Born in 1959, Erik Seidel has eight shiney WSOP bracelets on his arms, one WPT championship under his belt, and more than $9.2 million in career cashes in his bank account. He’s also in the Top 10 WSOP All-Time Money List. Before playing poker, Seidel played backgammon at the Mayfair Club in New York, where he met long-time friend, Howard Lederer. After playing backgammon for eight years, he tried trading stocks on Wall Street while playing poker as a hobby. In 1987 the stock market crashed, and he was already on his way to Vegas to play poker full-time.
He debuted at the 1988 WSOP, finishing 2nd place in the Main Event, losing to Johnny Chan, and his famous knockout hand was showcased in the film, Rounders. It wasn’t until 1992 that he won his first WSOP bracelet. He cashed $170K in the $2K No-Limit Hold ‘em event and then went on to win his 2nd bracelet in the 1993 WSOP $2.5K Omaha Eights-or-Better, landing a $94K cash win. He saw his 3rd bracelet in the $5K Limit Hold ‘em event with a $200K payout in 1994 and his fourth in 1998 at the $5K Deuce to Seven Draw event that paid $130K, showing that Seidel was a well-rounded player and in it for the longrun.
His 5th bracelet followed in 2001 on the $3K No-Limit Hold ‘em event that paid him more than $400K. In 2003 came another bracelet at the $1.5K Pot-Limit Omaha event, and in 2005, he made it to four final WSOP tables. It was here that he won his 7th bracelet, tying him at 4th place with Johnny Moss for the All-Time Top 100 List.
He continued winning tourneys, including the 2003 $2.5K Fiesta al Lago II No-Limit Hold ‘em tournament and in 2008, he placed 2nd in the Aussie Millions, winning him just shy of $1 million. In 2008 he won his 1st WPT title and about another million at the Foxwoods Poker Classic. He also made two more final tables in the 2008 WSOP and one in 2009. Seidel is the only WSOP player to win bracelets three years in a row, and his total career winnings come to more than $6.6 million. He’s got to be one of the most consistent poker players of all times with a resounding track record than spans more than three decades.