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I first met Erik Seidel at the Bellagio
Casino's Five Diamonds tournament. I was talking to Steve Badger and
Howard Lederer when Erik walked up and said something to the
effect of: "It's the Poker Babe". I was flattered that Erik knew who I was because I had never met him before that day.
Most people who are not very familiar with poker probably know Erik best for the final pot he lost to
Johnny Chan in the 1988 World Series of Poker. It
is famous because the footage was used in the movie Rounders. People familiar with poker know him for being one of the best
No Limit players around. He is well respected by his peers because he is a World Class player, intellectual and a wonderful person.
I have always been impressed with his poker ability and I was even more impressed when I met him in person. Of course, I was
flattered that he knew who I was, but I enjoyed talking with him. Howard and Erik are among the most intelligent poker
players I have met in the industry. They are the type of people I would want to sit down and have dinner with. Not only would
they be able to discuss poker, but they are the type of people that could have stimulating conversations about any topic.
Erik Seidel has made his living at the poker table for many years. He was one of the elite players, along with Howard Lederer, Dan
Harrington, and Steve Zolotow that got their start at the Mayfair Club. He eventually started playing high stakes poker in
Las Vegas and tournaments with larger buy-ins. He has earned himself eight World Series of Poker bracelets in Limit Hold'em
in 1992 and 1994, Omaha High-Low in 1993, No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball in 1998 and 2007, Pot Limit Omaha in 1993 and No
Limit Hold'em in 2001 and 2005.
From what I have observed, patience seems to be a key to his success. I asked Erik if he agreed with me and he said, "I think
patience is one of the skills I have, malleability another perhaps." He went on to say there are many areas that he works on
and has improved on, like his sense of tournament structures and pace, and how different formats call for different styles of play.
Some of Seidel's other notable finishes include second place in the main event of the World Series of Poker in 1988, first
in Pot Limit Omaha at the 2003 Bellagio Five Star World Poker Classic and first in the No Limit event at Festa al Lago in 2004. Erik
plays online at Full Tilt Poker.
Erik Seidel: English,