Author: Lyka Adams
Daniel Alaei is perhaps best well known for his many appearances on popular television shows which feature cash game action, including the first three seasons of “High Stakes Poker” . Daniel Alaei outlasted 328 other poker players to take down the World Poker Tour (WPT) Doyle Brunson Classic Championship earlier this evening, taking home $1,428,430, an entry into the $25k WPT Championship and a Rolex watch in the process. Daniel Alaei is a young professional poker player from Santa Fe Sperings, California and presently residews in Las Vegas. He won his first World Series Of Poker (WSOP) bracelet in 2006. Before winning an enormous poker bracelets and taking home countless of pots in a poker tournament. Daniel Alaei was a used sports car dealer, he would travel to shows to buy sports car and resell them. Although noted for his skills at the cash table, Daniel has quietly but surely amassed over a million in tournament winnings, predominantly aided by his WSOP 2006 bracelet win in the $5,000 Deuce to 7-Lowball rebuy event, further acknowledgment of his strength in depth for someone so young. Although aloof at the felt with a seemingly fixed sunglasses/headphones pairing, Daniel is widely regarded as a pleasant, softly spoken character who never has a bad word to say about anyone - here lies a player who won't be whooping, hollering or criticizing an opponent's play, a trait that has garnered him the peer respect he deserves. With his victory, Daniel Alaei now has about $3.8 million dollars in total lifetime tournament cashes. Alaei also managed to accomplish the very difficult task of winning both a World Series of Poker bracelet and WPT title in the same year. Daniel Alaei had to battle through a very stacked final table that included the likes of Josh Arieh, Faraz Jaka and Scotty Nguyen. He came into heads up play with only about half as many chips as Josh Arieh but Daniel Alaei was able to rally, win a big race and go on to take the title at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic . Josh Arieh had a shot to win the title when he had Danny all in with his AK against the pocket queens of Alaei. The two had raised back and forth preflop until all the chips were in in a classic race situation. Once the betting was done there was over 14 million in the pot and after the queens held up Danny Alaei jumped to the chip lead. The two battled and Arieh dropped to below 5 million chips before they were all in again. This time Alaei had Arieh dead to rights with his A of spades and Q of diamond dominating the A of clubs and 7 of hearts of Josh Arieh. The 9-9-2-7-8 board paired the live card for Arieh though and he was able to double up to bring the players to almost dead even in chips with 10 million each. Daniel Alaei made a great comeback after being the short stack at one point and he didn't hide the fact that it was an especially sweet win for him. “I’ve been wanting one of these for a while. I was basically the only one of my friends that didn’t have one, now I’ve got one and it feels great," he said to Pokerlistings.com.
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