Erik Seidel is one of those poker pros that people never really notice. He is not nearly as famous as some of the players on the circuit even though he has had more success than most of them. He has been playing poker professional for twenty five years and he has been a very consistent performer throughout that time. The result is a career that most people would envy.
Erik Seidel got his start as a professional backgammon player in the early eighties. This was something that he was very good at but he decided that he could make more money on the stock market than he could playing backgammon so he gave up the game professionally to take a job as a stock broker. While working as a stock broker he also started to play poker at night. In 1987 when the stock market crashed Seidel lost his job so he decided to turn to poker to earn a living. This has proved to be a good decision.
Having been a professional poker player for twenty five years Erik Seidel has built a reputation as one of the most consistent players in the game. He has won eight World Series of Poker bracelets without ever becoming a well known player outside of the world of serious poker buffs. He is in fact the only player to win a bracelet in three straight years.
A big part of the reason that Erik Seidel is not a well known poker player is his low key style. Unlike a lot of players these days he does not spend a lot of time talking while at the table, he just sits quietly and plays his hand. While this may have kept him out of the limelight the approach that he has taken has worked for him with more than eight million dollars in career winnings.
In addition to his World Series of Poker wins Erik Seidel has won several other tournaments as well. In addition to his wins he has made several finals tables. In fact one of the keys to his success is that he is a very consistent money winner. He may not win every tournament that he enters but there is a pretty good chance that he will finish in the money.
When he is not playing in poker tournaments Erik Seidel spends a great deal of his time playing in cash games. He lives in Las Vegas so he has lots of opportunities to play in these. Most of the top pros have figured out that they can make a lot more money playing in cash games than they ever could playing in tournaments. Nevertheless Erik Seidel continues to make tournament play his priority, given the success that he has had it is hard to argue with this decision.