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Erik Seidel surpasses Daniel Negreanu – for now

The Heads-Up Poker Championship was held this past weekend, and Erik Seidel, the 51-year-old American poker star, took first place. This win marked his third major victory in as many months, making 2011 a remarkable year for this poker veteran. Not only is this third victory of 2011 an accomplishment all its own, but it also marks another milestone: Seidel is now, for the first time, the world’s premier all-time top earner for live poker tournaments. His total finally surpassed Canadian Daniel Negreanu’s on Sunday, March 6. Seidel, with $14.6 million in winnings, now sits at the top of the list of elite poker players.

The amount that pushed him to the top was $750,000. While this is an impressive sum, it’s not even his career best for one tournament. But when taken together with the more than half a million dollars he won at the February Aussie Millions tournament by placing third at the no-limit hold’em challenge and the nearly $300K he won in January for taking fourth at the no-limit high roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Seidel seems to be on the winning streak of his career. Being rewarded by topping the all-time earner list is just icing on the cake for this poker icon.

Canadian fans need not worry, however. Daniel Negreanu will undoubtedly pose a challenge to Seidel in the months to come. Even Seidel doesn’t plan on holding the top spot for long. He acknowledged his expectation that this honour is likely a fleeting, “temporary thing,” and Negreanu will likely surpass him to recapture his number one position at any moment.

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