Erik Seidel grew up in New York City. He was a backgammon champion before poker. Erik is 5th in WSOP bracelets, 4th in WSOP cashes and 19th in WSOP earnings. In 2008, he won the Aussie Million Main Event and the Foxwoods Classic Main Event. Regarded by his peers as one of the best in the game, Erik has $9,814,424 in career tournament earnings, 9th on the all-time money list.