Los Angeles, CA
Chris Moneymaker vs. Erik Seidel
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Erik Seidel beat Chris Moneymaker in the finals to secure the 2011 Heads-Up Championship. Too bad for Moneymaker. As soon as he made a run in a televised event with a rare shot to prove that he wasn't a one-hit wonder -- he ran into the hottest player on the circuit, Erik Seidel.
Seidel embarked upon one of the most epic streaks since the inception of "run good" into poker's every day vernacular.
Paradise Island, Bahamas - 4th Place, PCA $25K High Rollers
Melbourne, Australia - 3rd Place, Aussie Millions $100K (AUD) High Roller
Melbourne, Australia - 1st Place, Aussie Millions $250K (AUD) Super High Roller
Los Angeles, CA - 1st Place, LA Poker Classic $25K High Rollers
Las Vegas, NV - 1st Place, NBC National Heads-Up Championship
Erik Seidel - 2011 NBC Heads-Up Champion
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So, what's next for Seidel? When will his run good strike next? It seems as though the next step is a bracelet (or three) at the 2011 WSOP. In 2008, I made a prop bet with one of my colleagues that Erik Seidel was going to become the next player to join the 10 bracelets club...before the end of the Mayan calender. He's got this summer and next to do it.
I have faith that one of two things will happen by December 21, 2012 -- Seidel will have won ten bracelets, or the end of the world is nigh.
By the way... for all of you stat geeks and those who love a good ole juicy controversy over petty things like which events should be included in All-Time Money winners, with a $750,000 score at the NBC HUC, Erik Seidel may...or may not...be at the top of Hendon Mob's list in career earnings. I'm waiting for the Vatican to update their standings before I made an official announcement.
At this point, Erik Seidel has become bigger than the pontiff and transformed into the mythical Midas. All I want to know is...which team is Seidel going to pick to win in his March Madness bracket? I'm gonna bet my entire sportsbetting roll on it.