Eric Seidel Moves To 3rd On Poker Money List After $2.5m Aussie WinJanuary 27, 2011 9:30 am
Eric Seidel has just won the Aussie Millions $250K Super High Roller, after defeating a field of 20 players over a single day to lift the title, as well as collect the whopping $2.5 million first place prize.
The tournament’s huge $250,000 entrance fee made it the biggest buy-in tournament in poker history and commenting on his victory after taking down the lion’s share of the $5 million prize pool, Seidel said:
“I’m really, really excited to win this. This was very special because it’s such an elite field. The entry fee was so big, I didn’t want to lose $250,000. I’m just having such an amazing month, year so far. It’s just incredible.”
The incredible month which Seidel is referring to is one in which the US poker legend has now earned a staggering $3.46 million in January alone to move up to 3rd place on poker’s All Time Money List. Those wins include a 4th place finish at the PCA $25k High Roller Event for $295,960 and a 3rd place finish at the Aussie Millions $10k NL Event for $618,139.
As the $250k tournament got underway, the small but incredibly talented field included such notable players as Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, David Benyamine, John Juanda, Daniel “jungleman12” Cates, Annette Obrestad, Roland de Wolfe, Chris Ferguson, Sam Trickett and Andrew Feldman.
Eventually, as the competition reached the heads-up phase Seidel found himself facing a huge 5 to 1 deficit against an incredibly in form Sam Trickett.
“It didn’t look good and it didn’t feel good,” said Seidel. “I thought well, I’m obviously not laying down. I’ll sit and play and hope things go well and then they did.”
Three-quarters of an hour into their heads-up battle and Seidel had already managed to reverse his fortunes with the final hand of the tournament coming after he was dealt a Jh-9c to his opponent’s As-Qh. With the flop falling 3s-5h-9h, Trickett check-raised Seidel all-in, who then made the call to eliminate Trickett in 2nd spot for a $1,384,631 pay-day.
In the meantime, Poker Hall of Famer Seidel collected $2.5 million for his deserved win and now sits in 3rd spot on poker’s All Time Money List with $13,788,227 in prize money.