This week saw Poker Hall of Fame 2010 inductee, Erik Seidel, prevail as winner in the $25,000 LA High Roller Tournament. He defeated 18 opponents to lift the title and take home yet another cash prize to add to his 2011 collection.
The prize winnings this time were only a modest $144,570… modest compared to Seidel’s recent achievements in 2011. This is a man who seems to be entering the twilight and the peak of his career at the same time. At 51 years of age, he is one of the older players on the global poker circuit but he is also showing that there is no substitute for experience. 2011 has been an enjoyable year for Seidel so far. His total winnings for 2011 so far exceed $3.6m. He has had success at some high quality events including the Aussie Millions Super High Roller event and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller Event.
This astonishing start to the year has surprised many who felt that ending 2010 by being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame would be as good as it got. Seidel is proving that age can be a virtue and he is arguably the most prolific poker player in the world right now. His winnings so far in 2011 have propelled him above Phil Ivey in the all time winnings table into 2nd place, just behind Daniel Negreanu.
Erik Seidel’s success at the $25,000 LA High Roller Tournament wasn’t necessarily unexpected given his recent form but it has to be questioned when this poker stalwart’s fantastic run will come to an end. If it doesn’t any time soon we could well see the Las Vegas native go on to be labeled as the greatest poker player today.
Seidel might have had a slice of luck when he hit pocket Aces in a three way hand involving the final three competitors. This hand eliminated Bertrand Grospellier instantly in 3rd place and it wasn’t long before Seidel’s tenacious play saw him eliminate a short stacked Darren Elias in 2nd place.
These are exciting times for Seidel who is enjoying a renaissance in his game. After gaining an impressive eight WSOP bracelets, a World Poker Tour title and receiving membership into the Poker Hall of Fame last year, there isn’t much else he can achieve. He is still without a WSOP Main Event Championship and perhaps that is the Holy Grail for him. For now, though, he must be content with continued winnings on the circuit until the WSOP begins in May. It is just a pleasure to see such a talented poker player experiencing the form of his life… and what a life it has been!