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Record high-stakes tournament catapults winner to second-place ranking

This year marked a new record in the world of poker with the first season of the Aussie Millions event dubbed “Super High Rollers.” The event boasts an astronomical buy-in of $250,000, which more than doubles the previous record that had been a tie between another Aussie Millions event and a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure event, both of which require a $100,000 buy-in.

The winner of this new event, American Erik Seidel, is a remarkably accomplished poker pro who deserves the attention and has proven himself a worthy adversary for the star-studded competition. With the first place paying out a whopping $2.5 million, coming in first catapulted Seidel up to second place in the list of all-time most successful poker players in the world. He now stands at second only to Canadian poker star Daniel Negreanu, who has been at the top of the list for quite some time with little competition from anyone but American super star Phil Ivey.

With such an exciting start to 2011, this is shaping up to be another great year for live poker tournaments, especially as the prize pools grow exponentially thanks to increased interest in poker as well as the slowly recovering world economy.

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