2018 WSOP Event 52: Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship ($296,222)
Scott Seiver has done about all there is to do in poker. He's conquered online poker, crushing in both tournament and cash games. He's become a regular player in live high-stakes cash games and won a WSOP bracelet among $23 million in live tournament earnings.
But he admitted winning a piece of WSOP gold still matters, and that's exactly what he did when he won his second bracelet, defeating a field of 114 in Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship.
"I'll be honest," he said. "It matters a lot to me. It really does. I feel that I've really accomplished most things that I've set out to do in poker so far and honestly, even more than that."
|1||Scott Seiver||United States||$296,222|
|2||Matt Szymaszek||United States||$183,081|
|3||Anthony Zinno||United States||$129,186|
|4||Christopher Chung||United States||$93,009|
|5||Matt Glantz||United States||$68,352|
|6||Philip Cordano||United States||$51,296|
|7||Dan Zack||United States||$39,329|
|8||Michael Moore||United States||$30,821|
|9||Ken Deng||United States||$24,700|
Seiver's motivation to grind at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has appeared to wane in recent years, something he admitted has been the case as lucrative summer cash games have drawn his attention. He went for a mere $3 in the $25K fantasy draft after insisting to peers he'd be scarce at the Rio for the fourth or fifth consecutive year, planning to play only four or five events.
I feel that I've really accomplished most things that I've set out to do in poker so far and honestly, even more than that."
However, in a lull in the Stanley Cup finals — Seiver counts himself an avid hockey fan and said he attended all of the Las Vegas Golden Knights home games — Seiver squeezed in a shot in $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball. He got second to Johannes Becker, a result that didn't set well.
"I was so upset that I didn't get a bracelet," Seiver said. "If I either won that tournament or didn't cash, I probably wouldn't have played another tournament all summer."
So, Seiver has been a regular presence once again, and he made a run despite last-minute registering the Limit Hold'em Championship. Upon making Day 3, he decided he'd like to don something special if he made the final table to celebrate the upset victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a New York Democratic primary.
"I believe she'd be the first-ever active registered socialist to make it to U.S. Congress," said Seiver, who actively shares his political thoughts and opinions on Twitter. "I've been a really big fan of her and her message."
So, he called up Alan Sass 30 minutes before play. Less than an hour later, a courier arrived bearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the prospective Congresswoman's face. A surprised Seiver admitted he was impressed by the amazing speed of the delivery and he stored it away in case he made the final table.
Seiver challenged for the chip lead early but by the time play was five-handed, he found himself at the bottom of the counts with Matt Glantz. Seiver said ICM implications slowed him down at that point.
"Honestly, I got somewhat lucky that he went out somewhat soon-ish and I was able to play more for the win at that point," Seiver said. "I made a couple big hands which is really what you need in this game and it helped catapult me up out of the danger zone."
Seiver leaned on his skill and experience playing big-limit cash poker — he's a participant in many of the biggest games in Vegas — and climbed up into the lead. He hit a three-outer to bust fellow bracelet winner Anthony Zinno, who led for most of the day. That left Seiver heads up with Matt Szymaszek.
Though the match was short, it proved very swingy. Seiver started off down 2-1 in chips but went on a dominant rush and had Szymaszek down to a couple of bets. Down nearly 10-1, Szymaszek erased that deficit and moved back into the lead.
"My heart was going about a thousand miles a second," said Seiver, who certainly turned serious for heads-up play after laughing and joking for much of the final table.
Seiver picked off a big bluff and then won another pot with jacks up. With limits so big — less than 30 big bets remained on the table — that was all it took to take another big lead and finish off Szymaszek.
While limit hold'em is generally considered to be an old-school game, Seiver's win continues an embrace of limit poker that began in his post-Black Friday years when he moved to Las Vegas to more fully explore the live poker scene.
"The World Series still has a certain panache that you don't find in other situations. So, this is very special to get this bracelet and I hope to get many more in the future."
"I really became enchanted with the mixed games," he said. "Honestly, it's exciting to learn new games and try new things. I think it's a natural progression for almost every single poker player.
"I really enjoy all the different aspects of the different games. I like the feel of a limit table better. It's more friendly, it's more camaraderie. There's a lot of laughing and joking throughout the day. I really just enjoy limit more and I've done well and I'm happy with that."
The WSOP schedule, of course, remains populated with limit and mixed events. And with Seiver's ever-increasing skill in those formats, it seems it's only up to him whether he will add to his bracelet count. As long as he can find time to step away from the cash games, he'll be a favorite in just about anything he enters — starting with the $10,000 Razz Championship, which he said he plans to register after sleeping off the win.
And to hear Seiver tell it, the motivation to grind for bracelets is back for the moment.
"I feel I like to be judged by what my peers think of me more than my actual results," he said. "But, the World Series still has a certain panache that you don't find in other situations. So, this is very special to get this bracelet and I hope to get many more in the future."
In this Series
- 1 2018 WSOP Event 1: Jordan Hufty Wins First WSOP Gold in $565 Casino Employees
- 2 2018 WSOP Event 2: Elio Fox Wins First Ever WSOP $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $393,693
- 3 2018 WSOP Event 3: Joe Cada Wins 2018 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT for $226,218
- 4 2018 WSOP Event 4: Julien Martini Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($239,771)
- 5 2018 WSOP Event 5: Nick Petrangelo Wins WSOP $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller ($2,910,227)
- 6 2018 WSOP Event 6: Jeremy Perrin Wins The GIANT Turning $365 Into $250,966
- 7 2018 WSOP Event 7: Roberly Felicio Wins the 2018 WSOP COLOSSUS for $1,000,000
- 8 2018 WSOP Event 8: Johannes Becker Wins $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball ($180,455)
- 9 2018 WSOP Event 9: Paul Volpe Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 10 2018 WSOP Event 10: William ‘Twooopair’ Reymond Wins $365 WSOP.com ONLINE Event ($154,996)
- 11 2018 WSOP Event 11: Tim Andrew Triumphs in the $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015, Mizrachi Fifth
- 12 2018 WSOP Event 12: Jeremy Harkin Wins $1,500 Dealer's Choice for $129,882
- 13 2018 WSOP Event 13: Benjamin Moon Wins $1,500 Big Blind Antes for $315,346
- 14 2018 WSOP Event 14: Daniel Ospina Wins First Bracelet for Colombia in 2-7 Lowball Draw
- 15 2018 WSOP Event 15: Andrey Zhigalov Wins $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $202,787
- 16 2018 WSOP Event 16: Justin Bonomo Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in $10K Heads-Up Championship
- 17 2018 WSOP Event 17: Ognyan Dimov Wins Third Bracelet for Bulgaria in Event #17 ($378,743)
- 18 2018 WSOP Event 18: Adam Friedman Wins Second Bracelet in $10K Dealer's Choice
- 19 2018 WSOP Event 19: Craig Varnell Wins $565 Pot-Limit Omaha ($181,790)
- 20 2018 WSOP Event 20: Jeremy Wien Conquers $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $537,710
- 21 2018 WSOP Event 21: Arne Kern Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER ($1,173,223)
- 22 2018 WSOP Event 22: Philip Long Wins $1,500 Eight Game Mix ($147,348)
- 23 2018 WSOP Event 23: Brian Rast Wins Fourth Bracelet in 2-7 Lowball Championship, Brunson 6th
- 24 2018 WSOP Event 24: Michael Addamo Wins Event #24: $2,620 MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em
- 25 2018 WSOP Event 25: Benjamin Dobson Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 26 2018 WSOP Event 26: Filippos Stavrakis Dedicates WSOP PLO Bracelet ($169,842) to His Brother
- 27 2018 WSOP Event 27: John Hennigan Wins 2018 WSOP $10K HORSE for Fifth Bracelet and $415K
- 28 2018 WSOP Event 28: Fortunate River Gives Gal Yifrach First WSOP Bracelet & $461K Prize
- 29 2018 WSOP Event 29: Hanh Tran Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw ($117,282)
- 30 2018 WSOP Event 30: Ryan Bambrick Wins First Gold Bracelet in Dominating Fashion
- 31 2018 WSOP Event 31: Steven Albini Wins $1,500 Stud to Deny Jeff Lisandro 7th Bracelet
- 32 2018 WSOP Event 32: Matthew Davis Tops Biggest Seniors Event Ever to Win $662,983
- 33 2018 WSOP Event 33: Michael Mizrachi Wins His Third Poker Players Championship Title
- 34 2018 WSOP Event 34: Robert Peacock Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,000 DOUBLE STACK
- 35 2018 WSOP Event 35: Yueqi Zhu Claims First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Mixed Omaha
- 36 2018 WSOP Event 36: Farhintaj Bonyadi Wins Event $1,000 Super Seniors ($311,451)
- 37 2018 WSOP Event 37: Eric Baldwin Wins Second Bracelet, Dedicates it to His Father
- 38 2018 WSOP Event 38: Yaniv Birman Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship ($236,238)
- 39 2018 WSOP Event 39: Preston Lee Captures $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Bracelet ($236,498)
- 40 2018 WSOP Event 40: Scott Bohlman Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Big Bet ($122,138)
- 41 2018 WSOP Event 41: Robert Nehorayan Wins $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $173,568
- 42 2018 WSOP Event 42: Shaun Deeb Gets Revenge on Ben Yu to Win $25K PLO for $1,402,683
- 43 2018 WSOP Event 43: Timur Margolin Takes Down $2,500 NLHE for $507,274
- 44 2018 WSOP Event 44: Nicholas Seiken Wins $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Championship for $287,987
- 45 2018 WSOP Event 45: Mario Prats Garcia Wins $1,000 Big Blind NLH For $258,255
- 46 2018 WSOP Event 46: David Brookshire Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo 8 ($214,291)
- 47 2018 WSOP Event 47: Matthew 'mendey' Mendez Wins First WSOP Online PLO Bracelet ($135,077)
- 48 2018 WSOP Event 48: Tommy Nguyen Wins Monster Stack for $1,037,451
- 49 2018 WSOP Event 49: Loren Klein Wins $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $1,018,336
- 50 2018 WSOP Event 50: Jay Kwon Wins $1,500 Razz ($125,431)
- 51 2018 WSOP Event 51: Ryan Leng Ships First WSOP Gold in $1,500 BOUNTY ($272,504)
- 52 2018 WSOP Event 52: Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship ($296,222)
- 53 2018 WSOP Event 53: Couden Tops Elezra, Matusow, Negreanu, and Fitoussi to win $1,500 PLO8
- 54 2018 WSOP Event 54: Portugal's Diogo Veiga Wins $3K Big Blind Antes ($522,715)
- 55 2018 WSOP Event 55: Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther Win the $1K Tag Team for $175,805!
- 56 2018 WSOP Event 56: Calvin Anderson Wins His Second Bracelet in the $10K Razz ($309,220)!
- 57 2018 WSOP Event 57: Jessica Dawley Wins the WSOP Ladies Championship for $130,230!
- 58 2018 WSOP Event 58: Tribe Has Spoken: Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet for $616K
- 59 2018 WSOP Event 59: Mike Takayama Makes History as the First Filipino to Win a WSOP Bracelet
- 60 2018 WSOP Event 60: Galfond Wins 3rd Bracelet in $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 61 2018 WSOP Event 61: Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc Wins WSOP.com $1,000 Championship ($238,778)
- 62 2018 WSOP Event 62: Galen Hall Wins $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em for $888,888
- 63 2018 WSOP Event 63: Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth Wins Second Bracelet in WSOP.com Online High Roller for $341,598
- 64 2018 WSOP Event 64: Matsuzuki Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 65 John Cynn Wins the 2018 WSOP Main Event for $8,800,000!
- 66 2018 WSOP Event 66: Longsheng Tan Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $323,472
- 67 2018 WSOP Event 67: Anderson Ireland Wins $1,500 PLO Bounty for First Bracelet and $141K
- 68 2018 WSOP Event 68: Guoliang Wei Wins Fourth Chinese Bracelet in The Little One for One Drop ($559,332)
- 69 2018 WSOP Event 69: Ronald Keijzer Wins $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for $475,033
- 70 2018 WSOP Event 70: Yaser Al-Keliddar Wins Event #70: $3K Limit Hold'em 6-Handed for $154K
- 71 2018 WSOP Event 71: Phil Hellmuth Wins 15th Career Bracelet in $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em!
- 72 2018 WSOP Event 72: Jordan Polk Wins $1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO for $197,461
- 73 2018 WSOP Event 73: Denis Timofeev Bests Leo Margets to Win the $1,000 Double Stack Turbo
- 74 2018 WSOP Event 74: Shaun Deeb Wins Second Bracelet of the Summer in $10,000 6-Max ($814,179)
- 75 2018 WSOP Event 75: Joe Cada Wins His Fourth Career Bracelet in The Closer ($612,886)
- 76 2018 WSOP Event 76: Brian Hastings Wins the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E and 4th Bracelet
- 77 2018 WSOP Event 77: Ben Yu Wins Third Bracelet in $50,000 High Roller $1,650,773