Among the creme de la crop of highstakes poker players is Erik Seidel. This one time stock broker proves that poker is a skill not luck. He’s nearing 60 and winning highstakes games just as when he was much younger. Let’s take a look at this fascinating man.
He started out playing backgammon but at Brooklyn College, he shifted to poker and hasn’t looked back. He started as stock broker on the American Stock Exchange and joined the Mayfair Club in New York.
The Mayfair Club was a cardroom in New York that was originally a bridge and backgammon club. It shifted to poker and cranked out some of the top poker players of the day including Jay Heimowitz, Mickey Appleman, Dan Harrington, Howard Lederer, Stu Ungar and more. The club was closed in 2000. But this was the area where Erik Seidel got the skills.
Professional Poker Highlights
European Poker Tour
In May 2015, Seidel won the European Poker Tour Super High Roller for over $2 million dollars. And that’s just part of his winning for that year. In 2015, Seidel took home over $4 million dollars in live tournament events alone. This doesn’t include private tournaments with wealthy high rollers or online games. In 2016, he took over $3 million dollars including a $158,479 win at the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo. He’s truly in the poker elite.
World Poker Tour
Seidel won the World Poker Tour at the 2008 WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic for $992,890. In 2011 he was runner up for $155,103. Other notable World Poker Tour finishes include the WPT Five Diamond Classic where he took 4th place for $335,160 in 2016.
World Series of Poker
Seidel was runner up in his first major WSOP in 1988. He made the final table again in 1999. He’s had many cashes there and has won eight bracelets, the most recent in 2007. He is a flexible player with bracelets in Holdem, Omaha, and Deuce to Seven Draw. Only five other players have more bracelets than Seidel.
Aria High Roller
Seidel is a frequent casher at the Aria High Roller Bowl, a monthly tournament with today’s top players. His largest cash there was for over $500,000 in 2016.
Seidel in 2017 shows no signs of slowing down. His total earnings for the year that’s not even over yet are over $2 million dollars. His largest cash this year was the Poker Masters Event for almost $600,000. He also placed 3rd in the PokerStars Monte Carlo Eight Max for $461,570.
The amazing thing about Seidel is he’s older than most of players out there. Highstakes or low stakes, poker is poker and Seidel has seemed to master the game to perfection.
Erik Seidel’s Top Cashes
$250,000 Super High Roller 2011 Aussie Millions $2,489,747
$300,000 No-Limit Hold’em Seven Max 2016 Super High Roller Bowl $2,400,000
€100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Max EPT Season XI / FPS – Monte Carlo Grand Final $2,250,999
Event 21 – No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 2011 Five-Star World Poker Classic (WPT) $1,092,780
No-Limit Hold’em Championship Event 11 (WPT) 2008 Foxwoods Poker Classic (WPT) $992,890
AUD$100K No-Limit Hold’em 2014 APPT 8 – Aussie Millions $963,558
No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 12 2008 Aussie Millions $880,000
$500,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Max 2015 Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl $860,000
2011 NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship $750,000
Event 1 – No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller Eight Handed EPT Season X – Barcelona $745,224
$100K No-Limit Hold’em 2013 Five Diamond (WPT) $650,100