Eric Seidel

Eric SeidelErik Seidel may not be considered one of the biggest names in the game of poker but he is certainly one of the most successful. In a career that has spanned 25 years he has won a staggering eight World Series of Poker bracelets with only five players in the world that have won more.

What sets those five bracelet wins apart from anyone else though is the fact that each of them were at five different variations of poker. His first bracelet came in 1992 when he won the $2,500 Limit Holdem for a payout of $168,000, whilst his final bracelet was won back in 2007 when he took down the $5k 2-7 Draw event for $538,825.

During those 25 years he has also made it to 33 final tables at the WSOP, finished in the money 70 times and came ever so close to a Main Event bracelet in 1988 when he finished second to Johnny Chan.

He also has one World Poker Tour title to his name after taking down the WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic in 2008, which added another $992,890 and has made another three final table appearances and 18 cash finishes on that tour.

To date, his live career earnings stand at more than $17 million with consistent performances coming from him even today. These earnings do not include winnings from his other love which is high stakes cash games. He has always been a regular at some of the highest cash games around, whether televised or not.

Just to further prove the amount of respect that Erik Seidel has amongst both poker fans and players was given in 2010 when both he and Dan Harrington were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. After such a long and successful career it had to be coming eventually and should really have happened ten years earlier in our view.

His most recent cash happened in the World Series of Poker Europe High Roller where he managed to make a deep run and finish in 8th place. Not quite the next bracelet he would have wanted, but again showing his level of consistency in his game.