Seidel Snags $2.5 Million in Super High Roller
How do you appeal to the poker elite in a world of almost weekly $10,000 buy-in events and constant media and television exposure?
Easy. Create the largest buy-in event in history and don't tell anyone until three days before the event.
This year's Aussie Millions did just that when a couple of days ago they announced a Super High Roller's Event with the highest buy-in in poker history at a hefty $250,000.
Initially, this event was intended to be a winner-take-all event. Then again, they did not expect to get much more than a single table for this tournament.
When 20 of the world's elite showed up with $250,000 each, the structure was quickly changed to pay out the top three players. First place in this event received $2.5 Million.
This event was heavy with Full Tilt Poker red pros, including Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Chris Ferguson, David Benyamine, Hall of Famer Erik Seidel and online poker legend Annette Obrestad.
Tom Dwan was also in the field, but he did not last long, getting knocked out in 18th place. Other names of interest were Dan "Jungleman12" Cates, Sam Trickett, Eugene Katchalov and WSOPE Main Event winner James Bord.
Erik Seidel took the early chip lead in this event after busting out James Obst and pretty much controlled this event throughout.
The final three players in this event were David Benyamine, Sam Trickett, and Seidel.
Benyamine took a bit of a cooler to be knocked out in third. He was all-in on the turn with A-6 on a board of 10-A-8-A. Sam Trickett called with A-4.
The two were headed to a chop until the river spiked the 4h to give Trickett a full house. Benyamine did take home the consolation prize of $1 Million for third place.
Going into heads-up play, Seidel was well behind Trickett with Trickett holding over a 6 to 1 chip lead. At this point, the tide turned into Seidel's favor with him winning the majority of the hands.
The final hand saw Trickett start with just around 1 Million in chips. He raised to 175k and Seidel called to see a flop of 3s-5h-9h. Trickett checked to Seidel, who in turn bet 150k.
Trickett then check-raised all-in and Seidel made the easy call with Jh-9c. Trickett showed As-Qh and needed an ace, queen, or running straight or flush cards. A king on the turn improved Trickett a bit, but kept Seidel in front.
The river then fell the 10d and this event was over. Trickett finished in 2nd place, good for $1.4 Million
Erik Seidel is the winner of the largest buy-in event in the history of poker. He took home $2.5 Million AUD for this epic win.
This month has been a strong one for Seidel. He finished 4th in the PCA High Roller Event and 3rd at the Aussie Millions 100k challenge. So far this month, Seidel has a staggering $3.46 Million in prize winnings.
In addition, Seidel's win in the Super High Roller moves him up to 3rd in the All-Time Money list. He now trails Phil Ivey by just $71,717 and Daniel Negreanu by just $327,965.