Huckleberry “Huck” Seed (born January 15, 1969) is an American professional poker player best known for winning the 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event.
Seed was born in Santa Clara, California, but grew up in Corvallis, Montana, where he attended Corvallis High School. He was a member of the 1987 Montana All-State basketball team. Seed was an electrical engineering student at the California Institute of Technology and a member of Fleming House. He got a leave in 1989, started playing poker, and never returned to college. Seed was a star player on Caltech’s basketball team and appeared in the 2006 documentary Quantum Hoops.
Seed won the 1996 World Series of Poker main event, winning its second bracelet and $ 1,000,000 first prize. He made the final table of the 1999 WSOP main event, but was eliminated in sixth place by champion Noel Furlong.
In Poker 2003 World Series, Seed won the fourth career bracelet in the $ 3000 Limit Razz tournament. He defeated Phil Ivey in a single match and won the bracelet.
Seed won the 2009 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship, where it took the top prize of $ 500,000 and raised its overall record in the tournament to 18-4, the best of all time for a total win. Additionally, Seed became the only player to earn cash in every NBC Heads-Up tournament. Seed’s streak lost to Erik Seidel, who came in second in the 2010 tournament with a first-round loss.
In 2010, Seed won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions freeroll for $ 500,000.
On December 17, 2020, Seed was announced as one of ten finalists for entry to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2020. On 30 December 2020, Seed was announced as the 2020 candidate for the Poker Hall of Fame after receiving 76 votes ahead of Matt Savage (51 votes), ™ Scheinberg (45 votes) and Eli Elezra (30 votes).
As of February 2021, total live tournament earnings have exceeded $ 7,600,000. He owns four WSOP bracelets and has cashed 54 times on the WSOP, accounting for $ 3,653,465 of his live tournament winnings.
Seed has been involved in many “support bets”. He once made a $ 10,000 offer with Phil Hellmuth and Konstantin Othmer that he could swim in the ocean for 24 hours without touching the bottom. As per the betting rules, he was not allowed to bet more than $ 15,000 and was able to finalize the bet without trying $ 5,000, which was what happened in the end. This bet has been reported incorrectly; Seed discussed this on a podcast.
Seed once made a six-figure bet four times a day on a desert golf course that he could break 100 using just five irons, sand wedges, and golf clubs. He also bet he could spend a year without shaving.