Seidel Wins National Heads-Up Championship, Tops All-Time Money List

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Over the weekend Erik Seidel became the most winningest poker player in the history as he scored the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship title and collected $750,000 in prize money. Now Seidel has almost $14.7 million in carrier tournament winnings and surpasses the former leader Daniel Negreanu by more than half a million.

On Sunday night Seidel outplayed the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker and took revenge for the last year's upset when he lost to Annie Duke in the final game. Moneymaker, on his part collected $300,000 in cash for the second place finish which was only fourth six-figure payout in his carrier.

Yesterday NBC have issued a press release with Seidel's comments on his victory. Here's what he had to say: “I have competed in the NHPC since 2005 and lost to Annie Duke in the finals at last year’s tournament, so my win today is truly special. It is always exciting to compete against my fellow poker players who showcased great skill on the tables this year.”

However, the NHPC win is only an icing to the cake of success that 2011 has been so far for Seidel. First he came in fourth in the $25,000 High Roller Event at the PCA back in January and cashed $296,000. He then collected $618,000 (USD) for the third place in a A$ 100,000 No Limit Hold'em event and another $2.5 million (USD) for winning the A$250,000 Super High Roller Event at the 2011 Aussie Millions.

So in just two months Seidel, who is also a member of the Full Tilt Poker pro team, has increased his bankroll by more than $4 million which resulted in the amazing jump from 11th spot to the #1 position in the all-time money list. And if you add the fact that last November Seidel has become the member of the Poker Hall of Fame, you will get the best time a poker player could have in his carrier.

The NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship gathered numerous big poker names and celebrities who all came to experience some top-level one-on-one poker action and our colleagues at PokerNews were there when they walked the red carper. Check out this video to see what the poker stars had to say before the start of the event, including the big winner, Erik Seidel himself.

Congratulations Erik and keep up the good results through the rest of the 2011!