Erik Seidel was born and raised in New York City, where he started out as a backgammon player. He spent eight years on the backgammon tournament circuit before moving on to the stock market. For years, Erik traded on Wall Street and played poker on the side. Now, he lives in Las Vegas and it’s the other way around, with eight World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and a World Poker Tour title under his belt.
The first time Erik played in the World Series of Poker Championship Event, he finished second. He made it back to the final table of the Championship Event in 1999, where he finished fourth. Erik won his first bracelet in 1994 in the $5K Limit Hold ‘em event. In 2005, he made four final tables at the WSOP and he won his seventh bracelet in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em tournament. In 2007, Erik won his eighth career bracelet, ranking him fourth in the all-time bracelet winning stakes, along with the legendary Johnny Moss.
Erik started 2008 in style, taking second place and AUD$880,000 in prize money at the Aussie Millions Main Event. Just three months later, Erik bettered his results by winning his first World Poker Tour Championship and nearly US$993,000 at the Foxwoods Poker Classic. He continued his fine play at the 2008 WSOP, where he made two final tables, claiming fifth place in the $10K World Championship 7-Card Stud tournament and fourth place in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament.
When not playing in tournaments, Erik enjoys listening to music and playing tennis.