WSOP Heads-Up Rematches - Seidel vs. Johnny Chan as 3rd Match

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2011. May 27.
The vote on the <em>WSOP Heads-Up Rematches</em> has closed, not surprisingly, voters chose the <strong>Johnny Chan</strong> vs <strong>Erik Seidel </strong>1992 <em>WSOP </em>final match to be recreated during this year's championship. The event will air on <em>ESPN </em>on July 26.<br />
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As we reported in April, WSOP has made up a great concept for an event: they intend to recreate some of the most interesing heads-up battles of WSOP history. The event is scheduled for June 2, and will feature 3 notable matches: the 2003 Chris Moneymaker vs Sammy Farha, the 1989 Phil Hellmuth vs Johnny Chan and the 1988 Johnny Chan vs Erik Seidel matches.

The third match was up to a vote, people could choose from the following couples at WSOP's facebook page until May 25:

Johnny Chan vs. Erik Seidel
Greg Raymer vs. David Williams
Jamie Gold vs. Paul Wasicka
Jonathan Duhamel vs. John Racener


Not too suprisingly, the Johnny Chan vs. Erik Seidel match got the majority, 44% of the votes, followed by the Greg Raymer vs David Williams, 39%. The choice is obvious, the clash of Chan and Seidel is a classic in poker history, and gained significant popularity after John Dahl's movie, Rounders. Chan defended his title, which only Doyle Brunson and Stu Ungar was capable of doing so far.

Chan vs. Seidel, final hand:



Judging from the amazing performance of Erik Seidel this year, he seems to be the favourite, considering he is into winning heads-up matches nowadays; his most notable victory was at the $25,000 NBC National Heads-Up Championship. He only lost one heads-up this year, it was against Michael Scarborough at the WPT Hollywood Main Event.

Chan is also very active nowadays, however, he participates in less tournaments than he did before. He finished 3rd in the Tournament of Champions, where he defeated Daniel Negreanu and Barry Greenstein for example. In 2011, he hasn't yet scored in any big tournament, but his appearance in Season 7 of High Stakes Poker earned him a nice amount of cash.

High Stakes Poker Season 7: Chan wins huge pot, Laak lays down a set:



The WSOP Heads-Up Rematches will be broadcasted by ESPN, on July 26.

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