Erik Seidel

Name
Erik Seidel
Nickname
Sly
Country
United StatesUnited States
City
Las Vegas, Nevada
Total winnings
$ 23,416,651
Cashes
205
First place Finishes
27

Biography

Erik Seidel is one of the winningest and best known players in poker history. He is the remaining member of poker's old generation, but is still able to compete in the modern field collecting poker's major titles and trophies.

Intro

Erik Seidel is one of the most recognized faces in poker. With more than $20 million in career winnings, eight World Series of Poker bracelets and one World Poker Tour title, numerous money finishes in all of the world's major poker tournaments and a place in the Poker Hall of Fame, Seidel is nothing but poker's living legend.

Background

Born in New York City in 1959, Erik Seidel always had a gifted mind for games of all kinds. He took up backgammon while in college and soon dropped out to pursue a professional career playing the game. New York’s famous Mayfair Club was like a second home to Seidel. There he was able to hone his skills against some of the best players around.

Seidel traveled around playing backgammon tournaments for about eight years before making some forays into the stock market. With more and more people indulging in poker at the Mayfair Club, Seidel decided to give it a shot. Poker wasn’t his only source of income though, as Seidel took up a regular job as a stockbroker with much more of a secure income. The security of a regular paycheck went out the window though in 1987 when the stock market crashed and Seidel lost his job. Luckily, he still had poker.

World Series of Poker

The Mayfair Club was growing with players and Seidel soon became one of the best of them, along with the likes of Howard Lederer and Dan Harrington. It was around this time that Seidel took a shot in Vegas at the 1988 World Series where he ended up placing second in the Main Event to the world renowned Johnny Chan. A few years later in 1991, Seidel would return to place second in another WSOP event. It would only take one more year for his wrist to be wrapped in WSOP gold.

In 1992, Seidel captured his first bracelet followed by a second bracelet in 1993. Another year later saw Erik walk away from the WSOP with another bracelet. The 1998 was another good year at the Series for Seidel. He was able to cash four times and win his fourth bracelet. One more year later, Erik made a run at the WSOP Main Event again, this time placing fourth for almost $280,000.

Taking the next logical step, Seidel moved out to Vegas with his wife and from there the winnings just seemed to pile up. The years 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007 all saw Seidel walk away from WSOP with more gold wrapped around his wrist to give him a total of eight bracelets.

Erik Seidel's Top 8 WSOP Results

YearEventPlacePrize
1992$2,500 Limit Hold'em1st$168,000
1993$2,500 Omaha 8 or Better1st$94,000
1994$5,000 Limit Hold'em1st$210,000
1998$5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw1st$132,750
2001$3,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em1st$411,300
2003$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha1st$146,100
2005$2,000 No-Limit Hold'em1st$611,795
2007$5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw1st$538,835

World Poker Tour

The WSOP isn’t the only place Seidel shines. He had a deep, second-place run at the Jack Binion World Poker Open in 2002 along with wins at Festa Al Lago II and III, where he secured wins in both events. In 2008 Seidel took down the Foxwoods Poker Classic WPT Event for almost $1 million.

Erik Seidel's Top 4 EPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2008Foxwoods Poker Classic $9,700 Championship1st$992,890
2011Hollywood Poker Open $9,600 Main Event2nd$155,103
2004Festa al Lago III $10,000 Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship4th$165,000
2009Bellagio Cup V $15,000 Championship Event6th$164,640
2007Spanish Championship €7,500 Championship Event8th€50,300 ($70,670)

European Poker Tour

Despite his success at the WSOP and WPT tables, it wasn't until 2011 that Seidel cashed in an EPT event. It all changed at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure when Seidel made two final tables finishing in 3rd and 4th place at the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em - 6 Max, and $25,000 High Roller events respectively for a total of $340,000.

Erik Seidel's Top 4 EPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2011PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em - 6 Max3rd$ 46,560
2011PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller4th$295,960
2012Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller6th€153,600
2012EPT Grand Final €10,000 Main Event46th€25,000

Other Achievements

In 2008 Seidel came close to winning the biggest poker event in the southern hemisphere, the Aussie Millions. He finished the Main Event in second place just behind Russia's Alexander Kostritsyn and took home almost $900,000 in prize money. He then returned to Australia in 2011 for an even more impressive performance. At first Seidel finished in third place at the A$100,000 No-Limit Hold'em event and then a week later conquered the A$ 250,000 Super High Roller taking home a total of over $3 million in cash.

Two months later Seidel won the NBC National Heads-Up Championship for $750,000 and then in May, 2011 he scored another $1 million cash by winning the $100,000 Super High Roller Event at the Ninth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic.

Sponsorship

Seidel has been working at Full Tilt Poker as a member of the site's design team and was a Team Full Tilt member until the site lost its e-gaming license in 2011.

Did you know?

  • Seidel's smallest tournament cash was the $555 he won after finishing in fifth place in the $300 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the Global Pot Limit No Limit Open in Los Angeles in 2000.
  • Seidel became a professional poker player only because of the 1987 stock market crash.

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Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
2014 Aussie Millions
$100,000 Challenge3rd1,076,000 AUD
$10,600 Main Event10th100,000 AUD
2013 EPT Barcelona
Super High Roller2nd€557,100
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #62: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event560th$21,495
Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em170th$4,462
Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em174th$2,283
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout14th$5,555
Event #21: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)9th$33,090
2013 Aussie Millions
$25,000 Challenge3rd125,000 AUD
2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
€50,000 Super High Roller6th€153,600
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 60: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit)11th$22,386
Event 44: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em261st$1,937
Event 33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em153rd$2,767
Event 30: $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball13th$4,682
Event 26: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha18th$13,282
Event 14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout95th$5,295
The 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final
Main Event46th€25,000
2011 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #7: €10,400 Main Event Championship21st€37,000
Event #5: €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em (Split Format)12th€26,618
Epic Poker League Event #2
Main Event4th$184,100
Epic Poker League Event #1
Main Event2nd$604,330
2011 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo33rd$10,091
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo58th$4,188
$ 10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship13th$32,057
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout17th$13,368
$ 1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo32nd$6,868
Ninth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic
$ 100,000 Super High Roller Event - No Limit Hold'em1st$1,092,780
2011 Hollywood Poker Open
$ 9,600 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event2nd$155,103
NBC National Heads-Up Championship 2011
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em1st$750,000
2011 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 25,100 High Roller Event1st$144,570
$ 5,100 Heads-Up Championship5th$14,500
2011 Aussie Millions
A$ 250,000 Super High Roller No Limit Hold'em1st2,500,000 AUD
A$ 100,000 No Limit Hold'em3rd625,000 AUD
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em - High Roller Event4th$295,960
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - 6 Max3rd$46,560
FullTiltPoker.com - Doubles Poker Championship
$ 50,000 No Limit Hold'em - Qualifying Match 81st$5,000
FullTiltPoker.com Poker Million IX
Runners-Up Heat3rd
Heat 32nd
2010 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Ante Up For Africa Charity Event5th$29,926
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 85th$85,800
$ 10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championships6th$41,270
$ 1,500 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball14th$4,404
NBC National Heads-Up Championship 2010
$ 20,000 No Limit Hold'em2nd$250,000
2010 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 5,100 No Limit Hold'em10th$9,460
2010 Aussie Millions
A$ 10,000 Pot Limit Omaha1st120,000 AUD
2009 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 5,000 H.O.R.S.E.4th$21,049
Late Night Poker 2009
Heat B7th
Bellagio Cup V
$ 15,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event6th$164,640
2009 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Ante Up For Africa Charity Event4th$51,601
$ 50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E.8th$162,381
$ 10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Hold'em19th$24,066
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em7th$24,919
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em22nd$21,026
2008 North American Poker Championship
C$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em10th56,868 CAD
2008 World Series Of Poker - Europe
£ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em19th£28,960
2008 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo4th$68,304
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha21st$19,257
$ 10,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud5th$92,825
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout24th$16,920
Foxwoods Poker Classic 2008
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - WPT Event1st$992,890
2008 World Poker Challenge - WPT
$ 7,500 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event16th$28,099
2008 Aussie Millions
A$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event2nd1,000,000 AUD
2007 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 15,000 Doyle Brunson Classic - No Limit Hold'em55th$28,905
WPT Spanish Championship
€ 7,500 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event8th€50,300
2007 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 World Championship No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball1st$538,835
$ 1,000 S.H.O.E66th$1,528
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em - Six Handed40th$6,429
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout34th$6,757
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em - Six Handed40th$5,844
Poker After Dark II
$ 20,000 Week 14 - Bracelet Winners4th
Bay 101 Shooting Stars
$ 9,600 WPT Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em27th$30,000
2007 Aussie Millions
A$ 100,000 $100,000 Hold'em Event2nd550,000 AUD
Poker After Dark
$ 20,000 Week 55th
Fifth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em7th$29,795
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em17th$8,235
Festa Al Lago V Poker Tournament
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event52nd$12,525
2006 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Hold'em34th$7,106
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em128th$2,874
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em49th$9,094
$120,000 Full Tilt Poker Pro Showdown
$ 120,000 No Limit Hold'em4th
Mandalay Bay Poker Championship
$ 10,000 WPT Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em48th$13,440
2006 WSOP Circuit - Caesars Las Vegas
$ 10,000 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em12th$27,504
2006 Borgata Winter Open - WPT
$ 9,700 WPT Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em33rd$14,783
2005 Monte Carlo Millions
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em75th
2005 World Poker Finals
$ 10,000 WPT - No Limit Hold'em31st$20,700
2005 Ultimate Poker Classic
$ 5,000 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em38th$8,000
Ultimate Poker Challenge
$ 10,000 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em8th$18,300
2005 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em6th$59,545
$ 10,000 Pot Limit Omaha8th$46,530
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Hold'em16th$11,235
$ 2,000 Pot Limit Omaha9th$23,130
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em1st$611,795
2005 Mirage Poker Showdown
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em8th$11,146
2005 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 9,603 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em Championship9th$77,498
Five-Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em32nd$5,984
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em4th$24,444
2004 World Poker Finals
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Day - WPT12th$92,338
2004 Festa al Lago III Poker Tournament
$ 10,000 The Doyle Brunson North American No Limit Hold'em Poker Championship4th$165,000
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Day1st$217,839
2004 Ultimatebet.com Poker Classic
$ 6,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Day53rd$8,000
2004 Plaza Ultimate Poker Challenge
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em4th$2,700
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em1st$8,000
Championship Poker
$ 10,000 No-Limit Hold'em9th$12,000
Festa al Lago II
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em1st$175,347
2004 World Series of Poker
$ 2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split3rd$38,740
$ 2,000 Limit Hold'em18th$4,220
$ 1,500 No-Limit Hold'em20th$5,740
$ 1,500 Limit Hold'em39th$2,520
2003 Bellagio Five-Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 10,000 WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship19th$17,458
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Omaha1st$95,059
$ 2,500 Limit Hold'em7th$9,761
2003 Four Queens Poker Classic
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em2nd$24,450
2003 United States Poker Championship
$ 9,800 No Limit Hold'em Main Event2nd$223,146
2003 World Series of Poker
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em3rd$105,480
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha6th$17,800
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha1st$146,100
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em11th$9,080
2003 Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic WPT Championship
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em18th$4,888
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em3rd$33,700
Euro Finals of Poker 2003
€ 3,000 Pot Limit Omaha2nd€61,220
The Fourth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em3rd$38,024
Crown Australasian Poker Championships - 2003
A$ 1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em2nd35,000 AUD
A$ 2,000 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo4th9,200 AUD
2002 United States Poker Championship
$ 7,500 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event2nd$124,200
3rd Annual 49'er Gold Rush Bonanza
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main WPT Event9th$9,000
2002 Four Queens Poker Classic
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em10th$1,310
Hall of Fame Poker Classic 2002
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em3rd$14,340
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em1st$20,300
2002 Legends of Poker
$ 1,000 Omaha Hi/Lo9th$1,120
Grand Slam of Poker 2002
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em3rd$6,985
2002 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em11th$8,180
$ 2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em3rd$38,580
Bellagio High Buy-in Tournament Series
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em4th$6,063
$ 3,100 Mixed Games (Stud/Omaha 8/Limit Hold'em/No Limit Hold'em)1st$45,832
2002 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em5th$6,320
$ 1,000 Omaha Hi/Lo17th$1,476
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em4th$12,900
The Third Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
$ 10,000 No Limit Texas Hold'em Championship2nd$258,020
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Texas Hold'em15th$1,398
2001 Four Queens Poker Classic
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship Event8th$9,094
$ 500 Pot Limit Hold'em5th$2,400
Linda Johnson Celebrity Challenge 2001
$ 10 No Limit Hold'em - Alex Brenes Challenge7th$985
2001 World Series of Poker
$ 3,000 Texas Hold'em (no limit)1st$411,300
$ 3,000 Texas Hold'em (pot limit)4th$39,460
$ 1,500 Omaha (pot limit)10th$5,010
2000 United States Poker Championship
$ 7,500 No Limit Hold'em Championship18th$3,975
Poker Million 2000
£ 250 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo8th£1,338
2000 Legends of Poker
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em5th$4,680
Global Pot Limit No Limit Open
$ 300 Pot Limit Omaha5th$555
2000 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha17th$4,485
The First Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship10th$7,159
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha3rd$22,931
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em10th$1,266
1999 United States Poker Championship
$ 1,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split5th$3,685
California State Poker Championship 1999
$ 300 Omaha Hi-Lo Split7th$1,232
1999 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship4th$279,500
$ 5,000 Limit Hold'em17th$5,500
Euro Finals of Poker 1999
FF 3,000 No Limit Hold'em6th13,100 FRF
1998 United States Poker Championship
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em6th$3,690
1998 World Series of Poker
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em4th$43,560
$ 5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw1st$132,750
$ 3,000 Hold'em Pot Limit17th$5,160
$ 2,500 Omaha Pot Limit3rd$40,800
1998 Four Queens Poker Classic
$ 500 Limit Hold'em Shootout1st$16,400
International Pot-Limit Rendezvous
$ 2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em1st$16,000
1997 Legends Of Poker
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em1st$39,375
1997 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Limit Hold'em3rd$56,000
$ 3,000 Limit Hold'em5th$28,950
$ 2,000 Limit Hold'em4th$70,720
1997 Four Queens Poker Classic
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha9th$2,905
1996 Four Queens Poker Classic
$ 5,085 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Finals5th$15,400
1996 Legends of Poker
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em4th$10,750
Grosvenor European Open Championships
£ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em Main Event4th£10,400
1996 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Omaha Pot Limit6th$16,313
$ 1,500 Omaha Pot Limit14th$4,215
Amarillo Slim's Superbowl of Poker
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em2nd$13,110
1995 Four Queens Poker Classic
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em4th$37,100
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha1st$60,000
1995 Legends of Poker
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event5th$15,400
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em5th$9,075
$ 1,000 Limit Hold'em6th$5,715
1995 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship151st
$ 2,500 Limit Hold'em7th$11,625
Aviation Club de France - Opening Festival
FF 5,000 Pot Limit Hold'em7th5,000 FRF
LA Poker Classic IV
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha3rd$15,450
Queens Poker Classic V
$ 500 Pot Limit Hold'em6th$8,010
1994 World Poker Finals
$ 2,000 Limit Hold'em5th$7,420
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em3rd$7,800
Hall of Fame Poker Classic 1994
$ 1,500 Chinese Poker2nd$9,000
Queens Poker Classic Summer Edition
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em3rd$32,000
10th Annual Diamond Jim Brady
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em1st$75,600
1994 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Limit Hold'em1st$210,000
$ 2,500 Limit Hold'em14th$5,300
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em6th$12,968
Queens Poker Classic IV
$ 500 Limit Hold'em12th$1,618
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em8th$2,520
1993 World Poker Finals
$ 2,000 Limit Hold'em5th$4,400
1993 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Limit Hold'em15th$3,725
$ 2,500 Omaha 8 or Better1st$94,000
$ 1,500 Hold'em Pot Limit15th$3,060
1993 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event4th$22,500
Queens Poker Classic III
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em2nd$36,000
Hall of Fame Poker Classic 1992
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em17th$1,380
1992 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Limit Hold'em1st$168,000
Queens Poker Classic II
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em2nd$100,000
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em16th$1,016
Hall Of Fame Poker Classic 1991
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em7th$7,125
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha9th$2,340
1991 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Limit Hold'em2nd$105,000
Hall Of Fame Poker Classic 1990
$ 2,000 Limit Hold'em4th$23,010
Hall of Fame Poker Classic 1989
$ 5,000 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em8th$11,600
4th Annual Diamond Jim Brady
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em1st$144,000
1988 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship2nd$280,000
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