k High Roller - Final Table

It's final table time in the €25,000 High Roller event at the partypoker Millions Grand Final in Barcelona.Just 9 players remain...

1 year ago4,866BDJB,

Published 1 year ago

2018 PCA $50k High Roller - Final Table

Erik Seidel and Steve O'Dwyer headline the final table of the $50k High Roller at the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahama...

1 year ago3,203BDJB,

Published 1 year ago

PCA 2018 - Incredible BLUFF Against Erik Seidel

It's Day 2 of the $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller at the 2018 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure and on the feature table Christophe...

1 year ago4,587BDJB,

Published 1 year ago

PCA $100K Super High Roller - Day 2 Live Stream

It's Day 2 of the $100,000 Super High Roller at the 2018 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure from the Atlantic Resort, and there are so...

2 years ago2,488BestPokerVids,

Published 2 years ago

Poker Tweets Of The Week

Card Player's new video series which is going to take a look at the top poker tweets of the week. In this episode Jennifer Tilly r...

2 years ago7,207BestPokerVids,

Published 2 years ago

EPT 13 Barcelona - €50K Super High Roller Final Table

Cards up live stream coverage of the €50k Super High Roller final table at EPT Barcelona 2016. Some big names are on another fin...

2 years ago8,358BestPokerVids,

Published 2 years ago

PokerStars - Top 5 Hero Calls

When you're facing a huge bet and something doesn't feel right, sometimes you have to go with your instinct even when you don't ha...

3 years ago3,638BestPokerVids,

Published 3 years ago

2016 "Take 'Em to School" Charity Poker Tournament

Check out this recap of the 2016 Take 'Em to School Charity Poker Tournament, hosted by Mike Sexton, Lynn Gilmartin and Vince Van ...

Maria Konnikova's Story of the Psychologist Poker Player's Success

A writer, who immersed herself in the world of poker just to research her upcoming book, recently won the PCA National for $84,600.

Live Poker Events, 1 year ago

Steve O’Dwyer wins PCA $50K High Roller for $769,500

The Colorado pro is an unstoppable poker machine, starting the New Year by taking down the $50,000 High Roller title at the PCA and adding $769,500 to his bank balance

Live Poker Events, 1 year ago

Maria Konnikova Wins PCA National Championship For $84,600

This comes as a third act climax to Konnikova’s latest writing project: the year she has taken out to immerse herself in the poker world.

Daniel Negreanu’s Goals for 2018

Just a week after releasing his extremely-interesting profit and loss numbers, Canadian poker star Daniel Negreanu has outlined his goals for 2018.

Live Poker Events, 1 year ago

John Juanda Wins Triton Super High Roller Macau For $2,872,299

It was strike one for the old-school poker pros as John Juanda fended off the challenge of Fedor Holz heads-up.

Live Poker Events, 1 year ago

Stefan Schillhabel takes down Triton Super High Roller Macau for $750,000

Schillhabel scooped just over US$750,000 when he fought off the challenge of many of the world’s best high-stakes players in the opening salvo of the Triton Super High Roller in Macau.

Live Poker Events, 1 year ago

Justice is Blinds Returns With Vanessa Selbst, Olivier Busquet and Ingrid Weber

Vanessa Selbst will host the third edition of her Justice is Blinds, a charity poker event benefiting the non-profit advocacy organization Urban Justice Center.

Live Poker Events, 1 year ago

Steffen Sontheimer Takes Home $1,512,000 And the Poker Masters Purple Jacket

Justice was served in the inaugural Poker Masters series as Germany’s Steffen Sontheimer took down the final event.

Live Poker Events, 1 year ago

Bryn Kenney Scoops $960,000 at the Poker Masters Event #3

It was an amazing day at the Poker Masters yesterday, mainly due to the fact that there were no Germans at the final table!

Live Poker Events, 1 year ago

Stephen Chidwick Wins €25,500 Single-Day High Roller For €690,400

Chidwick’s victory in Barcelona was by far the biggest single cash of his career – not bad for someone who started his poker career with a bankroll of… freerolls!