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Daniel Alaei, Playing FTOP's, Looking for a German Shepherd

by Roy Winston |  Published: Dec 20, '09


First off, I would like to congratulate someone I consider to be a great player and a good friend, Daniel Alaei, who won the WPT Doyle Brunson Classic. I have had the opportunity to play both tournaments and cash games with him and know he’s one of the best out there. I unfortunately didn’t make it to that event, I have been working on some projects at home and playing online daily. I have played most of the mini FTOP events and have had a few decent cashes but haven’t been able to go the distance. I have been really working on my online game this month trying to play quality poker and have certainly been putting in the hours. I kind of wish the mini FTOPs or the regular FTOPs would run continuously, although I might become a shut in.
I’ve made some changes in my January schedule. I won’t be making the trek to Melbourne for the Aussie Millions this year. Although I wish I could figure out a way to get there- but I have too many previous commitments. I will be in Cyprus for the beginning of January, for what should be great live action and a good tournament or two. For more information, go to I’m planning on making it to Beau Rivage after Cyprus, but will definitely make it to Borgata for their winter tournament series. As usual, they have a great assortment of events with excellent structures and as good of a tournament/poker room as you’ll find anywhere. Following the Borgata, Matt Savage has put together yet another tournament series at The Commerce, and if that’s not enough for you the WSOP schedule for 2010 was just released.
On a personal note, it’s been a little over a year since I lost my dog Falko. I feel like I am now ready to find a new dog, but it will have to be another German Sheppard. Convincing my wife has been tough let me tell you.

Roy Winston finished 16th in 2007 Card Player, Player of the Year race. He won the WPT Borgata Poker Open and finished the year with well over $2 million in tournament poker winnings. Roy plays online exclusively at Full Tilt. For more information on Roy Winston, you can visit his website: or send an email to: with your questions or comments. The contents presented herein on this blog are purely the opinions of Roy Winston, and are not intended to reflect or promote the opinions of any other person, group, or entity. If you like what I write than thanks for reading, and if not well, thanks anyway.

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