Seymour's WSOP run comes to an end

Ross Houston
July 12, 2019

There are only 354 players remaining from the 8,569 players who began the tournament, the marquee event of the year for poker players.

That's the case for retired National Football League veteran Richard Seymour, who finished the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event in the money, after making boatloads of cash during his playing days.

Since hanging up the cleats in 2012, the seven-time Pro Bowler has spent the last several years as a competitive poker player; competing all around the world.

According to, Seymour had "life" late, but "a queen on the turn doomed him".

If Seymour could have made it to the final table, not only would he have had a chance to take home a diamond bracelet, but he'd also have a shot at winning the $10 million in prize money that will be handed out to the victor of the main event. To put that in perspective, there were a total of 8,569 entrants into this year's Main Event, which means Seymour outlasted 8,215 players, more than 95 percent of the field. Anybody can play, but the buy-in is $10,000. The top 1,286 contestants were each awarded at least $15,000, which isn't a bad chunk of change even with the entry fee deducted. "And I made Day 2", Seymour explained.

"I really get to compete from a mental intelligence standpoint, while expanding and growing with the game", Seymour told ESPN in 2017.

Seymour has become an accomplished poker player in retirement. While Seymour is bursting onto the national poker scene with this performance, he isn't brand new.

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