Erik Seidel Biography



seidel-pic Erik Seidel may not be the coolest poker player on the circuit, but he is most definately one of the best.

People know him for his appearance on the film Rounders where the impression is of him being totally outclassed by Johnny Chan in the 1988 WSOP Main Event. This is far from the case. As well as being runner-up in the main event that year (which was his first major tournament ever) he has won no less than 8 WSOP Bracelets, and now over $9 million in career tournament winnings

He was born on 6th Nov 1959 in New York City, and the big apple gave him his baptism and apprentiship into the world of gaming.

Mr Seidel started off as a backgammon player, playing on the backgammon circuit for 8 years. He then became a trader on Wall Street, whilst playing some cards as a sideline. He gradually got more and more known at the Mayfair Club.

The Mayfair Club in New York started off life as a bridge and backgammon club, and progressed into poker. Seidel progressed along with it. Amongst the players who gradually became established at the club alongside Seidel were Howard Lederer, Dan Harrington, Steve Zolotow, Jay Heimowitz, and the late Stu Ungar. An illustrious cast of now major stars, I am sure you will no doubt agree.

Around the year 2000 New York started to become much stricter over poker playing loopholes, and The Mayfair was forced to shut down the operation. Seidel and others by now had moved on and made the trip to set up stall in the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Seidel's 8 bracelets in the most prestigious of Las Vegas tournaments (the WSOP) are:
1992 Limit Holdem
1993 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
1994 Limit Holdem
1998 2-7 Loball
2001 NL Holdem
2003 PL Omaha
2005 NL Holdem
2007 2-7 Loball

Right up to the present day Erik Seidel remains one of the very top poker players around. He was recently 2nd in the Aussie Millions Main Event (Jan 2008) winning US$879,028 and won the Foxwoods WPT Event (Apr 2008) winning US$967,390

Stand aside folks for a poker master *applause*