The Foxwoods Poker Classic
was held at the largest casino in the world, the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Covering 6 days from April 4, 2008 April 9, 2008, the East Coast stop of the World Poker Tour
saw 346 players buy in at $9,700 + $300. Up for grabs was $3,200,014 in total pool prize money and there were 40 payouts in all.
On the final day, game play began at Level 22. Blinds were 15,000 to 30,000 and 14,000 antes. The six players facing off were:
- Seat 1 Erik Seidel
- Seat 2 Frank Cieri
- Seat 3 Robert Richardson
- Seat 4 Ted Forrest
- Seat 5 Andrew Barta
- Seat 6 Adam Katz
started with 3,280,000 chips while Ted Forrest had 2,347,000 and Adam Katz started with 2,301,000. Chips distribution for the rest of the players were:
Andrew Barta 1,522,000
Robert Richardson 526,000
Frank Cieri 403,000
Heads up play began at 4am, more than 11 hours after game play. Erik Seidel faced off against Robert Richardson, in his first ever WPT event, in a tense and nail-biting finale. Chips were Seidel - 8,530,000 and Richardson - 1,850,000.
Everyone was expecting a drawn out battle but after only one hand, Seidel conquered his rival for the top prize in the longest WPT final table in history. Seidel was all smiles with his $992,890 win and Richardson, the HVAC service tech who bought in for the full $10,000, walked away with a respectable $558,792 prize money.
The prizes for rest of the players were:
Andrew Barta - $281,011
Frank Cieri - $200,261
Adam Katz - $151,811
Ted Forrest - $103,360
This is Erik Seidels first WPT title and he holds 8 World Series of Poker bracelets.
His total live tournament winnings at the end 2008 were $9,200,000 with $3,995,135 in 2008 alone. A native of New York City, Seidel is 49 and currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where he plays poker professionally. He left college in the 1970s to turn his attention to backgammon for 8 years before becoming an options trader on Wall Street in 1985.
After the 1987 stock market crash, Seidel took up poker playing, moving to Las Vegas in 1995. He was on plays professional online poker at Full Tilt Poker and consults for entertainment productions on poker on his off days.
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