Aussie Millions Poker Players, Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel is right up there with the legends of poker. He is one of the top five WSOP bracelet winners, and has had remarkable success in his chosen profession, having won over US$7 million and counting.
The New Yorker by birth first tried his hand at backgammon and when this proved to be a bit tame for the budding star, he took to the stock market. The market didn’t intrigue overmuch and after a bit of soul searching he flung himself ‘full tilt’ into the arena of professional poker. He is currently part of the design team of the online card room, Full Tilt Poker.
The Mayfair Club
He learnt his trade at one of the most famous card clubs in New York, the celebrated Mayfair Club. Here he had the right kind of competition – the elite of the NY card world – and the stakes were known to be pretty high. He competed against the likes of Steve Zolotow, winner of the 2001 Pot limit Hold Em, Paul Magriel who clinched the 2002 No Limit Hold ‘Em at the Aviation Club de France, Dan Harrington, winner of the 1995 WSOP main event and Howard Lederer, co-host of the popular TV show, ‘Poker Superstars’.
The Mayfair Club was the perfect training ground for young up and coming American poker stars until the authorities closed it down in 2000. It is illegal to profit from poker or operate a poker club in New York, although playing poker is not outlawed.
Seidel’s first big success was at the 1988 WSOP main event when he came in second to Johnny Chan. From then on in it was one success after the other and his time at the Aussie Millions has also seen relative success – in 2007 he won AUS1.550 million for coming first and second in event eight – Pot Limit/No Limit Hold ‘Em, and in 2008 he was runner-up to Alexander Kostritsyn and walked away with a very cool million! He boasts a lofty 48 money finishes.
World Series of Poker Bracelets
To date he has won an incredible 8 WSOP bracelets, and is fifth on the all-time bracelet winners list. His name is right up there with the other incomparable masters of the game – at number one is the legendary Phil Hellmuth with 11, closely followed by Doyle Brunson with 10, and then it is the two Johnnys tying with 9 bracelets each – Johnny Chan and Johnny Moss. These bracelets, designed by premier jeweller, Corim, are very valuable and diamonds, gold, rubies, platinum and sapphires are just some of the precious stones and metals which have been used in the design of these bracelets over the years.
A bracelet is awarded to the winner of each and every event at the WSOP and it has been likened to the green jacket of the Masters Golf Tournament, or the claret jug of the Open Golf Championship in the UK.