Erik Seidel cemented his status as one of the greatest poker players of all-time with a ninth WSOP bracelet. He defeated Uruguay’s Francisco Benitez heads-up to win Event #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller of the 2021 WSOP Online on GGPoker for $977,842.
It has been 14 years since Seidel’s last bracelet, but this result sees draws Seidel level with three-time WSOP Main Event champion Johnny Moss on nine WSOP bracelets. Seidel also becomes the first player with more than five WSOP bracelets to win an online WSOP bracelet.
There were just 20 minutes of heads-up play, but it was action-packed from the off with Seidel scoring a huge double-up with queens against jacks, flopping a set to cut Benitez’s lead. Not only did this get Seidel back into the contest, but just a handful of hands later it was Seidel opening up a 2:1 lead and looking to close out the match.
The final hand (350k/750k) saw Erik Seidel limp with A-8 and Francisco Benitez three-bet to 2.8 million with A-K. Seidel thought about it before moving all in, putting Benitez to the test for his last 26 million, which at this stage was still almost 35 big blinds. Benitez called. The flop 4-10-J gave Seidel a flush draw and the turn was the A. Seidel needed an eight or a heart on the river, with the 3 giving him a flush to eliminate Benitez and secure victory.
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