Erik Seidel Keeps Winning – 6 Final Tables, 3 Titles, and Over $4.2 Million in 2011!

By Robbie Strazynski
March 10, 2011

In 2010, Erik Seidel won over $530,000 playing poker. To most normal humans, this would be life-changing money, or at the very least it would represent their best-ever year in poker earnings, probably never to be repeated. Erik Seidel, on the other hand, is no normal human – with over $4.3 million won so far this year, his total half-million-plus earnings from last year represent just about 9 days of 2011 “work”.

Seidel Wins Heads-Up Championship

To better put that number in perspective, Erik Seidel, who now sits atop the all-time career tournament money list (ahead of Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey), has won more in about 3 months of this year than all but 77 other poker players in their entire careers (and many of those guys just have 1 big score at a WSOP event). The Cardplayer Lifestyle poker blog already wrote about Seidel’s incredible 2011 poker accomplishments just over a month ago, but after adding 2 more titles over the past 6 weeks, the L.A. Poker Classic High Roller event and the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, Seidel is clearly worthy of yet another headline.

Seidel Wins in L.A.

His more “minor” score occurred when Seidel defeated 17 other nosebleed stakes regulars at the $25,000-buy in event in Los Angeles. With only 3 players cashing, Seidel took home the lion’s share of the $444,000+ prize pool (about $145,000). Seidel kept up his trend of defeating the best of the best crop of poker pros at the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, where he steamrolled his way to a $750,000 win. Left in his wake were, literally, a murderers row of poker players, including: Allen Cunningham, Jennifer Harman, Phil Gordon, Vanessa Selbst, Andrew Robl, and Chris Moneymaker. Unlike his handful of other 6-figure cashes this year, the Heads-Up title could be said to be Seidel’s sweetest victory thus far, as he was freerolling – meaning $750K of pure profit!

Having accomplished so much in such a short span of time, perhaps only Seidel himself is capable of accurately quantifying his successes: “Each success has been a step… Each tournament has felt like a gift… Each result’s been incredible. It’s been a really amazing thing to go through… I really don’t know, it seems amazing… Obviously it’s a crazy aberration… This is a once in a life deal…truly unbelievable.”



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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded in 2009. A veteran member of the poker media corps, in addition to writing and video presenting, Robbie has hosted multiple poker podcasts over the years, including Top Pair, the Red Chip Poker Podcast, The Orbit, and the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of Poker Hall of Famer Eli […]


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