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Is Erik Seidel the Greatest Ever?

by Brendan Murray |  Published: May 01, 2011

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Erik Seidel could fairly be described as the quiet man of poker. He doesn’t evoke media obsession like Phil Ivey or have the opinionated personality of Daniel Negreanu. But what he does have after his victory in the NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship in the U.S. in March is the highest poker tournament earnings of all time – $14.7 million. The eight-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner ousted Negreanu from atop the all-time money list with his victory over 2003 world champion Chris Moneymaker in the 64-player invitational event, bringing his 2011 earnings to almost $4.5 million – he’s won three events and made six final tables since the turn of the year. Seidel’s win in the heads-up event is all the more remarkable given he was runner-up in the event last year. Seidel has been around for a long time as his appearance with Jonny Chan in ...


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