Poker News in Brief: May 16-22, 2011

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Erik Seidel continues one of the biggest heaters of all time.

The poker world is buzzing with millions of dollars and big-name champions on the WPT, a Player of the Year race decision, and a WSOP Main Event seat being given away for free by one generous high-stakes pro.

Scott Seiver Wins WPT Championship

220 players bought in to the $25,000 WPT Championship at Bellagio in Las Vegas and poker pro Scott Seiver finished in first place, earning $1,618,344 and his first World Poker Tour title.

Seiver defeated Farzad Bonyadi heads-up. Bonyadi received $1,061,900 for his runner-up finish.

Other notable finishes include Galen Hall in 3rd ($589,355), Justin Young in 6th ($225,654), David Williams in 14th ($53,095) and Doyle Brunson in 24th ($37,167).

Erik Seidel Wins WPT $100k Super High Roller

Erik Seidel has won more than $5.5 million since the year began, including his victory in the recent $100,000 buy-in WPT Super High Roller at Bellagio.

29 players entered this high-stakes tournament including Doyle Brunson, John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, Justin Smith, Phil Laak, Oliver Busquet, Barry Greenstein, Dave Ulliott, Dwyte Pilgrim, Kathy Liebert, Hoyt Corkins, Tom Marchese, Mike Sexton, Carlos Mortensen, Antonio Esfandiari, Greg Brooks and Randall Flowers.

Seidel defeated Erick Lindgren heads-up to take the $1,092,780 first place, and his fourth major title in 2011.

Frankenberger Takes WPT Season IX Player of the Year

The WPT Championship was the last chance for players on the World Poker Tour to rack up a few more POY points before the end of the season.

When the tournament began Andy Frankenberger led his nearest competition by 100 points. Frankenberger was eliminated on Day 4, giving two players a chance at surpassing him in the POY race.

Shannon Shorr and Sam El Sayed both had a shot at becoming Player of the Year, and would need a fourth-place or better finish to do it.

Shorr was eliminated in 9th, and Sayed in 8th, however, making Frankenberger’s victory official.

Frankenberger’s season was highlighted by a win at the Legends of Poker main event at the Bike, a final table at Festa al Lago and a deep finish in the Five Diamond Classic. Frankenberger earned close to $900,000 for those three results.

Generous Jungleman Gives Away WSOP Main Event Seat

Twon Plus Two moderator KevMath announced earlier this week that Dan “Jungleman12” Cates is giving away a seat to the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

KevMath posted:

"I wanted to let you know that Daniel Cates decided to do something really nice. He is buying one person into the Main Event. He will be tweeting (@junglemandan) his location around Vegas at least once per week starting next week and running through June 25. People will pick up a ticket from him at each location and a winner will be drawn. It's free to join, no sign-ups or anything and the only stipulation is that they can't have played in the Main Event before. He is also throwing in lessons and best of all, not taking a percent from any of the winnings."

As Kevmath states, this giveaway is in no way tied to any business promotion, and Cates will not be taking a percentage of the winner’s equity in the Main Event.

For more information check out the forum thread.

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