Daniel Alaei Adds Bracelet #5 to His Collection5 years ago
Daniel Alaei has won his fifth WSOP bracelet by topping the field of 157 players in the $10,000 buy in Omaha High-Low Split Championship. Alaei's fifth gold bracelet means that he has become the second youngest player in the history to reach this milestone. Allen Cunningham is still holding the record, however, as he was just a few months younger when he won his fifth bracelet back in 2007.
This was the second time that Alaei was triumphant in the Omaha High-Low Split championship as he won one back in 2009. This year, the event attracted 157 entrants, generating the prize pool of $1,475,800. Alaei had to dodge many bullets before getting to the final table, which was a challenge on its own, as he had to face some tough competition, including three other bracelet winners, Scott Clements, Mike Wattel andKen Aldridge.
30 year-old pro from Los Angeles has revealed that he hasn't planned on playing many tournaments this year adding that this was his first event in 2015. Daniel said this win was a bit surprising as he was short-stacked going into the heads-up against Kyle Maiso, poker pro from Arizona.
Maiso dominated the final moments but even though it looked like Kyle was on his way to winning his first WSOP gold, Alaei was able to win enough pots to turn the tables and then proceeded to claim the victory and $391,097 first prize.
Maiso earned $241,691 for his runner-up finish, which was at the same time his best WSOP finish ever. In fact, this was the biggest score of his poker career and his total live earnings have now reached $282,175.
Alaei's fifth bracelet is certainly something to be proud of, especially because he is only 30 years old, a year younger than Phil Hellmuth was when he claimed his fifth WSOP title. Interesting fact about Alaei is that he plays considerably fewer events during a year compared to many other professional players.
Even though $10,000 buy-in Omaha High Low Split championship was his first event in 2015, it won’t be the last. As he revealed, when it comes to the rest of the Series, he plans to play in some other $10K buy-in events.
When asked about No-Limit games Alaei has revealed that he doesn’t play any of No-Limit events because he feels that players are very advanced and often better than him.
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