Huck Sews the Seeds of Victory at the WSOP’s Tournament of Champions

by Lou on July 12, 2010

Somewhat lost in the hoopla surrounding the WSOP’s main event is the fact that Huck Seed took home $500,000 when he won this year’s Tournament of Champions last week.  Seed, a four-time bracelet winner, beat Howard Lederer and survived a star-studded field to win the event.

The Tournament of Champions player list was established in part by the public voting for their favorite bracelet winners.   The top 20 qualified, along with prior WSOP Tournament of Champion winners and all WSOP main event winners, and two sponsor exemption.

It was a multi-day event with a rather lengthy 16-hour final session. When they were heads-up, Lederer held a chip lead of 468,000 to 342,000 for Seed, who at one point was just one card from defeat and all-in when he made a straight on the river to double through Lederer and move into the lead.

Lederer moved all-in with Q-8 on the final hand, and Seed called with A-2. The board was7-6-6-9-A giving Seed the title of “Champion of Champions” along with a half-million dollar check.

It’s nice to see Huck Seed book a big win. Seed, who was once a poker wunderkind who dropped out of Cal Tech to win the WSOP’s main event and become poker’s next big thing in the days before internet poker created a lengthy list of next big things.  But Seed’s career came unglued for a while and he struggled to persist, so this win is well deserved and well earned for a guy who seems to be on track again.

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