Erik Seidel Wins NBC Heads-Up Championship

Erik SeidelThe NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship drew to a conclusion yesterday and saw the special invitational event taken down by Erik Seidel. The accomplished live tournament pro was recently inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and this win confirms that he is on one of the hottest streaks of his lifetime, having won the Aussie Millions Super High Roller, followed up with a win in the LAPC High Roller event, and now winning the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship for $750,000.

His line-up of heads-up matches in the road to victory comprised of playing against tough opponents like Allen Cunningham, PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst, fellow Full Tilt Pro’s Jennifer Harman and Phil Gordan, Andrew Robl, and 2003 WSOP Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker.

In the first match against Moneymaker in what was the deciding heads-up match to determine the eventual winner, Seidel steadily chipped away during the confrontation until Moneymaker was down to 13 big blinds. In the final hand, Seidel made a min-raise on the button with A-2 and Moneymaker shoved all-in. Seidel called and Moneymaker showed T-9. The flop came down Js-8h-5d flop which made things interesting with a straight draw out there, but the 7h on the turn ensured a double up for Moneymaker.

His comeback would be brief though. Just a few hands later, both players got it all-in on a flop of Jc-9h-4c. Seidel had top pair with J-6 against Moneymaker’s Q-T for another open-ended straight draw. The turn was the Ac and the river the Js which gave Seidel trips and the first match.

Match Two and the final match of the 2011 NBC Heads-up Championship was a much closer affair. Both players traded blows until eventually Moneymaker decided to check-raise all-in on a 9-5-5 flop with K-T and just king high. Unfortunately for the former WSOP ME champion it was bad timing since Seidel flopped trips had Moneymaker was drawing dead on the turn. Moneymaker finished as the runner-up and Seidel won his third major tournament of the year.

In 2011, Seidel has amassed more than $4 million in winnings. Even though playing in high buy-in tournament with smaller fields may tend to exaggerate Seidel’s run good, he is still very deserving of the credit for beating some of the best poker players in the world. Some of his most valuable attributes which contribute to his success include his consistency and remarkable talent he has for the game. Even though the year is just getting started, it is already shaping up to be an incredible year for Seidel.