Incline pro wins at ‘Super Bowl’ of poker
Professional poker player and Incline resident Mark Seif had played in the prestigious World Series of Poker for five years without success before capturing two gold bracelets in one week at the “Super Bowl” of poker at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
What was different this year? Seif credits his “great new girlfriend” Jennifer Moore, with bringing balance to his poker game.
“It helps to be in a great state of mind,” he said.
Seif’s first victory of the WSOP came in the early morning hours of June 17 as he defeated a field of 450 in a $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold’em Shootout, which earned him a $181,330 first-place check.
Just a few days later, with his previous win still sinking in, Seif entered a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event. The former defense attorney used an “ultra-aggressive” style of play to amass a dominant chip stack against a vast field of 2,013 players.
“I’m considered one of the most aggressive players around which makes me a dangerous player to have at the table. I know how to play a big stack and I’m not afraid to gamble or put pressure on opponents,” he said.
Seif acknowledges that with this style of play chip stacks can dissipate just as quickly but in this event aggression paid off. Seif outlasted an experienced final table which included 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg “Fossilman” Raymer. He took home his second gold bracelet of the week and a first-place check worth $611,145.
The event is expected to draw high ratings when it is aired Sept. 20 on ESPN.
Seif has a chance not only to make more money but history as well. If he wins again at the WSOP, he will be just the fourth person in tournament history to win three bracelets in one year.
A poker player since he was 6 years old and professional since 2001, Seif moved to Incline in 2000. He has played locally at the Cal-Neva and Nugget in Crystal Bay.
Seif looks forward to competing in the Main Event of the WSOP which begins Saturday.
This year’s tournament features a slow blind structure which translates to longer rounds. This structure is intended to lessen the luck factor and emphasize skill. Seif will need luck, skill and his ultra-aggressive style to defeat a 6,600 person field and take home the first-place prize.
For detailed results on Mark Seif and other WSOP events visit http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com.
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