In case you missed it, Dan Colman took down the HK$ 250,000 6-Max Event of the 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series over the weekend for $473,408. This was his third six-figure score of 2017.
Finishing in second was Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel. He earned just over $302k and is in legitimate striking distance of Daniel Negreanu for #1 on Poker’s All-Time Money List.
Seidel turned 57 back in November and while many poker players may be getting to the point where they are beginning to slow down, he appears to be going just as strong as ever.
Having won over $5 million in each of the last two years, it is entirely possible he could overtake Negreanu sometime in 2017. It’s no secret that High Roller events have been good to Seidel, and he is unquestionably one of the most dominant High Roller tournament players in history.
Quietly Crushing High Rollers Since 2011
The modern High Roller event started to become popular in 2011 and early on, Seidel was dominating the events. Prior to 2011, Aussie Millions was one of the few big events to hold a High Roller event with their $100,000 Challenge. In 2011, they added the $250k Challenge and Seidel was a factor in both events.
He finished 3rd in the $100k Challenge for $618k and then became the first ever $250,000 Challenge winner to earn $2.47 million. That’s still the largest individual score of his poker career.
After Aussie Million, Seidel went on to win a $25k High Roller at the LA. Poker Classic and then he won the $25,000 NBC National Heads-Up Championship. Then in May of that year, he won a $100k Super High Roller at the Five Star World Poker Classic for just over $1 million.
His dominance in 2011 earned him the nickname “Seiborg” and established him as one of the game’s premier High Rollers. Below are his scores of $1 million or more in High Roller events since 2011.
- 2011 Aussie Millions $250k Challenge – $2.47 million
- 2011 $100,000 Super High Roller – Five Star World Poker Classic – $1,092,780
- 2015 EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo – €100k Super High Roller – $2,222,222
- 2016 Super High Roller Bowl with 888poker – $2,400,000
In addition to his four seven-figure scores, Seidel has an incredible 24 six-figure scores in open-field High Roller events since 2011. He also has 36 final tables in High Roller tournaments.
Matter of When and Not If He Retakes Top Spot on All-Time Money List
With his recent runner-up finish, Seidel moves up to $31.4 million in lifetime tournament earnings. He is less than $1.5 million behind Daniel Negreanu for the all-time lead. He won $20.6 million of his total since 2011. That’s an average of $3.44 million a year.
Seidel has been in at least the Top 50 of the annual money list almost every year since 2011. The only exception is 2012 when he had an “off year” making just $271k. Here’s his final ranking on the annual money list over the last six years.
Money List Rankings Since 2013
2016 – 11th (5.1 M)
2015 – 4th ($5.09 M)
2014 – 48th ($1.53 M)
2013 – 26th ($2.11 M)
2012 – 401st ($271k)
2011 – 2nd ($6.53 M)
Unless Seidel suddenly forgets how to play poker, it is difficult to see him not overtaking Negreanu within the next year or so. The standard argument is that “Daniel can start winning again” but looking at his past stats, he isn’t winning enough at a time to keep Seidel at bay.
At this point, it is more a matter of when and not if Seidel will once again take over the top spot on the All-Time Money List. His run in 2011 put him on top of the list but Antonio Esfandiari’s 2012 Big One for One Drop victory ended that run.
Erik Seidel doesn’t get the same amount of press as players like Fedor Holz, Dan Colman and other players because he is quietly putting up monster numbers year after year.
He is taking an old school approach to high rollers. He’s letting everyone else enjoy the “glory” of the events while he’s consistently growing his roll.