Erik Seidel Highstakes Poker Pro

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

German Poker Player Christoph Vogelsang Wins $6 Million at the Super High Roller Bowl

German poker player, Christoph Vogelsang won the Aria Super High Roller Bowl and the $6 million dollar grand prize. The Super High Roller Bowl is one the most lucrative tournaments and is by invitation only. The buy-in for this event is $300,000. It’s a field of today’s poker superstars and a couple of other high roller players. The tournament itself started with a field of 56 players and was a multiple day event.
Vogelsang’s other major win came at the 2014 Big One for One Drop where he took home third place for $10 million dollars. His total live event poker earnings are nearly $14 million dollars. And he is second in the German poker list for poker earnings.
The final day, it’s a three day event, had Vogelsang in second place. Jake Schindler was chip leader with Pratyush Buddiga in third. Pocket aces from Schindler knocked Buddiga out against his pair of eights. The heads up was set with Schindler holding a major lead but Vogelsang “chipped” away at Schindler’s lead.
The final hand of the tournament was Schindler calling with 8 and Jack of hearts. Vogelsang checked with 10 of spades and 7 of clubs. The flop brought 10 of clubs, 3 of hearts and 2 of diamonds. The turn brought a 7 of hearts and Schindler bet 400,000. Vogelsang with two pair raised. The river brought a 2 of clubs. Schindler went all in as did Vogelsang who won with a two pair.
In short, Schindler was called on his bluff. But the strategy highlights bluffing and chasing a flush that will be covered in poker strategies.
The results of the Super High Roller Bowl are:

  1. Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000
  2. Jake Schindler $3,600,000
  3. Stefan Schillhabel $2,400,000
  4. Leon Tsoukernik $1,800,000
  5. Byron Kaverman $1,400,000
  6. Pratyush Buddiga $1,000,000
  7. Justin Bonomo $600,000

May 28th – June 1st Marks the 2017 Aria Super High Roller Bowl Poker Tournament

One of the most lucrative poker tournaments, The Aria Super High Roller Bowl is slated to begin May 28th and will run till June 1st. 55 player each putting up $300,000 will have a chance to compete for the $6 million dollar first prize. This tournament is invitation only and includes some of the top names in poker.
The tournament is getting bigger each year and this is the largest prize pool by far. Last year’s tournament saw Germany’s Raine Kempe and Fedor Holz battle it out for first and second place. Outside of Americans, Germany has the second most amount of players. In this tournament cashes start at the last seven players and range from $600,000 and up to $6 million dollars. Total payouts will be nearly $17 million dollars.
Here is a list of some of poker players slated to be in the tournament with their histories:

Daniel Colman
He really has looked back since the One Drop for Water tournament in 2014 for nearly $14 million dollars, the second largest cash in poker history. He added several other 7 figure cashes to his total that summer as well. And even this year he’s added nearly $2 million dollars to his cashes for a total cash of nearly $28,000,000. At 26 years old, he’s one of the youngest players. He is also second in for the most cashes of an American player.

Dan Perper
With nearly $2 million in cashes, he’s nothing not to look at. The Illinois is an experienced poker player with many cashes under his belt including nearly $900,000 at the 2015 One Drop for Water Event.

Dan Shak
He is hedge fund manager and semi pro poker player who specializes in high stakes buy-in tournaments. He has nearly $9 million in earnings. His most recent cash was $86,400 at the Aria Super High Roller 13.

Dan Smith
One of the top 10 in the money of all time for Americans, Dan Smith is a force to reckon with. His total earnings are over $15 million dollars. This year is no exception with nearly $800,000 in cashes so far in 2017. It could be a very good year for him.

Daniel Negreanu
The Canadian has made a name for himself as the all time top of the in the money list with over $32 million dollars in poker winnings. Lately his streak has been off at the live tournaments. His most recent cash was over $250,000 at the PokerStars High Roller Event in the Bahamas.

David Einhorn
David Einhorn, a semi pro player, he is the founder of Greenlight Capital. He is a billionaire businessman. His most recent cash was $44,728 in 2014 in the No Limit Holdem Event 66. His total poker earnings are over $5 million dollars.

David Peters
Hailing from Ohio, Peters is a force to reckon with. He’s been a success almost from the start at age 21. He’s racked up over $15 million dollars in earnings. His most recent cashes was over $100,000 at the PokerStars Macau Event 28. For 2017, he’s made almost $450,000 in cashes.

Dominik Nitsche
Originally from Germany, Nitsche, who lives in Scotland, has an impressive list of cashes. In 2016, he cashed over $1 million dollars for the year. His most recent cash was $2000 in the Asian Championship of Poker.

Doug Polk
The California native has made his mark in the poker world. He specializes in heads up play. He ran a $20 deposit at PokerStars into $10,000 but still didn’t find lasting success till he decided to focus solely on poker. His most recent cash was $86,000 in the Aria High Roller 49.

These are some of the top players. Others include: Justin Bonomo, Jason Mercier, Fedor Holz, Erik Siedel, and others. The tournament starts May 28th and runs till June 1st.

Phil Ivey Wins Appeal in Edge Sorting Case

Phil Ivey has won an appeal on the edge sorting case by the United Kingdom Supreme Court. He maintains his innocence and stated he was merely using “edge sorting”. Edge Sorting is a form of sorting the cards giving the player and edge based on the patterns on the back of the cards. The appeal will give him more time to present his case. In November, the court ruled against him in the case where he was unable to collect nearly 8 million GBP in casino winnings from the Crockford casino.
Many people have speculated the reason the court gave the first decision to the Mayfair and other casinos that since joined in not paying Ivey is the close relation between the tax roll the casinos provide to the local governments. It would almost be impossible to break that bond. Ivey used what is called edge sorting.
Edge sorting is really paying attention to the cards and noticing the patterns. These are only on certain makers of cards. To play using edge sorting, you have to notice the patterns on the cards and have high and low cards separated. Players can bet accordingly by noticing the differences in the high and low cards.. Call the makers of the cards in this case. Many casinos have since chosen card makers whose design makes it impossible to detect.

“Last November’s Court of Appeal ruling made no sense to me. The original trial judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of 2 to 1,” said Ivey, in a statement released by his legal team.
He went on to say, “I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is the right thing to do in my circumstances, and for the entire gaming industry. I look forward to the Supreme Court reversing the decision against me.”
Ivey has two cases at the same time . One is at the Crockford Casino in London and the other at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Both cases involve millions of dollars. The amazing thing is these casinos invited him to play in the first place. This is not only a Phil Ivey case. There was a winner in New York who won a jackpot at slots only to be told it was a machine malfunction. Similarly, the jackpot winner will have to pursue the case in court, but they probably don’t have the deep pockets of Phil Ivey. And this has probably happened and the public doesn’t always find out.
The Borgata case is also not over. The court ruled Ivey had to pay back the $10.1 million he won playing Baccarat from the Borgata in 2012. That ruling has also moved on to appeal. It will be important to take notice of the results. If a casino can get away with not paying winners does it make sense to essentially give them free money.