Poker News: Interviews Tournament Phenom Erik Seidel

Share Article interviews poker pro and tournament master Erik Seidel. ( recently interviewed Erik Seidel. Erik is a consumate tournament professional and holds more than 12 major tournament wins and too many tourney cashes to count. Erik recently sat down with to discuss life as a pro, his fantastic 2005 World Series of Poker, and where he thinks poker is headed.

PokerLizard: Speaking of the '88 WSOP, it seems as though every time you play on TV, they show the final hand from that tournament. Do you ever get tired of seeing that famous WSOP hand scene in the movie Rounders?

Erik: I have mixed feelings about that whole Rounders thing. I think overall it was not a bad thing to be in the movie, seems kind of funny to me that people still bring it up.

PokerLizard: What characteristics do you believe are important for a person to become a great player?

Erik: I think all the best players have a certain innate intelligence and are just good decision makers. They are also risk takers. Barry Greenstein's book (Ace on the River) covers this beautifully, and I recommend players read it if they are interested in finding out some of the intangible things that go into making a player successful.

PokerLizard: If you had any advice for an aspiring poker pro, what would it be?

Erik: I would say take things slow. I see many young players getting ahead of themselves and these games take time to learn. Poker has a way of deceiving people into believing they are better than they are. Try to be objective about your relative skills as you progress and develop.

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