Eric Seidel is considered to be one of the top names in poker tournament action, with eight WSOP bracelets and high cash winnings to his name.
Erik Seidel Background
Erik Seidel was born in New York in 1959. It is interesting to note that he began his gaming career on the backgammon board, spending eight years on the backgammon track. Erik then turned towards the stock market and traded on Wall Street before focusing his attentions on poker. With 8 WSOP bracelets and one WPT championship under his belt, Erik Seidel is today among the top names of poker tournament play. He is a member of the Full Tilt Poker team and is rated as one of the top all time cash earners of the WSOP tournaments.
Today, Erik lives in Las Vegas and apart from playing poker tournament games, he enjoys listening to music and playing tennis.
Erik Seidel Career Highlights
- 1988 – WSOP Main event – finished in 2nd place
- 1992 – WSOP $2,500 Limit Hold'em event winner
- 1993 – WSOP $2,500 Omaha 8 or better event winner
- 1994 –WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold'em event winner
- 1998 – WSOP $5,000 2-7 Triple Draw event winner
- 2001 – WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event winner
- 2003 – WSOP $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event winner
- 2005 – WSOP $2,000 No Limit Hold'em event winner
- 2007 – WSOP No Limit 2-7 Draw event winner
- 2008 – 2nd place in Aussie Millions Main event
- 2008 – Foxwoods Poker Classic event winner
Erik Seidel and 2008
The year of 2008 started well for Erik Seidel in relation to poker tournaments. He finished second at the Aussie Millions Main event, winning a large prize of $880,000. Erik then won his first WPT championship, by finishing in first place at the Foxwoods Poker Classic tournament. At this event he won over $990,000. At the 2008 WSOP tournament, he also made his mark. Erik reached two final tables.
Erik Seidel at Full Tilt Poker
Full Tilt Poker boasts that some of the world's best poker players are a part of the Team Full Tilt Poker. Erik Seidel is a member of this team of players. When he plays online, Eric plays exclusively at Full Tilt poker.
Erik Seidel and 'Rounders'
Possibly Erik's most famous poker moment came about in 1988 and is most probably one that he himself would rather forget. In Erik's first World Series of Poker appearance he reached the final table at the WSOP Main Event, but was beaten by Johnny Chan. However, the element that makes this final table unforgettable is that it was featured in the movie 'Rounders'. The film includes repeated clips of the action at the 1988 final table. It should be pointed out that although he lost – just reaching the final table was a great achievement, especially for a first time WSOP tournament player.
Erik Seidel appears to have experienced the most success when playing at No Limit Hold'em tournaments and over the years he has won over $9m in winnings at different poker tournaments.