The newest episode of Poker Central's Pokerography focuses on the life of Erik Seidel. If your cable provider offers the new 24-hour all-poker channel, Poker Central, then you can watch Pokerography. Today's modern players were intorduced to poker through the internet, or video games such as Starcraft, some other card game like Magic.
However, Erik Seidel's entrance to poker came via backgammon. Yeah, backgammon. That game with the dice and the colored discs.
Way before Erik Seidel became one of the most successful poker players in the world and was immortalized by Rounders, Seidel held a job on Wall Street and in his spare time, he was a mild-mannered professional backgammon player.
On the pro backgammon circuit, Seidel came across poker pros Chip Reese and Stu Ungar, who were also avid backgammon players. Ungar and Seidel both grew up in New York City, so they had an instant connection. Ungar took the young Seidel under his wing and taught him how poker cash games worked.
Seidel pulled up a chair and sweat Ungar for a session. Seidel had no clue what was going on but he was intrigued and captivated by Ungar's dominance at the tables. When Seidel was ready to take the leap himself, he turned a $2 investment into $50! Talk about an auspicious beginning.
Before his first session at the old Dunes casino in Las Vegas, Seidel picked up a book by David Sklansky for $2. Seidel thumbed through it and was ready to play.
By the end of the night, Seidel was up $50. He was hooked, and the rest is history.
Watch a sneak preview of Poker Central's Pokerography: The Story of Erik Seidel here…