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Erik Seidel: Poker Legend Continues To Crush High Roller Circuit After Three Decades Of Success

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Jul 08, 2015


Erik Seidel is one of the most accomplished and revered poker players in history, having won eight World Series of Poker bracelets, a World Poker Tour event, and an additional 19 live tournament titles. With more than $24.4 million in live tournament earnings, the 55-year-old poker legend sits in third place all-time behind only Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu. Seidel grew up in New York City playing backgammon before moving on to trading stock options on Wall Street. After the 1987 stock market crash, he moved onto poker, playing at the famed Mayfair Club along with future poker greats such as Stu Ungar, Steve Zolotow, Dan Harrington, and Mickey Appleman. Seidel’s first recorded tournament cash is perhaps his most notorious accomplishment, for after he finished second in the 1988 WSOP main event to Johnny Chan, he was immortalized in the 1998 cult classic poker movie Rounders. But despite nearly 30 ...

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