Team Full Tilt’s Erik Seidel wins 2011 NBC National Heads-Up Championship


Team Full Tilt member and Poker Hall of Fame inductee Erik Seidel won the 2011 NBC National Heads-Up Championship title, capturing a $750,000 first prize. The win pushes Seidel’s career tournament earnings total past $14 million and moves him to the top of the All-Time Money List. He has recorded more than $4.3 million in tournament cashes thus far in 2011, notching up wins in the $250K Super High Roller event at the Aussie Millions and the $25,000 High Roller event at the L.A. Poker Classic.

Seidel defeated Team Full Tilt members Allen Cunningham, Jennifer Harman and Phil Gordon on his way to a final best-of-three match. Seidel quickly took control of the first game of the final when his top-pair beat a straight-draw that missed the turn and river, and he eventually won the match 2-0 when his trip fives held up to secure the title.

Seidel overcame a star-studded field of 64, which included a variety of former WSOP champions, poker greats and NFL legend Emmitt Smith, the newest Friend of Full Tilt Poker. Team Full Tilt’s Andy Bloch, John Juanda, Erick Lindgren, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and Chris Ferguson also played in the invite-only tournament.