Online Poker

Erik Seidel’s Incredible Run

by Omar

Eric Seidel's Incredible Run

The game of poker has undergone many changes since the advent of online play.  Over the past several years much debate has taken place over the changing landscape of the poker world; live vs. online players, old school vs. new school, young talent vs. the legends of the game just to name a few.  The rise to prominence of such young superstars as Tom “Durrrr” Dwan, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Patrik Antonius has led many observers to believe that poker is now a young person’s game.  The only real player that has continued to blur these lines is the great Phil Ivey who embodies the best of both worlds.  However, other legends such as Doyle Brunson, Dan Harrington and others that are credited with laying the foundation for the newer generations have tended to fall out of the discussion of the top players in the game today.

One player is trying to change all that. Continuing a trend that began just about a year ago, one of the old regime of players is showing that experience, knowledge and savvy are truly what makes a player great.  This player is Erik Seidel. A year ago, Seidel lost in the finals of the NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship to Annie Duke.  At the time, no one knew it, but it was a foreshadowing of what was to come. Since the start of the 2011 calendar year, Seidel is enjoying one of the greatest runs in tournament poker history.  This past weekend, Seidel avenged last year’s loss by capturing the NBC Heads-Up Title and a $750,000 payday when he dispatched 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker.  The win was impressive, but when stacked against what else Seidel has done in just over two months, it just becomes mind-boggling.

In January, Seidel made the final table at both the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event as well as the $100K buy-in High Rollers Event at the Aussie Millions.  From there, he also captured the crown in the Aussie Millions $250K Super High Roller tournament as well as the $25K High Roller at the L.A. Poker Classic. If that wasn’t enough, for good measure, Seidel also came in 5th at the $5K Heads-Up event in L.A. to cap the run.  All tallied, Seidel captured just over $4.3 million in prize money, vaulting himself into sole possession of 1st place on tournament poker’s all-time money list with $14.6 million.  In the past two months, this extraordinary run enabled him to race past heavyweights Daniel Negreanu and the aforementioned Ivey who now stand in second and third place respectively.

With poker being such a volatile game with its peaks and valleys, no one can really say for sure if Seidel’s winning ways will continue during the remainder of the year. However, no one can question his consistency and if he continues at his current torrid pace, poker fans just may be witnessing the beginning of the greatest single year put together by any player.  For a player so often overlooked by the poker community, no one will ever be able to question the man’s greatness.

    blog comments powered by Disqus