Erik Seidel wins Most Expensive Poker Tournament Ever

Erik Seidel must have earned a lot of rakeback over the years to be able to afford the Aussie Millions Super High Roller Event’s $250,000 buy-in. And it turned out to be $250k well spent since Seidel recently won this poker tournament along with the AUD $2.5 million top prize.

The $250,000 buy-in made this the most expensive tournament in poker history, thus helping the event live up to the Super High Roller title. 20 players bought into this tournament including many of poker’s biggest names such as Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Sam Trickett, John Juanda and Dan “jungleman12” Cates. The field also included three infamous Chinese businessmen that have lost millions to Juanda, Ivey and Dwan in Macau poker games.

Two of these businessmen – Wang Qiang and Richard Yong – actually managed to make the final poker table, and give Seidel a tough time. Joining Qiang and Yong on the final table were:

Seat 1 – David Benyamine 258,500 chips
Seat 2 – Nikolay Evdakov 428,000 chips
Seat 3 – Sam Trickett 1,219,500 chips
Seat 4 – Phil Ivey 186,000 chips
Seat 5 – Erik Seidel 619,000 chips
Seat 6 – Andrew Feldman 423,000 chips
Seat 7 – Richard Yong 313,000 chips
Seat 8 – Chris Ferguson 860,000 chips
Seat 9 – Wang Qiang 623,000 chips

The final table action moved fast as UK pro Sam Trickett eliminated five players before meeting Seidel in heads-up play. After the plethora of eliminations, Trickett had four times the amount of poker chips that Seidel had when the matchup started; plus Trickett had momentum on his side after winning the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge earlier in the week (Seidel finished third in this tournament).

Surprisingly, none of this meant anything as Seidel coupled good cards with plenty of savvy play to take the lead. On the final hand, Trickett went all-in with As-Qh on a flop of 9h-5h-3s, and Seidel made a great call while holding top pair (Jh-9c); Trickett failed to get any help from the board as the turn was Ks and the river was 10d.

With the win, Seidel grabbed the aforementioned AUD $2.5 million prize, and he moved into third place on the all-time tournament winnings list with $13,788,227 (Phil Ivey has $13,859,944 and Daniel Negreanu is first with $14,116,192).

Here are the final table results from the $250,000 Aussie Millions Super High Roller Event:

1st place: Erik Seidel, $2.5 million
2nd place: Sam Trickett, $1.5 million
3rd place: David Benyamine, $1 million
4th place: Wang Qiang
5th place: Richard Yong
6th place: Chris Ferguson
7th place: Andrew Feldman
8th place: Phil Ivey
9th place: Nikolay Evdakov

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