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.
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100k Challenge: Aussie Millions 2014

Final table of 100k Aussie Millions 2014 challenge featuring Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Mike 'Timex' McDonald and Erik Seidel

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EPT Barcelona Super High Roller Lunkin vs Seidel HU Part 3

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EPT Barcelona Super High Roller Lunkin vs Seidel HU Part 2

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NBC HU 2013 Tom Dwan vs Eric Seidel - knockout

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Erik Seidel vs Dan Smith

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Eric Seidel vs Timothy Adams - AA vs KK

Eric Seidel vs Timothy Adams - AA vs KK

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Great Laydown - Erik Seidel AA Vs Daniel Negreanu

Great Laydown at EPT grand final

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Erik Seidel WPT interview about Full Tilt Poker payouts

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Published 12 years ago

Strategy: Erik Seidel

Card Player TV sits down with Erik Seidel to discuss playing draws on the flop.

Poker Pro and Backgammon Champ Paul Magriel Dies at 71

Longtime poker players remember the "Quack, Quack" often uttered by Paul Magriel when he made bets in some fashion that contained the number "22."

Seidel and Juanda Among Victims in $Multi-Million SuperBowl Ticket Scam

The $multi-million SuperBowl ticket scam saw Poker Hall of Fame members Erik Seidel and John Juanda taken for $800,000.

Live Poker Events, 3 years 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, 3 years 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, 3 years 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!

Live Poker Events, 3 years 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

Top 5 Best Poker Players in the World

Top spot on the list goes to the perennial favourite - controversial Californian-born poker genius

Live Poker Events, 5 years ago

Top Moments From Aria Super High Roller Bowl

The Aria Super High Roller Bowl was a $500,000 buy-in event aired on NBC and was presented by Poker Central. Review some of the action between top pros.

Venmo Hacking Thieves Steal $thousands from Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel

Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel have both had their Venmo online payment accounts hacked

Live Poker Events, 3 years ago

WPT Tournament of Champions Schedule Announced

The schedule for the 2018 WPT Tournament of Champions Festival has been released - the highly anticipated $15K Main Event will be held May 24th-26th at the Aria Casino.