Huck Seed Profile
Huck Seed is best known for winning the 1996 World Series of Poker. He has historically shunned much media spotlight and been pretty reclusive but he has had other impressive wins. Seed finished in sixth place in the 1999 WSOP Main Event and 73rd in the 2007 WSOP Main Event to go with 39 total WSOP cashes. Seed won the 2009 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship and the 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions freeroll, both for $500k. He has four WSOP bracelets and over $5.8 million in live tournament winnings. Seed is a Full Tilt Poker pro team member. Seed was born January 15th, 1969 in Santa Clara, California and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Things you might not know:
- Seed grew up in Corvallis, Montana where he was on the All-State basketball team.
- Seed was an electrical engineering student at California Institute of Technology.
- Seed stopped in Las Vegas on one trip home from college making $1,000 in a $10/$20 limit hold'em game which contributed heavily to his taking a leave of absence to play poker in 1989 and never returning to school.
- Seed is 6 feet 7 inches tall.
- Seed won his very first tournament, a $300 event.
- Seed mentored another Montana poker player, who went on to great success in Layne "back to back" Flack.
- Seed tried drugs an alcohol to combat his extreme shyness and symptoms of depression, including coke, ecstasy, crystal meth and marijuana. it took him three years, visits to counselors and rehab clinics before he regained a hold of his life.
- Seed enjoys the odd prop bets; including floating in the ocean for 24 hours, not shaving for a year, mastering a standing back flip in six months, training to run a mile under 4 min. 30 secs., and breaking 100 in golf five times in one day using just a five iron, sand wedge and putter in 120 degree weather.
- Seed prefers to be called Huckleberry, his given name.
- Seed is very quiet at the table, preferring his game to do the talking for him.
- Seed credits his success at poker stems more from abilities to read players, understand circumstances and devise ways to get opponents to make mistakes, recognizing other people's strategies and exploiting them on the fly.
- Seed is the most successful player in the NBC Heads-Up championship series having 18 wins and 4 losses.
Seed considers himself "the iceman" because he always rises to the occasion.
"The bigger the money, the more pressure, that's when I can focus the best and be more calm and relaxed. That's a good way to be in poker; the more pressure there is, the more you relax."
Seed interview after winning the Tournament of Champions and some play from Poker After Dark:
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