WSOP Paradise: Main Event underway; Erik Seidel scores bracelet #10 in $50,000 Super High Roller

Mo Afdhal
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Posted on: December 9, 2023 9:26 pm EST

The World Series of Poker Paradise, now in full swing, kicked off the first of its four Main Event starting flights on Saturday.

The official tally of entrants for Day 1A looks set at 709 as late registration has officially closed. There are still three more Day 1s for players to hop into, so plenty of time to make your way to Paradise and fight for a piece of the $15,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The opening ceremonies for the Paradise Main Event saw six of the recent WSOP Main Event champions come together to announce “Shuffle up and Deal” as a unit. Jamie Gold, Ryan Riess, Damian Salas, Koray Aldemir, Espen Jorstad, and Daniel Weinman collectively welcomed players to the event.

The WSOP Paradise Main Event bracelet was unveiled today as well, made by Josten’s out of 10-Karat yellow gold.

Notables in the Day 1A field include: Chino Rheem, Alex Livingston, Jesse Lonis, Faraz Jaka, Jonathan Little, Alexandra Botez, Maria Ho, and Shaun Deeb.

Game of Gold contestants and friends David Williams and Josh Arieh found themselves involved in a pot against one another on Day 1. Williams’ had the best hand, but Arieh got the better of him, finding a strong fold against Williams’ pre-flop aggression.

Seidel snags bracelet #10, ties for 2nd most in history

Erik Seidel, one of the old-school legends of the game, proved he’s still got the chops to hang with the young guns after winning Event #7: $50,000 Super High Roller for $1,704,400. The victory marks Seidel’s largest-ever cash at the World Series of Poker across a career that spans more than three decades.

The event drew 137 entries to create a prize pool of $6,850,000 and paid 21 players.

His tenth bracelet lands Seidel amongst hallowed company, joining Johnny Chan, Phil Ivey, and the late, great Doyle Brunson in a tie for the second most bracelets. Ahead of them, in a league of his own some might say, is Phil Hellmuth with seventeen.

The event drew 137 entries to create a prize pool of $6,850,000 and paid 21 players. Seidel’s win didn’t come easy as he had to battle some of the game’s current best players on the road to victory. The final table of the event included high roller crushers Jason Koon, Alex Foxen, Jonathan Jaffe, and Adrian Mateos, just to name a few. Seidel also claims an added bonus of $25,000, thanks to the Paradise Parlay, for making three final tables between WSOP Paradise and the 2023 WSOP.

$50,000 Super High Roller final table payouts

1Erik Seidel (USA)$1,704,400
2Seth Gottlieb (USA)$1,052,800
3Orpen Kisacikoglu (Turkey)$778,300
4Jason Koon (USA)$582,100
5Koichi Chiba (Japan)$440,500
6Alex Foxen (USA)$337,300
7Jonathan Jaffe (USA)$261,400
8Adrian Mateos (Spain)$205,000

Featured Image Courtesy of Matthew Berglund/WSOP