Erik Seidel Biography
Career Winnings: $7,043,567
2007 Winnings: $1,026,797
Bluff/ESPN Ranking: 62nd
Cardplayer Ranking: 746th
Erik Seidel is well-known thanks to the movie Rounders, which makes legendary the final hand of the heads-up match between Erik Seidel and Johnny Chan at the 1987 World Series of Poker where Johnny Chan defeated Erik to win the first of his two consecutive WSOP Main Event victories.
Erik has had an excellent 2007 that includes a second place finish at the Aussie Millions tournament and six cashes at the World Series of Poker. Erik won his eighth WSOP bracelet at the 2007 WSOP $5000 World Championship No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event.
Erik Seidel is a man who loves competition. He dropped out of college to become a professional backgammon player and joined the prestigious Mayfair Club in New York. He got his first taste of poker when he was in Las Vegas to participate in a backgammon tournament. A poker study group formed when he returned to New York, a group whose members included future pros Howard Lederer and “Action” Dan Harrington.
Erik made a successful living as a poker player, but decided to go to work on Wall Street to have a steady income. The stock market crash of 1987 sent Erik Seidel back to poker, only two years after he quit poker to earn a stable income.
Erik and his family moved to Las Vegas after his meeting with Johnny Chan in the WSOP so that Erik could be a full-time poker player. Erik Seidel has now won eight WSOP bracelets, but is still most remembered for the hand he played against Johnny Chan.
Visit Erik at his official website – ErikSeidel.com