Erik Seidel bracelets: wins ninth WSOP title

Poker legend Erik Seidel has won his ninth career World Series of Poker bracelet, and his first in an online event.

Seidel claimed bracelet number nine after outlasting a 624-player field in the 2021 World Series of Poker Online $10,000 Super MILLION$ No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. He also cashed $977,842 for the win and has recorded nearly $39 million in tournament earnings during his poker career. From that total $6.7 million has been won in WSOP events.

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The WSOP bracelet win was Seidel’s first since 2007 when he won the $5,000 World Championship No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  Seidel is now tied with the legendary Johnny Moss for third-most WSOP bracelet wins. The duo sits behind 10-time bracelet winners Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey and Johnny Chan, and the all-time WSOP bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth who has won 15.

Heading into the final table of the Super MILLION$ Francisco Benitez was the chip leader while Seidel sat seventh in chips among the remaining nine players. First to be knocked out was Rui Ferreira after his Ace-King was bested by Thomas Muehloecker’s pocket Jacks.

Departing in eighth place was former WSOP bracelet winner Isaac Brown. After losing a substantial amount of his chips when his pocket Jacks was topped by pocket Queens, his tournament ended when his Queen-Jack wasn’t good enough against Chin-Wei Chien’s pocket Aces.

Seidel recorded his first elimination next after sending Claas Segebrecht packing in seventh place. Segebrecht got all-in with pocket nines but came up short against Seidel’s pocket Kings.

Joachim Haraldstad was the next to go in sixth place after his Ace-Eight was beat by Benitez’s Ace-King. Fifth place went to Chien after his pocket fours lost to Muehloecker’s pair of Aces, and Shyngis Satubayev bowed out in fourth place after his pocket tens succumbed to Bentiez’s pocket Queens.

With three players remaining Seidel sat third in chips with Benitez holding 35.1 million. Muehloecker 16 million, and Seidel 11.4 million. Muehloecker was the first of the three to be eliminated after getting all his chips in against Benitez while holding As-10. Benitez had Ad-Qs and after board showed 7d-4c-2d-Kh-Jd Muehloecker was out.

At the outset of heads-up play Seidel was well behind with 12.1 million chips to Benitez’s 50.2 million. Seidel picked up a key double up early on after his pocket Queens topped Benítez’s pocket Jacks. He took the chip lead a few hands later after calling Benitez on a bluff.

On the final hand of the tournament Seidel limped in from the button for 700,000 and Benitez raised 2.8 million. Seidel three-bet all-in and Benitez made a quick call. Seidel had Ah-8h while Benitez showed Ac-Kd. The flop showed Jh-10c-4h giving Seidel a flush draw. The Ad on the turn meant Seidel needed a heart on the river to win. He got it when the 3h hit on the river to give him the win.

Here’s a look at the tournament payouts, and Seidel’s WSOP bracelet history.

  1. Erick Seidel – $977,842
  2. Francisco Benitez – $759,419
  3. Thomas Muehloecker – $589,785
  4. Shyngis Satubayev – $458,043
  5. Chin-Wei Chien – $355,729
  6. Joachim Haraldstad – $276,269
  7. Claas Segebrecht – $214,558
  8. Isaac Baron – $166,632
  9. Rui Ferreira – $129, 410

Erik Seidel’s WSOP bracelets

1992 – $2,500 Limit Hold’em – $168,000

1993 – $2,500 Omaha 8 or Better – $94,000

1994 – $5,000 Limit Hold’em – $210,000

1998 – $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw – $132,700

2001 – $3,000 No Limit Hold’em – $411,300

2003 – $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha – $146,100

2005 – $2,000 No Limit Hold’em – $611,795

2007 – $5,000 World Championship No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball – $538,835

2021 – $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller Online – $977,842