The top three players on PPA’s leader board for cashes at tournaments in the Asia Pacific Region are all set to do battle tomorrow to see who will be the Region’s top money earner, by far, when the dust settles sometime early Saturday morning at the Macau High Stakes Challenge sponsored by Neptune Group and PokerAce at the Starworld Casino. Two of the players: Phil Ivey and Sam Trickett, are no strangers to Macau, but current leader Erik Seidel with total tournament winnings in the region of US$4,080,477 has never set foot on Macau soil!
Seidel is one of the true legends of poker. In his first major tournament he was runner up in the 1988 World Series of Poker main event to Johnny Chan. He won his first WSOP bracelet in 1992 and won his eighth and most recent bracelet in 2007. Only four players in the history of WSOP, Phil Helmuth, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Johnny Moss have won more bracelets than Seidel. He has a total of 69 WSOP cashes ranking him 3rd overall. His success in this part of the World stems from his participation at the Aussie Millions; his most notable results were winning the prestigious AU$250,000 Super High Roller No Limit Hold’em and a third place finish in the AU$100,500 No Limit Hold’em events in 2011. At this moment Erick Seidel has achieved lifetime live tournament winnings of US$ 17,156,964, that figure could well increase significantly sometime Saturday!
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