Erik Seidel Takes Lead in All-Time Tournament Money List

Posted at 22:44 2011-03-08

Move over Daniel Negreanu, see you later Phil Ivey and say hello to a new leader of the ‘All Time Money List’, as Erik Seidel has taken down the 2011 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship to sit as the all-time money earner in tournament poker.

Deafeating Chris Moneymaker in the final match of the championship, Seidel would take the title and the $750,000 prize money to sit at $14,697,297 in lifetime earnings, with the win putting Seidel $581,105 above the second placed Negreanu on the list.

The win continued one of the most remarkable runs in recent memory, with 2011 becoming the ‘Year of Seidel’ after he won the historic Aussie Millions Super High Roller event in Melbourne in January, followed by a win in the LAPC High Roller event and capping off his staggering run with his most recent victory.

It seemed for some time that Seidel was destined to become best known for his runner-up finishes, with his second place finish to Johnny Chan in the 1988 World Series of Poker Main Event immortalized in a certain poker movie. Seidel would even finish runner-up in last year’s NBC National Heads-Up Championship after being bested by Annie Duke. With 2011, all that has now changed with Seidel now claiming the title.

There are millions on offer at championship events all around the world almost every second week, so it is unknown how long Seidel’s reign at the top will last, and considering the top ten includes Phil Hellmuth, John Juanda, Scotty Nguyen, Michael Mizrachi, Allen Cunningham and Joe Hachem all within a few million dollars, not to mention Ivey and Negreanu hot on his tail, Seidel will be the first to admit that it will be a tough spot to keep.

“I kind of expect it will be a temporary thing,” he said following his NBC Heads-Up victory.  ”But I’m happy to be there for the moment.”

Not even three months into 2011 and Seidel has amassed over $4 million in tournament earnings, which includes six final tables and three big victories.

We know that Seidel can play poker, with eight WSOP bracelets to his name, a deserved induction into the ‘Poker Hall of Fame’ in 2010 and now becoming the all time tournament money earner, but what is Seidel doing differently to have this incredible run in 2011?

“Well, the only thing I’m really doing different is I hired a poker coach in early January,” Seidel said when asked about his unbelievable start to the year. “But then he lost his job on the TV show ‘Two and a Half Men,’ so now I don’t know what I am going to do.”

A good sense of humour for the veteran poker champion, but then again over $14 million in tournament earnings is bound to keep a player in good spirits.

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Erik Seidel is all smiles following his NBC Heads Up Championship victory Erik Seidel is all smiles following his NBC Heads Up Championship victory

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