Mark Seif

Mark Seif is a professional poker player from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Born in 1967 in Egypt, Seif moved to the United States with his family when he was a young boy and attended high school in Pasadena, California. After that, he graduated in 1991 from UCLA with high honors with a bachelor's degree in Economics. From 1994 to 1997, he attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. After he graduated, Seif was selected as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and his job involved him working on the OJ Simpson trial. From 1997 to 2001, Seif was a practicing attorney specializing in representing management in labor and employment law, including sexual harassment law. His clients included large multi-national corporations and small businesses. Later in his career, he handled some criminal cases involving serious felonies, including first degree murder.

Seif first learned to play poker around age 6 by participating in a family game. He feels that his experience as a lawyer helps him at the table in reading his opponents. He was using his analytical abilities to play high-stakes games when he won more than a half a million in cash games at the 2001 WSOP. It was then in 2001 when he started to playing poker professionally.

Seif's career took off when he made it to the 2002 WPT Legends of Poker final table and finished in fourth place. In May 2003, Seif had his first WSOP cash in the $3,000 no limit Texas hold'em event, finishing in 9th place at a final table that included Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Erik Seidel.

Seif's biggest accomplishment happened when he won two WSOP bracelets back-to-back in 2005, winning $181,330 in the $1,500 limit hold'em shootout and $611,145 in the $1,500 no limit hold'em events. He beat a field of 450 players in the first event and 2,013 players in the second event (the third largest field in WSOP history), which had Greg Raymer and Dave Ulliott at the final table. His back-to-back bracelet wins is among the greatest accomplishments in WSOP history considering the size of the fields.

Later in 2005, Seif won the US Poker Championship in seven-card stud at the Taj Majal in Atlantic City, New Jersey for $ 55,000 and th en made the final table at the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) that same year.

In 2007, during season 5 of the WPT, he finished 4th at the 2007 World Poker Challenge in Reno, winning $159,478. During season 7, he finished 5th at the Borgata Poker Open for $287,500.

Seif is a commentator for the Professional Poker Tour on the Travel Channel, was a WPT Boot Camp instructor, and has been representing Absolute Poker since 2004.

As of 2009, Seif has 2 WSOP bracelets, 9 WSOP cashes, and total live tournament winnings exceeding $3,400,000.


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he got caught trying to cheat and win 500k on absolute poker. he called an all in with j high, so obvious he could see the opponents hole cards. havent hear a peep from him since

DonkeySlayer on October 16, 2008

Yeah, doesn't surprise me at all. Fucking cheaters all over the place on line.

Doesn't surprise me either, that DONKS like Seif have to cheat to earn their pay.

bad_dog76 on April 21, 2008

he just got popped cheating on Absoulute pokers website. hes in big trouble. cheating piece of crap

DonkeySlayer on January 3, 2008

Lose my keys, lost my mind, still here on Lime.
Here we are years later...and...
What is missing in action is the connection.
The line has gone dead.
restart all over again. k-

dermdoc on August 23, 2007

how come on the ppt, you are a commentator and not playing. Are you scared?

jarrel on July 25, 2006

I seen him this morning on AP and he won 17K$ in 2-3h. It was interesting.

pekinight on April 8, 2006

Must acknowledge WSOP Braclets.........BUT A PROSECUTOR HAS
TO BE, AND WILL ALWAYS BE, A [edited], who doesn't
care if your guilty or not, only cares about winning his case.

????? on December 15, 2005

Mark, just saw the reply of your back to back victory at this year's WSOP. Knew the name and face right when I turned it on. You were two classes ahead of me at La Salle High School. My name is Kevin Coffin( Congrats on an awesome accomplishment. Let's go LAN-CERS!!

mcklof on September 22, 2005

I think he is Mark Seif on AbsolutePoker and MarkDShark on Stars. I think he has some other ones too.

Unregistered on August 10, 2005

what is marks online screen name

captainNdiet on August 9, 2005

This guy is pathetic. He expects too much justice at the poker table, like if he's all in with 88 and someone calls with KA he just loses it if they catch a king or ace coz technically he's the favourite (albeit small).

Unregistered on July 25, 2005

WTF? Mark Seif's accomplishment at the WSOP this year will probably NEVER BE REPEATED-EVER! Back to back bracelets? Forget about it!

Clapper11 on July 22, 2005

Mark knocked me out of event #22. We were down to 33 tables and I floped trip queens, he had the pot odds so after I went all in he called me with pocket 7's.(the flop was 2, Ace, Queen) Runner, runner later I was walking away. One of the worst beats in my life and most likely everybody will be able to see it on 9/20 on ESPN. He was gracious about it but the idiot spectators gave him a hard time. That's poker I am just glad he went on to win. (FYI: at the time of that hand he had 13% of the total chips in play with about 360,000. I had twice the average stack with about 58,000. It was an easy risk for him since he couldn't have put me on pocket Queens.)

KyFats on July 13, 2005

i am is so very interesting, that I spent the last ten mins out of my read about you....and I liked it. k-

Unregistered on July 11, 2005

Mark, two-wsop wins already you make everyone at absolute proud (even though you took me for a few thousands a few months ago) I wish you all the luck in the main event and take out all the amatures!!!

MSK3000TB on July 6, 2005

Mark is my favorite poker player by far. He is so fun to watch and he is super sexy!Jill

Jill Spencer on June 30, 2005

Hello to all of you! Thank you for the comments and good luck to everyone playing at this year`s main event.

Mark Seif on June 28, 2005

Holy Shit - Seif Wins Two Wsop Bracelets!!!!!!!!!!!

Unregistered on June 27, 2005

I just won a Mark Seif bobblehead, hopefully he'll do well in the main event this year, so it becomes worth something.

Dave/Dave 27 on June 19, 2005

Seif just one his first WSOP bracelet

Razzo on June 17, 2005

This guy sucks. he has been beat every week for months now, by amateurs at absolute poker. Im not making it up. Go over to absolute and they have given at least 5 free entries to the WSOP. The promotion is you have to play this guy twice. The first time you beat him(and they do)you win 1500.00 The second time you get a free entry to WSOP......absolute has a weekly torun board leader thing and the winner plays this guy.he sucks....

beat on May 20, 2005

this dude is a balla!

poke her hard on May 8, 2005

yep seif won the big stars tournament he was not denying it at his table on absolute last night

stars sucks on May 6, 2005

What a HOT handsome man! He's the best poker player in the world as far as I'm comcerned! Hope to meet him very soon!

Bel/i_luv_tom_petty on May 4, 2005

I heard he just won another $100,000 plus tournament on Stars.

Spazzio on May 1, 2005

mark's hot

Unregistered on March 16, 2005

Looks like Vijay Singh-light.

Unregistered on March 14, 2005

I want to have your baby Mark. Seriously you are so sexy and smart. You are my fave. Hope to meet you some day. xoxo

Jennifer Sue Sullivan on March 5, 2005

Mark gave me 5 dollars for guessing a trivial question on absolute poker room while i was watching him play. great guy and very generous and cool! GOOD LUCK MARK!

epileptic on March 4, 2005

Seif has the best stare in poker

Iceman on January 15, 2005

Your old fan HONEYBUN says hello and good luck and everything is going great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim Herrera/ J/ vetjames on January 9, 2005

I know this guy...he's the Real G LOL! J/K He's a real nice guy!! I met him ONCE..;)

Andy..Nassih on December 23, 2004

I met him in Reno at Fitzpatricks a couple years ago and he was very charming and interesting. He is a lot of fun to talk to because he is very smart and down to earth. I had no idea he was such a great poker player.

Terry from Tahoe on November 30, 2004

Mark is one cool dude glad to see he will be an annoucer on the PPT. I watched him be the commentator in the 2003 world series. He was very very good.

Killer Flops on November 13, 2004

no he wasn't. that is the order of sign-ups

wpt freak on November 11, 2004

this guy was the 2nd or third person to be knocked out of the 2003 WSOP main event

pkrprofessor on November 10, 2004

just heard mark seif will be the expert commentator for the pro poker tour put on by the wpt. i bet he will be good.

wpt freak on November 9, 2004

I just seen Mark take everyones money at absoulute, i grabbed a bowl of popcorn and watched mark turn $1,000 into $12,000 against players at absoulute in less than an hour. He had them all afraid.

msk3000tb on October 14, 2004

Yes Mark is at and he is one of the nicest guys. If you have not tried out AP your missing out. I will be Proud to represent AP with Mark in the 2005 WSOP!

ugaisthteam on October 1, 2004

I heard Seif signed with and that they started offering higher games so I checked it out. Damn they had a lot more action than before and the 25-50 holdem game was the wildest game I have ever seen! Screw Party. I'm going to give it a shot this weekend.

D-RILLO / drillo1981 on September 13, 2004

I have played with Mark at and I must say he is awsome! He has a table named after him there. AND as if that isn't enough, that Mark Seif "stare" is on his icon whenever he is sitting at a table. Always a pleasure with Mark.

Unregistered on September 12, 2004

Mark has signed on with Absolute Poker and plays there quite regularly. He is very down to earth and friendly and quite a comic. He has not let his celebrity status get to his head. I was very impressed by him and he is a GREAT Poker player, you can learn alot from him.

goddess30 pkrgddss77 on September 9, 2004

mark is one of the sweetest guys and if you didn't know this before he was an attorney for the D.A .very intelligent guy,and very polite and handsome

Queen of poker on August 27, 2004

I see now why the pros are so much better than the amateurs. I was at the Bicycle club's Legends of Poker no-limit holdem tournament today and was sitting at Mark Seif's table and saw two amazing plays by him. The first was when two players just called in early position and Mark raised it to 5 times the big blind. Everyone folded to the small blind who then just doubled Mark's raise to 10 times the big blind. The two limpers folded and Mark almost instantly folds A-Q suited face up, the re-raiser shows pocket aces!!! A few hands later Mark makes a small raise about 3 times the big blind, everyone folds to the big blind who calls. The flop comes K-2-4. The big blind makes a small bet, Mark calls. The turn is a Q, the big blind bets a medium size bet again Mark calls. The river is a 9 or something like that and the big blind bets a medium size bet again. Mark almost immediately calls, the big blind shows A-2 off for a pair of twos, and Mark flips over A-4 suited to take down a good size pot with only a pair of fours. What amazing reads!! And it seemed like he was doing that the whole time. He made a believer out of me!

Tommy on August 13, 2004

I remember Mark when he was a waiter at the best BBQ Rib Joint in L.A., Robin's Woodfire BBQ in Pasadena. He was our favorite because he was quick & smart. We knew he'd be successful at what ever he did. Keep up the good work Mark.

Frank Rizzo on August 7, 2004

Nice guy and really funny. Great no limit player.

Unregistered on July 17, 2004

if you raise him a piece of bread, he will fold

flush80 on June 17, 2004

flush80 what have you been smokin? Seif is known as very hard to move off a hand when he gets involved in a pot. Did you see when he called Hon Le with bottom pair like 3s or something against Hon's 2 pair at Legends?

Norwich Native on June 17, 2004

Mark Seif and Hon Le are at the final table of the California State Championship $1000 no limit holdem event today!!!! Im goin!

SOCAL PUNKIE on June 8, 2004 suck. As much as I hate to say it, Hon Le is probably one of the best ever. Many fear him, as well they should.

DUX on June 6, 2004

I luv it when he goes heads up with Hon Le and Hon drills him o the floor boards with his kamakazi style. Seif is good, but is in no way a match for Hon the Great!!

Radiance on June 3, 2004

i love this guy!!!!!!!!

mark seif for president 2004 on May 31, 2004

I miss our friendly chats, but lost touch. I would love to hear from you. It seems as you have been keeping busy, but if you get this, take a minute to update me on your info. so I can get ahold of you

Michele Tyler/Mtyler4 on May 26, 2004

Mark met you in reno at the hilton in 2003 had a great time and good conversation, can't wait to see you at the commerce this june.

paul_southwick on May 22, 2004

Bump Hon Le. His legend continues to grow!! All hail the great one!

Jammer on May 20, 2004

You know my name I kamikazee you!

Hon Le on May 15, 2004

Good luck at the world championship!

Michelle J. on April 28, 2004

I met Mark Seif last night at the WSOP at the Horseshoe. He seemed like a real nice guy he was talking to a couple of people downstairs in the area where they hold the 1 table satellites. I was playing at a table right next to where he was standing. Then something funny as hell happened. There was this drunk guy that kept bothering him and saying things like "oh I've seen you on TV" and "you should have played better and not let that oriental guy put you on tilt man" etc etc. Mark kind of laughed it off at first but you could just see Mark starting to get irritated after a while. After about 5 minutes of this guy talking loudly and kind of leaning real close to Mark and putting his arm on his shoulder Mark said something like he had to go somewhere. The guy then grabs Mark's arm as Mark was starting to walk away. Mark turned around and said something like what F**k are you doing and shot him that deadly killer I'm going to kill you look! It made the guy just about piss his pants! It was hilarious the guy said he was sorry and just stood there for a full minute in total shock kind of swaying back and forth then he just quietly walked away. It was priceless.

JT. on April 24, 2004

Have a shirt from Aruba you may want. Do not know how to get in touch with you. Glad to see you are doing well.

Unregistered on April 22, 2004

Very interesting.

Dr. Vilhauer on April 21, 2004

This guy is the real deal. A week or two ago he won a no limit tournament at hollywood park by destroying the other players 1 by 1 man nobody even wanted to go up against him he had 80% of the chips at the final table.

SOCAL PUNKIE on April 14, 2004

I love to watch the WPT show with him and Hon Le over and over again. It was the coolest by far. I love Mark's stares. Hope you win the WSOP '04 Mark!

J-Lo's Lover on April 8, 2004

I'm looking for Mark too. If you know his email or phone, please let me

lisa on April 1, 2004

Someone told me (who says he knows Mark) that his e-mail address is mseif(AT) Not sure.

Unregistered on April 1, 2004

I just read a post on RGP by Mark Seif and it was about Paul Phillips. For a guy who looks and acts the "tough guy" role from what I've seen on TV, he sounds like a pretty nice guy. He is also very well spoken. Its nice to see a seemingly sharp guy embrace poker as he has. I root for him too.

Poker Newbie on March 27, 2004

Mark looks like an intense thinking man. He is super smart but definitely passionate and excitable. He is one of my favorite players.

Michael Luden on March 24, 2004

Anyone know how I can get a hold of him? Email?

Looking for Mark Seif on March 20, 2004

Will be in Tahoe this weekend 3/19/04. [email][/email].

Lisa Porter on March 17, 2004

Mark Seif has the look of an assasin at the tables. He looks right through people. I love it.

HonLe Hater on March 9, 2004

Mark How are you it's Huber from La Salle. Perone told me he saw you in San Jose. Good Luck send me an email.

David Huber/Huber/dhuber on March 3, 2004

Mark is a hottie

Denise on February 27, 2004

Seif is an awesome NL player, plays with absolutely no fear, cash or tournament.

beener on February 26, 2004

" You Raise Me? You No Raise Me! I Call"

Hon Le on February 19, 2004

He's scared of Hon Le

kc kid on February 12, 2004

asdf you are an idiot Mr. Seif won that Pokerstars tournament and they played out till the end

Brett on January 20, 2004

You are totally wrong asdf.I have seen Mark Sief play at many tournaments and he is NOT scared of anyone.

Kimmy on January 20, 2004

What exactly does that mean asdf?

Larry on January 19, 2004

you should have played to the final table on PokerStars

asdf on January 17, 2004

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