Huck Seed Wins Again: Profiled in the Las Vegas Sun

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C Costigan
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The Las Vegas Sun, one of our favorite papers here at, featured a profile on 2009 National Heads-Up Poker Championship winner, Huck Seed, the nearly 7 foot baby-faced wunderkind. 

Popular Sun columnist, Jeff Haney, wrote of how the National Heads-Up Poker Championship producer, Mori Eskandani, was on hand when, just over ten years ago, Huck Seed won the 1996 World Series of Poker.

"Over copious amounts of golf and hands of poker at the Mirage, the two became friendly. So even though Eskandani was glad for Seed after his victory Sunday night in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, he had some bittersweet emotions as well. Seed, at age 40, is no longer a young up-and-comer but instead a throwback to an earlier era of poker, practically an elder statesman of the game.

"In fact, the almost comically tough field of 64 players in the heads-up tournament contained a smattering of today's young poker hotshots, players in their early 20s known by their online handles who are willing and able to take on the game's most established stars."

Eskandi told Haney that the National Heads-Up Poker Championship is about "giving the right people from the past as well as the right people who are hot in poker right now an opportunity to show what they can do."

Indeed this year's Championship culminated into the Past vs. Present (or fresh young face, Vanessa Rousso).  Seed, representing poker's glorious past, won the final showdown by beating out Rousso in the first two of three matchups.

Seed is one of the best on the poker circuit to be certain, having amassed a $4.6 million in live tournament earnings that do not include online poker play.

On his mantle, Seed has four World Series of Poker bracelets:  A 1994 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha win of $167,000; $1500 Razz at the 2000 WSOP, which resulted in a $77,400 win; and a $5000 Razz win at the 2003 WSOP that resulted in a win of just over $71,000.  Then there was that big million dollar win at the 1996 World Series of Poker.

With his 2009 National Heads Up Poker win, Seed became the only player to cash in the first 5 years that the tournament has been played.

"I think there's a lot of skill," in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, Seed told the Sun. "Not as much if you were playing somebody heads-up for a week, or the durrrr challenge. Obviously, that's an insane amount of skill. But this is live poker. You can see the other person. You play a lot of hands, and there's a lot of skill in each hand."

The photo that accompanies this article is courtesy of the folks at  We couldn't resist displaying it. 

Christopher Costigan, Publisher