Erik Seidel Wins Ninth WSOP Bracelet; Ties Johnny Moss in All-Time Standings

Erik Seidel GGPoker WSOP Online 2021

Erik Seidel cemented his status as one of the greatest poker players of all-time with a ninth WSOP bracelet. He defeated Uruguay's Francisco Benitez heads-up to win Event #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller of the 2021 WSOP Online on GGPoker for $977,842.

It has been 14 years since Seidel's last bracelet, but this result sees draws Seidel level with three-time WSOP Main Event champion Johnny Moss on nine WSOP bracelets.

Seidel also becomes the first player with more than five WSOP bracelets to win an online WSOP bracelet.

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Event #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPayout (USD)
1Erik SeidelCanada$977,842
2Francisco BenitezUruguay$759,419
3Thomas MuehloeckerAustria$589,785
4Shyngis SatubayevMontenegro$458,043
5Chin-Wei "davidchien88" ChienTaiwan$355,729
6Joachim HaraldstadNorway$276,269
7Claas SegebrechtAustria$214,558
8Isaac BaronMexico$166,632
9Rui FerreiraBrazil$129,410

Note: Countries as per GGPoker client

Read More: Before the Game - Erik Seidel the Trader

Erik Seidel

Seidel Among the Greats

Having dropped out of college to pursue poker, New York's famous Mayfair Club became almost a second home to Seidel as he began to hone his poker skills among the very best players in the world.

He cashed for the very first time in the World Series of Poker in 1988, finishing second to Johnny Chan in a hand made famous by the movie 'Rounders'. Seidel would follow that up with another runner-up finish three years later, before clinching his first WSOP bracelet in 1992.

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By 2007, Seidel had won bracelets in five different games: Limit Hold'em, No-Limit Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Pot-Limit Omaha and 2-7 Single Draw.

Since then, Seidel has never finished higher than fourth in a WSOP bracelet event. His most recent close call was a fourth place in the 2015 WSOP $10,000 2-7 Single Draw Championship, finishing fourth. However, a strong performance at the 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event, finishing fifth, proved that he was still capable of strong tournament performances.

And so it was today. Against a star-studded final table that featured two former Super MILLION$ champions, Seidel battled back from seventh in chips at the start of the final table to clinch a ninth WSOP bracelet.

My First WSOP: Erik Seidel Meets Johnny Chan The Master in 1988

Erik Seidel WSOP Bracelets

1992$2,500 Limit Hold'em1st$168,000
1993$2,500 Omaha 8 or Better1st$94,000
1994$5,000 Limit Hold'em1st$210,000
1998$5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw1st$132,750
2001$3,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em1st$411,300
2003$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha1st$146,100
2005$2,000 No-Limit Hold'em1st$611,795
2007$5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw1st$538,835
2021(O)$10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller1st$977,842

All-Time WSOP Bracelets

1Phil Hellmuth15
2=Phil Ivey10
2=Johnny Chan10
2=Doyle Brunson10
5=Erik Seidel9
5=Johnny Moss9
Seidel draws level with Johnny Moss (l) in the all-time WSOP bracelet standings
Seidel draws level with Johnny Moss (l) in the all-time WSOP bracelet standings

Final Table Recap

It didn't take long for nine to become eight following the elimination of Rui Ferreira, and just half an hour later Seidel had manouevred himself from seventh to first in chips ahead of Francisco Benitez. The lead would change hands back and forth as Isaac Baron fell in seventh and former Super MILLION$ champion Claas Segebrecht was sent to the rail in sixth.

Benitez then started to edge ahead of the chasing pack, with the Uruguayan's chip stack growing to more than 25 million as the short stacks continued to battle it out. This battling caught out Seidel, as following the eliminations of Joachim Haraldstad and Chin-Wei Chien in sixth and fifth place respectively, the WSOP legend found himself bottom of the pile, albeit with 30 big blinds.

It took a cooler for the deadlock to be broken four-handed, with Benitez the beneficiary. Holding queens he snap-called the shove of Shyngis Satubayev with tens, to send the Kazakh player to the rail and open up an enormous chip lead, now holding more than the rest of the chips in play.

And that chip lead would grow even further following the elimination of Thomas Muehloecker, with Benitez again snap-calling a shove this time with ace-queen against Muehloecker's ace-ten to hold more than a 4:1 chip lead heads-up.

Heads-Up Play

There were just 20 minutes of heads-up play, but it was action-packed from the off with Seidel scoring a huge double-up with queens against jacks, flopping a set to cut Benitez's lead. Not only did this get Seidel back into the contest, but just a handful of hands later it was Seidel opening up a 2:1 lead and looking to close out the match.

The final hand (350k/750k) saw Erik Seidel limp with A8 and Francisco Benitez three-bet to 2.8 million with AK. Seidel thought about it before moving all in, putting Benitez to the test for his last 26 million, which at this stage was still almost 35 big blinds. Benitez called.

The flop 410J gave Seidel a flush draw and the turn was the A. Seidel needed an eight or a heart on the river, with the 3 giving him a flush to eliminate Benitez and secure victory

PokerNews WSOP Online Live Reporting

Live coverage of the 2021 WSOP Online continues right here on PokerNews all this week with the conclusion of Event #13: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship taking place on Wednesday, August 18. After that, we bring you two days of coverage of Event #14: $500 THE BIG 500. Head to GGPoker for your last chance to jump into the BIG 500!

  • Seidel defeated Uruguay's Francisco Benitez heads-up in the $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller for $977,842

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