Making the Case: Huck Seed for the Poker Hall of Fame

Huck Seed at the 2013 World Series of Poker. (Photo by Jay Newnum)

Huck Seed at the 2013 World Series of Poker. (Photo by Jay Newnum)

The World Series of Poker released the candidates for the 2013 Poker Hall of Fame Class last week. Over the next ten days BLUFF will make the case for each of the nominees in a series of stories on the 2013 HOF ballot. The series continues by making the case for Huck Seed.

Seed rose to the top of the poker mountain in 1996 winning the WSOP Main Event and a cool million dollars. He was hardly a newcomer to the game then – he had 13 WSOP cashes, seven WSOP final tables and a bracelet from the 1994 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event. He has gone on to win four overall bracelets, a NBC Heads-Up Championship title and the 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions.

Seed made another deep run to the final table the WSOP Main Event three years after his win, but finished in sixth place. To date at the WSOP, he has racked up 47 cashes and 23 final tables. Seed has cashed three times in the prestigious $50,000 Poker Players Championship since its inception and final tabled the event twice.

Seed is second only to HOFer Phil Hellmuth for overall career wins in the NBC Heads Up Championship with a record of 17-7. He cashed in the first five years of the event and was one card away from cashing a record sixth time in 2013.

During the poker boom Seed was a key figure that bridged the gap between the old school guard and the new school players that rose to the top during the flooded fields. He was a Red Pro for Full Tilt when the site dominated the marketplace and was close to many members of Team Full Tilt, often appearing in the site’s advertisements.

Away from the felt Seed developed a reputation as one the largest prop bettors of his generation – giving even the late Amarillo Slim a run for his money. Seed famously bet he could stay in the ocean for 24 hours, booked a bet to not shave for a year, ran a marathon and performed a standing back flip with no prior training.

Seed has cemented himself as one of the best players of his generation with undeniable results against the game’s best competition for over 20 years with 15 six-figure cashes.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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