Erik Seidel was born on November 6, 1959 in New York, New York and recently moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to be closer to the action at hand. No matter how many tournaments Erik Seidel has gone to or won, and trust us, he has won many – he cannot just seem to shake off the 1988 World Series of Poker Main Event loss to Johnny Chan. Seidel does state that he is all but blocked this game from his memory, the moment is going to actually live forever in the footage that was used for the poker film: Rounders.
Two decades and about eight or so gold bracelets later, people continue to bring the same moment up. However, if anyone deserves to be cut slack, it is him. That tournament was his first year playing at the WSOP and he actually came up from the bottom after going bust nine times in the series right before this Main Event, still relatively novice at the time, he still fared pretty well during the Main Event since he got a heads up play against one of the world’s best pros. After earning all of his poker stripes after years and years of tournaments and those wonderful cash game plays online, he can personally claim his seven WSOP titles of his own.
His life started out pretty simple, just like most people. He was a gifted competitor right from the start and loved playing games. When he was 12 years old, he made an appearance on the game show of the time “To Tell the Truth.” His gaming skills did not start to pay off though until he took up the game of backgammon while attending Brooklyn College. This was the 70’s and he saw a lot of opportunity within the game, so he decided to drop out of college and started playing the game professionally. He played games at the Mayfair Club and spent most of his time there between tournaments. He played poker games at this time, and started mostly playing casually and for fun. Eventually his gamer’s days became long and a problem so he sought out a 9 to 5 job.
When the stock market crashed, he was out of work and went back to playing games for a living. He joined in on the pro poker player’s action around the table at this time. His game improved and his skills were top notch within a year, he then started asking friends and family to sponsor him and invest money into the WSOP first event. He was able to sign up for 10 of the tournaments. He went bust in all but one of them: the final event. He has gained sponsorship with Full Tilt Poker throughout the years, and is married with children and likes to play tennis, watch independent films, and loves music.