American poker player Erik Seidel has 8 World Series of Poker bracelets and a World Poker Tour title. He is currently in first place on the all-time money list of poker players. Last year he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
In January, Seidel defeated Team Titan’s Sam Trickett in heads-up play to win the $250,000 Super High Roller at the Aussie Millions, just days after finishing in 6th place in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge (an event that Sam won).
In 2011 so far, Seidel has $4.3 million in cashes, with his latest win being the National Heads-Up Poker Championship (NHPC) in Las Vegas, for a first prize of $750,000. Is this a super hot streak, or just another amazing showing of the world’s number one poker player?
Last year, Seidel finished as runner-up in the NHPC when he was defeated by Annie Duke in the final best of three series. But this year there was no stopping him, as he bested Allen Cunningham, Jennifer Harman, Phil Gordon, Vanessa Selbst, and Andrew Robl on his way to a final duel with 2003 WSOP Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker.
In addition to his cashes at the Aussie Millions this year, Seidel took first place in the $25,100 High Roller Event at the 2011 L.A. Poker Classic for $144,570; and 4th place in the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller Event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for a prize of $295,960.
In October last year, Seidel was selected as one of two 2010 inductees to the Poker Hall of Fame, the greatest recognition for players of the game.
“I have such a high regard for the many members of the Poker Hall of Fame that I have played with over the years and it’s a real privilege to be able to join them,” Seidel said of the honor at the time.
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