Scott Seiver is one of the best poker players in the world, known for his success in cash games and as a heads-up specialist.

Scott Seiver: Biography

Personal life

Scott Seaver was born on April 14, 1985 in Columbus, Ohio. He grew up loving all sports. He also loved to study and received a degree in computer science from Brown University. After receiving a job offer from Lehman Brothers, Scott interned at an investment bank to prepare for a career on Wall Street, but decided to abandon the idea. Before completing his internship, he quit and moved from Cold Spring Harbor, New York, to Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Scott was introduced to poker during his freshman year at Brown University. Having studied all the nuances of the game of poker, he quickly began to succeed and soon found himself in a casino with his friend Isaac Haxton. Because his studies take up a lot of his time, Scott spends a lot of time playing online – his handles are “mastrblastr” on Full Tilt and “Gunning4you” on PokerStars.

Poker was an important part of Seaver’s life during college. He became interested in online gaming and even played $25/$50 blinds and $50/$100 no-limit hold’em.


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The success of online tournaments led Scott Seaver to try his hand at live tournaments. Before graduating from college, he traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the World Poker Tour’s Los Angeles Poker Classic and finished 19th in the Main Event, collecting over $26,000. During this time, he gained valuable experience and won his first gold bracelet at the 2008 World Championship of Poker. In the summer of 2007, he left the business world and headed to Las Vegas to take part in the World Series of Poker. He decided to make this city his home and cashed three times in the World Series of Poker tournaments.

His victories led to his increased participation in live tournaments: in 2009, he made the final table of the $25,000 high roller event at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, finishing third for $137,000. Scott then won the $5,000 no-limit hold’em event at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $218,008.

In 2011, “Gunning4you” increased his bankroll to $1,618,000 by winning the $25,500 NLH tournament at the WPT Tournament of Champions Five-Star World Poker Classic. This is far from the only time Seaver has won a seven-figure prize. In 2013, for example, he took first place in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller for $2,003,000.

His biggest win to date remains the $5,160,000 he received for second place in the Super High Roller. Seaver’s results show that he is truly one of the best players in the world, and Scott chose poker as his main activity because it brings him not only profit, but also pleasure.

Best tournament achievements

Event Where Year Place Prize
WPT500, Aria Poker Classic Las Vegas 2015 2 $5,160,000
Super High Roller Bowl Las Vegas 2015 3 $2,580,000
PCA Paradise Island 2013 1 $2,003,480
WPT Championship Las Vegas 2011 1 $1,618,344

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World Series of Poker Bracelets

Year Event Buy-in Prize
2008 No Limit Hold’em $ 5,000 $755,891
2018 Limit Hold’em Championship $ 10,000 $296,222
2019 Razz $10,000 $301,421

The player’s opinion about his own success

In a popular interview, Scott Seaver lifts the lid on success, acknowledging that while luck is important, there are more important factors in achieving results. When he started his career, people still viewed big poker games as entertainment. But as a mental exercise it requires a different approach.

Siver’s recipe for success in poker:

  • Mathematical methods and cool calculations are required.
  • A critical analysis of future actions based on previous poker experience is required.
  • Even if you are successful, you cannot be complacent. You must admit your mistakes and work to prevent them from happening again.
  • It is necessary to analyze each tournament and how your opponents acted in key situations. This way you will know which players beat you and why.

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