Erik Seidel is an American professional poker player from Las Vegas, Nevada with eight World Series of Poker bracelets and a World Poker Tour title.
Originally a tournament backgammon player for eight years, he eventually started playing the stock market, and then moved on to poker. He was one of the group of now famous players from the Mayfair Club, including Howard Lederer and Dan Harrington.
In his first major tournament, Seidel was runner-up in the 1988 World Series of Poker main event to Johnny Chan. This final hand was featured in the movie Rounders.
During the sixth season of the World Poker Tour, Seidel won the 2008 WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic, earning $992,890.
As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $9,200,000.
In January 2008, Seidel finished in second place in the Aussie Millions $10k main event and won $1,000,000(AUD).