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WSOP 2010 The Final Countdown -- Father And Son

Rebecca McAdam Continues Her Trip Down The World Series of Poker 2010 Memory Lane

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Daniel AlaeiAs the November Nine prepare to take to the felt, bringing to an end the WSOP 2010, Rebecca McAdam relives her favourite memories from this year’s Series.

Two bracelet ceremonies I will always remember were in honour of Israeli Tomer Berda and American pro Daniel Alaei. Berda decided to fly his father out for his birthday so that he could play some poker. However when Papa Berda got to the airport, he realised his visa had expired so he missed the flight.

Overnight, a visa was made possible and he arrived a day late. It was going to be perfect timing for the Berda boys however, as two days later Tomer was on the final table of event No. 56, a $2,500 no-limit hold’em tournament. His heads-up opponent had many supporters, but as Tomer battled his way to the finish line, his father was right behind him, eyes gleaming with pride-driven tears, as they did when Berda received his first bracelet in front of hundreds of players the following day.

The father and son theme was also evident during Daniel Alaei’s (third) bracelet ceremony. While Daniel accepted his bracelet, I noticed a man standing behind me in the corner. He looked familiar, so I asked him, “Are you here for Daniel?” And the man shyly replied, “Yes, I’m his father.” “You must be very proud,” I continued. “Yes. I always try to come and support him at every event. I love to watch him play,” he said beaming in his son’s direction.

Mr. Alaei Senior and I then had a great chat and after a bit of coaxing he got into a few photographs with Daniel. It was a tremendously touching moment shared between two gentle and gracious souls. It’s moments like those that remind me what it is I truly love about working in this industry.