Seidel comes up short in 9th bracelet bid

Erik Seidel
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Erik Seidel missed out on a chance to win his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet on Thursday.

His consolation prize, however, is being able to donate nearly $25,000 to charity.

The Gentle Giant busted early at the final table of the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament this afternoon despite having entered the day third in chips.

Before the final table began, Seidel tweeted that he would donate any money won from this event to children's charities.

His seventh-place finish means $24,919 earmarked for children in need.

Seidel told PokerListings he wasn't particularly happy with his finish.

"You're never satisfied unless you win, so I'm not that excited." Seidel said. "I wasn't thrilled with how I played."

He came in to the final table the marquee name amidst a group of young and largely unknown finalists, but told his rivals were anything but fish.

"They're all very good players," he said. "All of those young players were very strong and I knew it wasn't going to be a cakewalk.

"You would like to go in knowing there are two or three dead spots, but everyone at the table was very good."

Among Seidel's tablemates were online pro Ravi "govshark2" Raghaven (a Sunday Million winner) and WSOPC Hammond finalist Jason DeWitt, the latter of whom sent Seidel to the rail with a flopped set of eights.

"I really thought they all played well," Seidel said. "It wouldn't surprise me to see any of them win."

That said, the Full Tilt pro suggested chipleader John-Paul Kelly, a poker professional out of Aylsebury, England, had to be considered the favorite simply because of his dominating chip lead.

At the time of writing, Kelly was on 1.1 million and leading the pack with four players remaining.

Dewitt, Marc Tschirch and Kyle Carlston also remain alive in the hunt for a $194,434 first prize.

Check out the 2009 WSOP section for more details.


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