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WSOP -- Daniel Alaei Wins Event No. 18

Alaei Takes Home His Second Gold Bracelet and $445,898 for an Impressive Victory


Daniel Alaei won event No. 18 ($10,000 Omaha eight-or-better world championship) at the World Series of Poker on Tuesday, June 9. Alaei took home the first-place prize of $445,898 and his second gold bracelet for defeating a tough field of 179 players. Alaei won his first gold bracelet at the 2006 WSOP in a $5,000 no-limit deuce-to-seven lowball event.

The final heads-up match came down to a face-off between two of the most well-rounded younger poker players in the world when Alaei took a chip lead into battle against Scott Clements. The final battle lasted just two hands though, with Alaei securing the victory. Alaei faced a tough final table stacked with pros such as Clements, Daniel Negreanu, Annie Duke, and John Monnette, but he prevailed in impressive style. The final day began with 17 players, and other notable contenders who just missed the final table included Toto Leonidas (17th place), Alex Kravchenko (16th place), Ted Lawson (14th place), and Jacobo Fernandez (11th place).

Here are the final results:

1. Daniel Alaei – $445,898
2. Scott Clements – $275,946
3. Ben Boyd – $182,730
4. Daniel Negreanu – $130,401
5. John Monnette – $97,422
6. Greg Jamison – $77,736
7. Tom Koral – $65,453
8. Annie Duke – $58,049
9. Yueqi Zhu – $54,179

Here is a look at how the elimination hands came down in’s live updates:

Yueqi Zhu Eliminated in Ninth Place ($54,179)

Zhu raised preflop and he was called by Daniel Alaei in the small blind, as well as Greg Jamison in the big blind. The flop came down KHeart Suit 9Heart Suit 9Club Suit, and Alaei led out with a bet. Jamison made the call, and Zhu raised all in. Both players called, and the turn brought the QDiamond Suit. Jamison then moved all in, and Alaei mucked. Jamison revealed his hand and showed a set of jacks, better than Zhu’s two pair. The river was the 5Club Suit, and Zhu was eliminated.

Annie DukeAnnie Duke Eliminated in Eighth Place ($58,049)

Annie Duke raised to 60,000 preflop, and Greg Jamison reraised all in. John Monnette made the call, and Duke called all in. Then everyone showed their hands.

Duke: ADiamond Suit KDiamond Suit QDiamond Suit 2Diamond Suit
Jamison: ASpade Suit JSpade Suit 5Club Suit 3Club Suit
Monnette: 8Heart Suit 7Heart Suit 9Diamond Suit 3Diamond Suit

Board: 6Heart Suit 3Spade Suit 2Club Suit 6Diamond Suit 7Club Suit

Monnette won the high pot with two pair, sevens and threes, while Jamison took the low pot, and Duke was left with nothing as she was eliminated in eighth place.

Tom Koral Eliminated in Seventh Place ($65,453)

Koral was all in for his last 105,000 before the flop and both John Monnette and Daniel Negreanu made the call. Monnette and Negreanu checked every street on a board that ran out ADiamond Suit 6Spade Suit 5Heart Suit 6Club Suit 9Heart Suit.

Monnette turned over AClub Suit KClub Suit 10Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit for aces up with a king kicker. Negreanu showed AHeart Suit QSpade Suit JSpade Suit 3Club Suit for aces up with a queen kicker. Koral could only show a pair of kings in his hand, and he was eliminated as Monnette scooped the pot.

Greg JamisonGreg Jamison Eliminated in Sixth Place ($77,736)

Jamison raised to 100,000, and Daniel Negreanu made the call. The flop came down KDiamond Suit 3Club Suit 2Heart Suit, and Jamison led out with 50,000. Negreanu raised to 100,000, and Jamison three-bet to 150,000. Negreanu raised again to 200,000, and Jamison called all in.

Negreanu: JSpade Suit 4Spade Suit 2Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit
Jamison: AHeart Suit KClub Suit 5Spade Suit 3Heart Suit

Negreanu flopped a set of deuces, besting Jamison’s top two pair. The turn was the 8Diamond Suit, and the river was the ASpade Suit. Negreanu scooped the pot, knocking Jamison out in sixth place.

John Monnette

John Monnette Eliminated in Fifth Place ($97,422)

With just 15,000 left in his stack, John Monnette was all in against Daniel Alaei and Ben Boyd. The board ran out ASpade Suit 5Heart Suit 4Diamond Suit 6Diamond Suit JClub Suit, and Boyd exposed 8-7-4-2 for a straight to scoop the pot. Monnette mucked his 10-9-3-2, and he was eliminated close to a bracelet for the second time this summer.

Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu Eliminated in Fourth Place ($130,401)

Facing a raise preflop from Scott Clements, Daniel Negreanu called from the big blind, leaving only 40,000 behind. The flop came 4Heart Suit 4Club Suit 3Spade Suit, and Negreanu bet the last of his chips. He was quickly called by Clements.

Their hands:

Negreanu:: 10Heart Suit 9Spade Suit 4Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit
Clements: 5Spade Suit 5Club Suit 3Club Suit 2Spade Suit

Negreanu was ahead of trip fours, however the ASpade Suit on the turn gave Clements the wheel and left Negreanu hoping for a full house. The JSpade Suit fell on the river, and Negreanu was out in fourth place.

Ben Boyd Eliminated in Third Place ($182,730)

Scott Clements limped into the pot from the button, and Daniel Alaei completed from the small blind. Ben Boyd checked and the flop was dealt JSpade Suit 5Heart Suit 2Club Suit. Alaei bet 80,000, and Boyd moved all in for an additional 10,000. Both Clements and Alaei made the call, and they both checked the KHeart Suit on the turn. The river fell 3Club Suit, and Alaei fired out a bet. Clements mucked, and the final two players turned up their cards:

Alaei: KSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit 4Spade Suit
Boyd: JHeart Suit 9Diamond Suit 8Diamond Suit 4Heart Suit

Alaei won the hand with his 6-high straight, and Boyd was eliminated in third place.

Daniel Alaei

Daniel Alaei Wins Event No. 18 ($445,898)

In the second hand of the final heads-up match, Scott Clements raised, and Daniel Alaei three-bet preflop. Clements four-bet all in, and Alaei made the call. Their cards:

Alaei: ADiamond Suit KClub Suit KHeart Suit 4Club Suit
Clements: AHeart Suit 5Heart Suit 3Club Suit 2Heart Suit

Board: QClub Suit 9Spade Suit 7Club Suit 10Spade Suit KSpade Suit

Alaei won the hand and the tournament while Clements was eliminated in second place ($275,946). Alaei takes home $445,898 in prize money and his second gold bracelet for the victory over an impressive field.