Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Seymour crushing the Main Event

Blaise Bourgeois
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Posted on: July 10, 2023 8:49 pm EDT

Having just doubled up with pocket kings through Steven Chidwick’s pocket queens on one of the PokerGO feature tables, 2022 Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Seymour has taken his stack to 1,063,000 chips, giving him 106.3 big blinds with just short of 1,000 players left on Day 4.

The seven-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro, and three-time Super Bowl champion had an incredible career with the New England Patriots and the then-Oakland Raiders from 2001 to 2012 and has transitioned to quite the poker player.

Seymour is not your average former athlete / celebrity-turned-poker player as the towering figure has a number of impressive results on his HendonMob, which currently boasts $713,035 in career earnings.

In fact, Seymour is good friends with Jason Koon, has been called one of the nicest guys on tour by Daniel Negreanu, and even earned the respect of Phil Hellmuth, who claimed that “players like Richard are good for the game.”

Let’s take a look at some of his finest moments in the poker sun:

2018 $25,000 PCA High Roller – 3rd, $376,360

So far, this is by far Seymour’s largest score, making up more than half of his career poker earnings.

No stranger to the PokerStars Players Championship, the 43-year-old has recorded cashes at three of the annual events in the Bahamas, including a 155th-place finish at this year’s $25K PSPC Main Event for $35,100.

In 2018, Richard Seymour found himself running super-deep in the star-studded $25K PCA High Roller, more than holding his own with some of the best players on the planet.

While Seymour didn’t score any final-table eliminations of his own, Seymour put up an incredible battle, even showing no fear five-bet jamming over Jonathan Jaffe.

The likes of Felipe Ramos, Mikita Badziakouski, and Justin Bonomo could not outduel Seymour, who only finished behind Jaffe ($569,760) and champion Christopher Kruk ($836,350).

2019 WSOP Main Event – 131st, $59,295

This isn’t the first time Seymour has found himself in an advantageous position at the WSOP Main Event, as he found himself with a realistic chance of winning poker’s greatest prize. In the end, he finished 131st out of 8,569 players for nearly $60,000. 

According to the WSOP, Big Sey’s finish was the deepest run by any major professional athlete in the history of the Main, besting NASCAR driver Jason White’s 348th-place finish in 2014 and NHL goalie Roberto Luongo’s 634th-place finish in 2012.

In fact, Seymour found himself in 35th place entering Day 5 with just 354 players remaining and spent considerable time on the ESPN feature table.

This year’s cash is his second-career Main Event cash since first competing in 2014 and his fifth WSOP cash overall.

2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – 18th, $52,174

This was arguably Seymour’s jumping-off point into poker, finishing 18th out of 791 entrants in the $10,400 World Poker Tour’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic. At the time, it was his career-best score.

Seymour made the tournament’s fifth day and made headlines outside the poker world, falling just after the two-table redraw to eventual runner-up Ryan Tosoc. James Romero took home the victory and nearly $2M ($1,938,118).