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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Erik Seidel - 2008 Aussie Millions Runner Up

Amanda interviews Erik shortly after finishing second in the main event.

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Full tilt Ad. Erik Seidel

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Erik Seidel

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Strategy: Erik Seidel

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

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Erik Seidel WPT interview about Full Tilt Poker payouts

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Great Laydown - Erik Seidel AA Vs Daniel Negreanu

Great Laydown at EPT grand final

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Eric Seidel vs Timothy Adams - AA vs KK

Eric Seidel vs Timothy Adams - AA vs KK

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Erik Seidel vs Dan Smith

Some footage from EPT9 Barcelona Super High Roller. An interesting match-up

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NBC HU 2013 Tom Dwan vs Eric Seidel - knockout

NBC HU 2013 Tom Dwan vs Eric Seidel - knockout (Ep04)

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EPT Barcelona Super High Roller Lunkin vs Seidel HU - Part 1

EPT Barcelona Super High Roller Lunkin vs Seidel Heads Up Part1

Live Poker Events, 3 years ago

Bonomo Defeats Negreanu for $5million SHRB Title

Bonomo laid claim to 'the best tournament player in the world' title when he finished off a resurgent Negreanu to lift the SHRB title in Las Vegas.

Erik Seidel’s Elvis Impersonation

Some people will go to any length to attend their favourite sporting event and for Erik Seidel it mean dressing up as Elvis Presley.

Bill Perkins Crushing High-Stakes Draft Action for Super High Roller Bowl

Bill Perkins has been busy running some drafts for theoretical teams in this year’s Super High Roller Ball event, which starts on May 27th.

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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

Jake Schindler Wins PartyPoker €100,000 Super High Roller For €1,750,000

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A federal grand jury indicted Californian pro Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli on wire fraud charges – alleging a $6.2million ticket-flipping scam.

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Former French pro Ludovic Lacay quit poker to become a intern at a British tech startup company - here’s the reason why.