Erik Seidel looking to his opponents

Erik Seidel is a poker player from the United States of America. In total, he’s worth about thirty-seven million point eight million dollars. At sixty-one years old, Erik is one of the most senior poker players considered the best in poker history. He’s also one of the original players from the New York City’s Mayfair Club, ranked up there with men like Stu Ungar, Dan Harrington, and Howard Lederer.

Erik Seidel

He was born on November 6th back in 1959 in New York and is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada. In total, he’s won eight World Series Poker bracelets as well as a World Poker title. In his private life, though, he’s happily married two beautiful daughters, which are the highlight of his life.

As a young man, he started playing professional backgammon. Eventually, he became a trader on the American stock exchange stock market. Then, at some point, became a professional poker player.

His first major poker tournament was the 1988 World Series of Poker Main Event. Erik was the runner-up next to the winner, a man named Johnny Chan. The final hand of this was actually in a movie made in 1998 called Rounders. In 1999, Erik made the WSOP Main Event final table for a second time and came in fourth place. The overall event was won by a man named Noel Furlong.

The WSOP Bracelet

But Erik didn’t earn his first WSOP bracelet until the year 1992. He has eight WSOP bracelets, made over 35 final tables, and over 92 cash prizes. These numbers make him one of the best poker players of all time and highly impressive, even by professional standards.

His largest cash prize was at two point five million dollars at the 2011 Aussie Millions Poker Championship two hundred and fifty thousand dollar Super High Roller NLHE event. In the year 2010, Erik was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

Erik earned his eighth WSOP bracelet in 2007, and some of his most popular bracelets were in the Hold’em, Omaha, and Deuce to Seven Draw events. Only five players in poker history have won more WSOP bracelets than Erik: Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Johnny Moss, and Phil Ivey.

Erik has also participated in the World Poker Tour, also known as the WPT and the European Poker Tour. Erik won the 2008 World Poker Tour Foxwoods Poker Classic and was so close to a million dollars in the World Poker Tour. He earned nine hundred and ninety-two thousand dollars. 

It was April of 2011 when Erik nearly won his second World Poker Tour title during the Hollywood Open event, but he ended up being a runner-up and earned over a hundred thousand dollars instead.

In the European Poker Tour, back in May of 2015, Erik won the 2015 European Poker Tour Grand Final one hundred thousand euro Super High Roller for just over two million euro.