Only 18 players stepped up to pay the $25,000 buy-in that generated a total prize pool of $444,600. The field consisted of all professionals investing their time at the L.A.P.C. included notables such as Chris Ferguson, Erick Lindgren, Will Molson, Galen Hall, Zach Hyman, Rick Solomon, Masa Kagawa and Richard Lyndaker.
Only three players were going to cash in the get-rich-quick structure and it was Josh Arieh who busted in fourth place to become the tournament’s bubble boy and 24 grand poorer instead of 140-odd grand richer.
The top three struck a deal that left the relatively-small differences in pot shares to be decided by a three-way all in that saw Seidel’s pocket rockets outlive Bertrand Grospellier’s AQ and Darren Elias’s pocket 9s.
Seidel took home $144,570, Elias’s earlier chip count meant he swept up with a $153,975 payout and Grospellier left in third place but with the second-largest wad of $146,055.
This is Seidel’s latest win in a new-year’s run that is no mean streak. He has made five final tables, winning two of them and collectively earning over $3.7 million. The first $46,560 was chalked up from his third place in the $5,00 buy-in P.L.O. Championship 8 Max at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). The 2011 PCA was to become his to be owned, winning $295,960 for fourth place in the High Roller event.
He went on to make history at the Aussie Millions, not for continuing to conquer all-comers with a third place in the $100,000 Challenge, to add $625,000 (Australian, which is at about 1.9 to the U.S. Dollar) to his running total by the 23rd January, but for winning the most expensive tournament of all time: the $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller event that brought him $2,489,747.
Seidel is now in second place in the all-time live tournament earnings list. He has made $13,947,297 throughout his career, straggling only to Daniel Negreanu with $14,116,192 in winnings.