Seidel Wins 7th WSOP Bracelet

EseidelNo witty headlines for this one.  Just big time props to Erik Seidel for winning his 7th WSOP bracelet in the $2,000 NL Hold’em tournament (the never-ending Event #9).

Seidel outdueled Cyndy Violette for the title.  Heads up, Seidel kept pounding on Violette, continually raising on the button, forcing her to fold.  You wouldn’t expect this type of aggression from someone who looks like an extra from Revenge on the Nerds, but don’t let his looks or his 1988 WSOP loss to Johnny Chan, forever memorialized in the movie Rounders, fool you. Seidel’s been one of the world’s best poker players for almost two decades now, and his win here proves he’s still at the top of his game.

As Seidel kept raising, Violette folded over and over again.  Finally, on the last hand of the tournament, Seidel raised $85,000 on the button, and Violette reraised all-in for $700,000.  Seidel thought about it for some time, and decides to call with pocket eights (8s-8h).  Much to his chagrin, Violette shows pocket nines (9s-9h). But the flop came up 8c-5c-5h, giving Seidel the full house. Violette does not catch a 9 on the turn or river, and settles for second place and $295,970.

Seidel grabs $611,795 for winning Event #9, but more importantly, moves up the charts of all-time greats with his 7th WSOP bracelet (tying him with Billy Baxter).  Only Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Moss, and Johnny Chan have more.


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