Erik Seidel is an American professional poker player from Las Vegas, who has won eight World Series of Poker bracelets and a World Poker Tour title. He has two daughters. In 2010, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Seidel was born in New York City, he played professional backgammon in his youth. He became a trader on the American stock exchange stock market, moved on to poker. Seidel was one of the group of now famous players from the former Mayfair Club in New York City, including Stu Ungar, Jay Heimowitz, Mickey Appleman, Howard Lederer, Jason Lester, Steve Zolotow, Paul Magriel, Dan Harrington. In his first major poker tournament, Seidel was runner-up in the 1988 World Series of Poker Main Event to Johnny Chan; this final hand was featured in the 1998 movie Rounders. Seidel made the WSOP Main Event final table again in 1999, finishing in fourth place in the event won by Noel Furlong. Seidel won his first WSOP bracelet in 1992 and won his eighth and most recent bracelet in 2007 Seidel has won bracelets in five different games, including Hold'em, Deuce to Seven Draw.
Only five players in the history of the WSOP have won more bracelets than Seidel: Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Johnny Moss, Phil Ivey. During the sixth season of the World Poker Tour, Seidel won the 2008 WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic, earning $992,890. In April 2011, Seidel came just short of winning his second WPT title at the Hollywood Open, he finished as the runner-up and won $155,103. In May 2015, Seidel won the 2015 European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for €2,015,000. In January 2007, Seidel finished in second place in the Aussie Millions $100,000 event and took home $550,000, beaten by Erick Lindgren in Heads-Up play when he moved all-in with KJ of hearts on a two-heart flop and Lindgren called with a pair of aces and his 7 kicker became an eventual straight. In January 2008, Seidel finished in second place in the Aussie Millions $10,000 main event and won $1,000,000. In March 2010, Seidel finished in second place in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship and collected $250,000 after a 2–1 loss to Annie Duke in the final.
In January 2011, Seidel finished in fourth place in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller Event for $295,960 went on that month to take 3rd in a A$100,000 buy-in Aussie Millions tournament for $618,139. Just five days Seidel pocketed $2,472,555 when he won the Super High Roller Event at the Aussie Millions. In February 2011, Seidel won the High Roller Event at the LA Poker Classic for $144,570. In March 2011, Seidel won the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, defeating 2003 World Champion Chris Moneymaker in the final; the $750,000 he collected for the win moved him into first place on the all-time tournament money list. In May 2011, Seidel won the $100K Super High Roller event at the WPT World Championship for $1,092,780, he defeated. In August 2011, Seidel finished runner-up to David Rheem in the $20,000 buy-in 6-Max No Limit Hold'em tournament at the inaugural Epic Poker League for $604,330, which brought his earnings for 2011 to over $6.2 million. As of January 2019, his total live tournament winnings exceed $34,600,000 of which $5,388,532 have been won at the WSOP.
His 101 WSOP cashes rank him second all-time. Erik has won over $5,000,000 in poker earnings in years 2011, 2015, 2016; as of January 2017, while many players have made over $5 million in a year no other player has done this more than once. In January 2016, Seidel was ranked #28 on the Global Poker Index.. Seidel has won eight WSOP bracelets in his storied poker career, his eight bracelets rank sixth all-time. PokerListings biography
Brad Daugherty (poker player)
Brad Daugherty is a professional poker player. Daugherty began playing poker in 1969 on a high school trip. Following high school he worked in the construction industry, but after hearing of large prize money for tournament winnings, in 1978 he moved to Reno, Nevada. In 1987 he won his first tournament, he was awarded the first million-dollar first-place prize at the World Series of Poker when he won the bracelet in the 1991 Main Event, finished in ninth place in 1993. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,700,000, his 19 cashes as the WSOP account for $1,158,574 of those winnings. Daugherty is the co-author with Tom McEvoy of Championship Satellite Strategy and No-Limit Texas Hold'em for New Players, he is married, has three sons, resides in the Philippines, where he attempted to raise money for impoverished families by putting his 1991 WSOP bracelet up for auction on eBay twice in 2010 and 2011, with it going unsold both times due to bids not meeting his reserve price. Hendon Mob tournament results
James Gary Bechtel is an American cotton farmer and poker player, now based in Gilbert, Arizona. He is best known for winning the 1993 Main Event at the World Series of Poker. At the time of his WSOP win, he lived in Arizona. Bechtel began playing poker as a recreational player near his home in Arizona while working as a cotton farmer, he cashed for the first time in the World Series of Poker, coming close to winning a WSOP bracelet in 1979 when he finished runner-up to Perry Green in a $1,500 no limit Texas hold'em event. Bechtel followed up this showing with several more final table appearances at the WSOP tournaments. Bechtel first cashed in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event in 1986, he made the final table of the Main Event in 1988, finishing in 6th place in the tournament, won by Johnny Chan who earned his second consecutive world championship title. Bechtel earned $49,000 for his 6th-place finish. At the 1993 WSOP Main Event, Bechtel reached the final table in second chip position with $631,000.
He went on to eliminate the 1990 World Champion Mansour Matloubi and professional poker player John Bonetti. Bechtel went on to defeat his final opponent professional Glenn Cozen, who in the third hand of heads-up play raised all-in with a short-stack of chips, Bechtel called the bet without first looking at his cards which were J♠ 6♠ while Cozen only held the 7♦ 4♥, the five community cards dealt were 10♥ 3♥ 8♣ 2♣ 5♦ and since neither player's hand improved Bechtel won the title on the strength of the Jack-high alone. Bechtel earned the top prize of $1,000,000 and the WSOP bracelet, becoming the first amateur player to win the WSOP Main Event since Hal Fowler won the 1979 World Series of Poker Championship. Bechtel finished in the money of the Main Event in 1986, 1988, 1989, 2001. Bechtel was one of the players to make the final table of the inaugural $50,000 H. O. R. S. E. Event of the 2006 World Series of Poker, won by the late Chip Reese; the players at the final table for this event were one of the most accomplished groups of poker players to sit at a WSOP final table.
The table included two world champions, Bechtel himself and Doyle Brunson, WSOP bracelet winners T. J. Cloutier, Phil Ivey, Dewey Tomko, Chip Reese, as well as established professionals David Singer who has since won a bracelet, Patrik Antonius, Andy Bloch who finished runner-up in the tournament. Bechtel was eliminated after his pocket 7. Bechtel earned $549,120 for his fourth-place finish. In 2009, Bechtel competed in the WSOP Champions Invitational tournament, open only to players who have won the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event at the World Series of Poker; the tournament drew 20 out of the 24 living former world champions, the ten-handed final table was broadcast by ESPN. Bechtel finished fourth place in the tournament, won by 1983 World Champion Tom McEvoy. Bechtel has cashed in four tournaments, his highest cash was 10th place in the season two Five Diamond World Poker Classic, held at the Bellagio. He earned $34,917, his other three cashes were at the season two Bicycle Casino Legends of Poker, the season three WPT World Championship, the season four L. A.
Poker Classic. Bechtel has earned a total of $106,940 from his cashes on the WPT. Aside from the WSOP and WPT, Bechtel has made numerous cashes and has won two other major tournaments, his first major tournament victory was at the 1992 Hall of Fame Poker Classic, where he won the $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament, earning $214,000. In 1994, he won the Queens Poker Classic IV $2,500 buy-in No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw event, earning a prize of $60,750. Since he has cashed in many different tournaments and made more than a dozen final table appearances, his most recent major tournament cash was 48th place in the 2010 Arizona Poker Championship $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event. As of 2012, his total tournament winnings exceed $2,500,000, his 23 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,838,861 of those winnings
Houston is the most populous city in the U. S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Located in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, the fifth most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA. With a total area of 627 square miles, Houston is the eighth most expansive city in the United States, it is the largest city in the United States by total area, whose government is not consolidated with that of a county or borough. Though in Harris County, small portions of the city extend into Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. Houston was founded by land speculators on August 30, 1836, at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837.
The city is named after former General Sam Houston, president of the Republic of Texas and had won Texas' independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles east of Allen's Landing. After serving as the capital of the Texas Republic in the late 1830s, Houston grew into a regional trading center for the remainder of the 19th century; the arrival of the 20th century saw a convergence of economic factors which fueled rapid growth in Houston, including a burgeoning port and railroad industry, the decline of Galveston as Texas' primary port following a devastating 1900 hurricane, the subsequent construction of the Houston Ship Channel, the Texas oil boom. In the mid-20th century, Houston's economy diversified as it became home to the Texas Medical Center—the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located. Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing and transportation.
Leading in healthcare sectors and building oilfield equipment, Houston has the second most Fortune 500 headquarters of any U. S. municipality within its city limits. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. Nicknamed the "Space City", Houston is a global city, with strengths in culture and research; the city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston is the most diverse metropolitan area in Texas and has been described as the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the U. S, it is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts; the Allen brothers—Augustus Chapman and John Kirby—explored town sites on Buffalo Bayou and Galveston Bay.
According to historian David McComb, "he brothers, on August 26, 1836, bought from Elizabeth E. Parrott, wife of T. F. L. Parrott and widow of John Austin, the south half of the lower league granted to her by her late husband, they paid $5,000 total, but only $1,000 of this in cash. They lobbied the Republic of Texas Congress to designate Houston as the temporary capital, agreeing to provide the new government with a capital building. About a dozen persons resided in the town at the beginning of 1837, but that number grew to about 1,500 by the time the Texas Congress convened in Houston for the first time that May. Houston was granted incorporation with James S. Holman becoming its first mayor. In the same year, Houston became the county seat of Harrisburg County. In 1839, the Republic of Texas relocated its capital to Austin; the town suffered another setback that year when a yellow fever epidemic claimed about one life out of every eight residents. Yet it persisted as a commercial center, forming a symbiosis with Galveston.
Landlocked farmers brought their produce to Houston, using Buffalo Bayou to gain access to Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico. Houston merchants profited from selling staples to farmers and shipping the farmers' produce to Galveston; the great majority of slaves in Texas came with their owners from the older slave states. Sizable numbers, came through the domestic slave trade. New Orleans was the center of this trade in the Deep South. Thousands of enslaved blacks lived near the city before the American Civil War. Many of them near the city worked on sugar and cotton plantations, while most of those in the city limits had domestic and artisan jobs. In 1840, the community established a chamber of commerce in part to promote shipping and navigation at the newly created port on Buffalo Bayou. By 1860, Houston had emerged as a commercial and railroad hub for the export of cotton. Railroad spurs from the Texas inland converged in Houston, where they met rail lines to the ports of Galveston and Beaumont.
During the American Civil War, Houston served as a headquarters for General John Magruder, who used the city as an organization point for the Battle of Galveston. After the Civil War, Houston businessmen initia
Hoyt Bricken Corkins is an American professional poker player. He has three children in Chelsei Corkins, Brittney Corkins, Ashley Roundtre. Known for his softly-spoken voice and his aggressive style, Corkins has two World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles, he started playing at the age of 19 after receiving lessons from his father. He is known by his nickname "Cowboy" as he always wears a cowboy hat and boots to the table. However, he has been given other nicknames, including "Mr. Move All-In" by Phil Hellmuth Jr. Many players call him "Nightmare", he wears a pair of ear plugs while playing in live poker tournaments in order to prevent other players' chatter from affecting his game. Corkins won a World Series of Poker bracelet and $96,000 for winning the 1992 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament. In total, he has finished in the money on 26 occasions. In November 2005, Corkins finished second to Mike Matusow in the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions freeroll, receiving $325,000.
In the 2007 World Series of Poker, Corkins won the $2,500 6 Handed No Limit Hold Em event, defeating Terrence Chan and winning over $515,000, in addition to the championship bracelet. At the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, Corkins finished in 162nd place out of 6,844 entries, earning him $41,816. After the win in 1992, Corkins disappeared from the game for 11 years whilst going through a divorce, he was encouraged to return to poker by his ex-fiancée Natalie, resurfaced in 2003, taking a record-breaking first prize in the World Poker Tour 2003 World Poker Finals. He had a second-place finish to Gus Hansen in early 2004 at the PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure, which earned him $290,065. Corkins was sick from flu during the event. In 2004, he made the final table at the United States Poker Championship main event held at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. Away from the poker circuit, Corkins has sixty head of cattle to tend in Alabama and has a home in Las Vegas. In 2006, he made another World Poker Tour final table in the Season V Legends of Poker event, finishing 3rd.
In 2008, in the Season VI of the WPT's World Poker Open WPT Corkins finished second winning $458,267. In December 2008, during Season VII of the WPT Corkins made the final table of the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic and finished in 6th place, earning $216,175. In January 2010, Hoyt made another World Poker Tour final table at the Southern Poker Championship, took home the first place prize of $739,486; as of 2010, his live tournament winnings exceed $5,200,000. His 26 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,017,074 of those winnings. Official site Blind Bet Poker interview
Thomas Austin Preston Jr. known as Amarillo Slim, was an American professional gambler known for his poker skills and proposition bets. Preston won the 1972 World Series of Poker Main Event and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992. Before becoming a well-known tournament player, Preston was a rounder, touring the United States looking for gambling action along with Doyle Brunson and Sailor Roberts. Preston participated in the first World Series of Poker in 1970 along with Sailor Roberts, Doyle Brunson, Puggy Pearson, Crandell Addington, Carl Cannon. Following his victory in the 1972 WSOP Main Event, he appeared on several talk shows, including The Tonight Show, had a small part in the 1974 Robert Altman movie California Split, he appeared on. Preston won four WSOP bracelets including two in Omaha. Preston's final WSOP win was in 1990. In the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2000 WSOP, he came in second to Phil Ivey. In January/February 1980, Amarillo Slim hosted the Second Annual Poker Classic, the second-most prestigious poker tournament of its time.
This series came to be called the Super Bowl of Poker and continued until 1991. Gabe Kaplan became the first winner of this tournament series and Stu Ungar won the title three times. Preston's lifetime tournament earnings totaled more than $587,000. In 1973, Preston and Bill G. Cox wrote Play Poker to Win, published by Grosset and Dunlap. A revised edition of the book was published by HarperCollins in 2005 entitled Amarillo Slim's Play Poker to Win. In May 2003, Preston published his autobiography Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People, where he wrote of playing poker with Larry Flynt, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon among others. In addition to his poker exploits, Preston wrote about his exploits in proposition betting. In April 2007, Preston created a website and released an E-Book called All In: An E-guide To No Limit Texas Hold'em; the book was written by Preston along with Joe Brent Riley. Thomas Austin Preston Jr. was born on December 31, 1928, in Johnson, but when he was an infant his parents moved to Turkey, Texas.
After they divorced, his mother returned to Johnson. Slim is quoted as saying: "It's a good thing he did, because Amarillo Slim sounds a heck of a lot better than Turkey Tom or Arkansas Austin." Preston was divorced, had three children, lived in Amarillo, Texas. In August 2003, Preston was indicted in Randall County, Texas, on charges of indecency with a 12-year-old grandchild; the charges were reduced to misdemeanor assault in a plea bargain, on February 10, 2004, Preston pleaded "no contest" to the reduced charges "to protect his family". Preston received a $4,000 fine, two years probation, was "ordered to undergo counseling". In a 2009 interview, he stated that he was innocent of any wrongdoing, but chose to take the plea bargain in order to spare his family from a court trial. Early on the morning of October 4, 2006, Preston was the victim of an attempted armed robbery; the armed robber fired three bullets into Preston's car. Preston was not injured. On January 28, 2007, Preston was robbed at gunpoint while in his home.
On January 22, 2009, Preston was beaten and robbed near the intersection of Interstate 40 and Soncy Road while attempting to collect a gambling debt. Preston's autobiography was the topic of a biopic movie reported to be under development. Nicolas Cage was to play Preston's character in the movie. According to a 2009 article at Poker Listings, the "planned Hollywood movie about Slim's life" has been "dropped". Preston died on April 29, 2012, of colon cancer at the age of 83. Obituary in The Independent by Marcus Williamson
Doyle F. Brunson is a retired American poker player who played professionally for over 50 years, he is a two-time World Series of Poker Main Event champion, a Poker Hall of Fame inductee, the author of several books on poker. Brunson was the first player to earn $1 million in poker tournaments and has won ten WSOP bracelets throughout his career, tied with Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey for second all-time, behind Phil Hellmuth's fifteen bracelets, he is one of only four players to have won the Main Event at the World Series of Poker multiple times, which he did in 1976 and 1977. He is one of only two players, along with Bill Boyd, to have won WSOP tournaments in four consecutive years. In addition, he is the first of six players to win both the WSOP Main Event and a World Poker Tour title. In January 2006, Bluff Magazine voted Brunson the most influential force in the world of poker. On June 11, 2018, Brunson announced; that day, he entered the $10,000 2-7 Single Draw at the 2018 WSOP and came in sixth place, earning $43,963.
Brunson was born in Longworth, Fisher County, one of three children. He was part of the All-State Texas basketball team. In the 1950 Texas Interscholastic Track Meet, he won the one-mile event with a time of 4:43. Despite receiving offers from many colleges, he attended Hardin–Simmons University in Abilene, Texas; the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA showed interest in Brunson but a knee injury ended his hopes of becoming a professional basketball player. He still requires a crutch because of the injury. Brunson obtained a bachelor's degree in 1954 and a master's degree in administrative education the following year, he would go on to work as a school principal. Brunson had begun playing five-card draw, he played more after being injured and his winnings paid for his expenses. After graduating, he took a job as a business machines salesman. On his first day, he was invited to play in a seven-card stud game and won more than a month's salary, he soon became a professional poker player. Brunson started off by playing in illegal games on Exchange Street in Fort Worth with friend Dwayne Hamilton.
They began traveling around Texas and Louisiana, playing in bigger games, meeting fellow professionals Amarillo Slim and Sailor Roberts. The illegal games Brunson played in during this time were run by criminals who were members of organized crime, so rules were not always enforced. Brunson has admitted to having a gun that he was robbed and beaten. Hamilton moved back to Fort Worth, while the others teamed up and travelled around together, gambling on poker, golf and, in Doyle's words, "just about everything." They pooled their money for gambling and after six years, they made their first serious trip to Las Vegas and lost all of it, a six-figure amount. They remained friends. Brunson settled in Las Vegas, he has been a regular player at the World Series of Poker since its inception in 1970, playing in the Main Event nearly every year since in addition to many of the other preceding bracelet-awarding events. He made some WSOP championship event final tables before his back-to-back wins, but since this was when the event was winner-take-all, they are not counted as cashes.
Besides his two championship wins in 1976 and 1977, Brunson's other Main Event cashes are: 1972, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1997, 2004 and 2013. Brunson authored Super/System, considered to be one of the most authoritative books on poker. Self-published in 1978, Super/System was the book credited with transforming poker by giving ordinary players insight into the way that professionals such as Brunson played and won, so much so that Brunson believes that it cost him a lot of money. An updated revision, Super/System 2, was published in 2004. Besides Brunson, several top poker players contributed chapters to Super/System including Bobby Baldwin, Mike Caro, David Sklansky, Chip Reese, Joey Hawthorne; the book is subtitled "by Doyle Brunson. Brunson is the author of Poker Wisdom of a Champion published as According to Doyle by Lyle Stuart in 1984. Brunson continued to play in the biggest poker games in the world, including a $4,000/$8,000 limit mixed poker game in "Bobby's Room" at the Bellagio, he plays in many of the biggest poker tournaments around the world.
He won his ninth gold bracelet in a mixed games event in 2003, in 2004, he finished 53rd in the No Limit Texas hold'em Championship event. He won the Legends of Poker World Poker Tour event in 2004 and finished fourth in the WPT's first championship event. Early in the morning on July 1, 2005, less than a week after Chan had won his 10th gold bracelet - setting a new record - Brunson tied him at the 2005 WSOP, he is five bracelets behind Phil Hellmuth, who earned his 15th bracelet at the 2018 World Series of Poker. He cashed in the 2013 World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship event, marking the fifth decade he has cashed in the event; as of 2018, his total live tournament winnings exceed $6,100,000. He has totaled over $3,000,000 in earnings from his 37 cashes at the WSOP. Brunson has two Texas hold'em hands named after him; the holding of ten-deuce bears his name because he won the No Limit Hold'Em event at the World Series of Poker two years in a row with a ten and a two, in both cases completing a full house.