Huck Seed

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Huck Seed
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Born (1969-01-15) January 15, 1969 (age 45)
Santa Clara, California
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 4
Money finish(es) 50
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
Winner, 1996
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 3
Information accurate as of 16 July 2014.

Huckleberry Seed (born January 15, 1969 in Santa Clara, California) is an American professional poker player best known for winning the main event of the 1996 World Series of Poker.

Early life[edit]

Seed grew up in Corvallis, Montana, where he attended Corvallis High School. He was a member of the 1987 Montana All-State basketball team.[citation needed] Huck Seed was an electrical engineering student at California Institute of Technology and a member of Fleming House. He took a leave of absence in 1989, started playing poker, and never returned to college.[1] Seed was a star player on Caltech's basketball team and is featured in the 2006 documentary Quantum Hoops.[2]

Poker[edit]

Seed won the 1996 World Series of Poker main event, his second bracelet, and the $1,000,000 first prize. He made the final table of the 1999 WSOP event, but was eliminated in sixth place by eventual champion Noel Furlong. In the 2007 Main Event, Seed finished 73rd out of 6358 players.

Seed won the 2009 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship.[3] In doing so, he took the top prize of $500,000 and improved his overall record in the event to 18-4, an all-time best for win total. In addition, Seed became the only player to cash in every NBC Heads-Up tournament. This record was broken in the 2010 tournament with his first round loss to eventual runner-up Erik Seidel.

In 2010, Seed won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions freeroll for $500,000.

As of October 2011, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,900,000.[4] He has four WSOP bracelets and 40 total cashes at the WSOP, accounting for $3,331,986 of his live tournament winnings.[4]

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1994 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha $167,000
1996 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship $1,000,000
2000 $1,500 Razz $77,400
2003 $5,000 Razz $71,500

Prop bets[edit]

Seed has been involved in many "prop bets". He once made a $10,000 proposition bet with Phil Hellmuth and Konstantin Othmer that he could float in the ocean for 24 hours without touching the bottom. By bet rules, he was not allowed to bet more than an additional $15,000, and could settle the bet without attempting the feat for $5000, which is what eventually happened. This bet has been incorrectly reported;[5] Huck discusses it in a podcast.[6]

Seed once took a six figure bet that he could break 100 on a desert golf course four times in a day using just a five iron, sand wedge and putter. He has also bet that he would be able to go an entire year without shaving.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pokerlistings.com/poker-player_huck-seed
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1135944/ Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Lucchesi, Ryan (March 8, 2009). "Huck Seed Wins the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship". Card Player. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-players/1166-huck-seed/stats
  5. ^ Top Ten Proposition Bets
  6. ^ Two Plus Two PokerCast (Huck Seed, 10/MAR/2009)
  7. ^ http://www.pokerplayer.co.uk/news/features/678/top-10-proposition-bets.html