Poker Legend – Erik Seidel

  • Birthdate: November 6, 1959
  • Birthplace: New York City, USA
  • Resides: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Poker legend Erik Seidel started out playing eight years on the backgammon tournament circuit, before becoming a Wall Street trader, when he began playing poker part-time.

He was one of a group of now famous players to emerge from the Mayfair Club, along with Howard Lederer and Dan Harrington.

Erik Seidel World Series of Poker

In his first major tournament, the 1988 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, Seidel placed second to Johnny Chan. The final hand of their showdown was featured in the poker movie Rounders.

He won his first WSOP bracelet five years later in 1994, winning the $5 000 Limit Hold’em tournament.

Seidel made the final table at the Main Event again in 1999, finishing fourth, while in 2005 he made four final tables at the WSOP.

While he is yet to win the WSOP Main Event, Seidel won his eighth WSOP bracelet at the 2007 World Series of Poker, tying Johnny Moss for fourth place on the All-Time List of WSOP Bracelet Winners.

Seidel has had 48 money finishes at the World Series of Poker over his career to date.

Other Poker Tournaments

Seidel enjoys playing in Las Vegas, with most of his notable finishes coming either at the WSOP or the Bellagio. He is currently the only player featuring on the Top 10 all-time money lists for both venues.

This year, Seidel has already claimed a 2nd place at the Aussie Millions Main Event, for which he claimed AU$1 million. This is the most prestigious tournament outside of North America, reaffirming Seidel’s ongoing status as one of the top tournament players in the world and a living poker legend.

Erik Seidel Trivia

  • As of 2007, Seidel’s live tournament winnings exceed $7 million.
  • He enjoys listening to music and playing tennis.