While the poker world is focused on the exploits of high rollers such as Fedor Holz, Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel has quietly moved past $30 million on the All-Time Money List.
He did so earlier this month with a 4th place finish in the HK $200,000 Suncity Cup event at the Triton Super High Roller Series. Last weekend, he made a pair of final tables in Aria High Roller Events to push his earnings to $30.62 million.
Many poker players begin winding down their poker careers in their 50s. Seidel is one of the few players that have defied normal poker logic and is getting better as he ages. Let’s take a quick look at his dominance in Super High Roller events.
I was very cautious driving home https://t.co/6jAdktNQkF— Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) October 29, 2016
Seidel’s Second Career Began in 2011
Back in 2011, Seidel put together a career year at the tables thanks to insane success in High Roller Events and taking down the NBC Heads-Up Championship. His success that year earned him the nickname “Seiborg” due to his dominance at the tables that year.
What we didn’t know at the time was that 2011 would spark a resurgence in the career of Erik Seidel. Since that time, Seidel has went on to win over $20.27 million in live tournaments, making up over two-thirds of his career earnings.
Can't wait to play Hard Rock tmw, I've been cupping every day since the WSOP & I think I'm peaking— Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) August 12, 2016
Here is a look at Seidel’s earnings since 2011:
- 2011 – $6.53 million
- 2012 – $271,774
- 2013 – $2,117,841
- 2014 – $1,536,877
- 2015 – $5,093,703
- 2016 – $4,723,332
During that run, Seidel had four of his top 5 career scores with the largest coming when he won the A$250,000 Super High Roller Event at Aussie Millions. Below is a quick list of his top five career scores.
- 2011 Aussie Millions – A$250,000 Super High Roller – 1st – $2.47 million
- 2016 Super High Roller Bowl – 3rd – $2.4 million
- 2015 EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo – €100,000 Super High Roller – 1st – $2.22 million
- 2011 Five Star World Poker Classic – $100,000 Super High Roller – 1st $1.09 million
- 2008 WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic Main Event – 1st – $992,890
For his career, Seidel has 16 scores of $500,000 or more. Only four of those were before 2011. Only six of those score were in “regular” poker events.
For a time, Seidel moved up to #1 on Poker’s All-Time Money List. Daniel Negreanu now holds the top spot thanks in part to his runner-up finish in the 2014 Big One for One Drop.
Obviously there is a luck element in poker, especially short term, but the fact that it's a game of skill is beyond argument— Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) July 17, 2016
Presently, Negreanu has $32.61 million in earnings, less than $2 million more than Seidel. Judging from recent performances, Seidel is on pace to overtake Negreanu for #1 overall sometime in 2017.
Like a Fine Wine – Seidel Just Gets Better With Age
Erik Seidel just turned 57 earlier this month. Most poker players at that age are beginning to slow down and often are not as sharp as they were in their 20’s and 30’s. Erik Seidel is a true enigma of poker. He is one of the few players in our game that is improving as he ages.
Some may argue that his stats and his perceived ability are skewed due to playing in high roller tournaments. If he had just put together that insane run in 2011 and then rarely performed well afterwards, that argument would hold.
However, every year Seidel is showing up at high roller final tables around the world. And the game is filled with some of the best poker talent in history. The eight-time WSOP bracelet winner regularly defeating players half his age and doing so with a quiet grace that has exemplified his career.
It's a lot easier to lose chips than it is to win them— Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) July 16, 2016
Already a Poker Hall of Famer, Erik Seidel has accomplished nearly everything that a poker player can short of winning the WSOP Main Event. At his current pace, Seidel is poised to overtake the top spot on the All-Time Money List.