Poker player Daniel Alaei has once again proved his uncanny ability to win World Series of Poker (WSOP) events with exceptionally large buy-ins. On Monday morning, he became the champion of the $10k PL Omaha championship tournament for the second time in the course of his career, winning a large first-place prize of $852,692 and a prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.
This takes the total number of WSOP gold bracelets Alaei has won in the course of his lucrative poker career to four. In 2006, he won his first WSOP bracelet when he became the champion of the $5k Deuce to Seven Lowball tournament. In 2009, he won his second WSOP bracelet when he finished first in the $10k Omaha Eight-or-better tournament. In 2011, he became the champion of the $10k PL Omaha event and won his third bracelet. This year, he won the $10k PL Omaha event once again and added another WSOP gold bracelet to his collection.
Alaei, a 28 year old poker player who hails from California, had to beat a field of 386 players to emerge as the champion of the $10k PL Omaha event. Usually Alaei plays high-stakes poker games, and so far, he has won a total of $6.35 million playing live poker tournaments alone.
Expressing his feelings, Alai said: “It feels great to win. It’s been a few years. It’s nice to get this one, especially since I do not play as many as I used to. I gave the first bracelet I won to my father. He passed away in December of last year. So I have that one at home. The second one is with my Mom. The third one is with my brother. And this one’s going to my wife. I promised her one two years ago and was finally able to fulfill that promise.”
The other players who reached the final table of the $10k PL Omaha tournament were Tom Marchese, Alex Kravchenko, and Jared Bleznick, who emerged as the runner-up of the event.
As the champion, Daniel Alaei collected $852,692; and as the runner-up, Jared Bleznick collected $526,625. The players who finished third, fourth, and fifth were James Wiese, Tom Marchese, and Numit Agarwal, who won $380,836, $278,298, and $205,512, respectively. The players who finished sixth, seventh, and eighth were Gjergj Sinishtaj, Sean Dempsey, and Rory Brennan, who won $153,372, $115,637, and $88,061, respectively. Alex Kravchenko, the player who finished ninth, won $67,742.