Erik Seidel Vaults to Second in Poker’s All-Time Tourney Winnings

by Lou on March 2, 2011

Kudos to Erik Seidel.  Since his recent election into poker’s Hall of Fame, 51-year-old Erik Seidel showed the world he really belongs among the game’s legends as he moved into second place by overtaking Phil Ivey on poker’s all time live-game tournament money winning list.  He did this when he captured the L.A. Poker Classic’s high roller event at Commerce Casino for $144,570.

Seidel trailed Ivey’s $13,859,944 in live tournament winnings by a smidgen, but his victory ran Seidel’s cumulative tournament winnings to a $13,947,297—only $168,895 behind Daniel Negreanu, who remains in first place.

Seidel, who has had a terrific year thus far, prefers tournaments to cash games, but cautioned, “It’s so easy these days to go through hundreds of thousands just playing tournaments. The fields have grown so much that your wins are bigger these days but sometimes you can go a long while between wins.”

Seidel made five final tables and won $3,592,284 over the course of the past few months and won two of them.  He took down the Aussie Millions $250,000 buy-in event, winning $2,489,747.

If Seidel and Negreanu battle it out for top spot at this year’s WSOP, it will add even more luster to poker’s flagship event.

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