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WSOP: Alaei Wins Third Bracelet

Grabs Chip Lead With Four Left And Doesn't Let Go


AlaeiDaniel Alaei has won his third World Series of Poker bracelet.

The $10,000 pot-limit Omaha world championship saw some of poker’s finest come out to compete for WSOP glory. Among the 346 entrants Daniel Alaei quietly played his way into the final day, arriving at the final table ranked third in chips.

He took the chip lead with four players left and never relinquished it.

By beating Miguel Proulx heads up Alaei won the $780,599 first-place prize and his third WSOP bracelet.

He won his first WSOP bracelet in no-limit deuce-to-seven draw lowball in 2006, and last year he took down the $10,000 Omaha eight-or-better world championship.

Final-Table Results

1. Daniel Alaei — $780,599
2. Miguel Proulx — $482,265
3. Ville Mattila — $354,218
4. Ludovic Lacay — $262,208
5. Trevor Uyesugi — $195,631
6. Stephen Pierson — $147,138
7. Dmitry Stelmak — $111,524
8. Alexander Kravchenko — $85,180
9. Matthew Wheat — $65,568

Elimination Hands

WheatWheat First to Go, Out in Ninth ($65,568)

Matthew Wheat raised to 100,000 from the button and Trevor Uyesugi made the call from the big blind.

The flop came QHeart Suit 9Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit and Uyesugi checked to Wheat. Wheat bet 220,000 and Uyesugi raised enough to put Wheat all in. Wheat called. Their hands:

Uyesugi: ASpade Suit QDiamond Suit QSpade Suit 8Diamond Suit
Wheat: QClub Suit 10Diamond Suit 6Club Suit 5Diamond Suit

Uyesugi held a flopped set and flush draw. Wheat held a pair, straight draw and weaker flush draw. The turn was the 2Heart Suit and the river 10Club Suit didn’t improve Wheat enough, sending him home in ninth place for $65,568.

KravchenkoKravchenko Falls in Eighth ($85,180)

Ville Mattila raised to 110,000 and Alexander Kravchenko raised the last of his 225,000 in from the big blind. Mattila called and they showed down:

Mattila: JSpade Suit 7Club Suit 6Spade Suit 4Heart Suit
Kravchenko: ADiamond Suit 9Spade Suit 8Club Suit 8Heart Suit

Kravchenko was in the lead and stayed that way on a QDiamond Suit QHeart Suit 3Spade Suit flop. The turn was the 7Diamond Suit, giving both players straight draws but keeping Kravchenko ahead. The 5Heart Suit river was a bad card for the Russian, as it gave Mattila his straight and eliminated Kravchenko in eighth place. He made $85,180.

StelmakAlaei KO’s Stelmak in Seventh ($111,524)

Dmitry Stelmak opened for 175,000 and Daniel Alaei moved all in, having Stelmak covered. Stelmak called and saw he was behind. Their hands:

Stelmak: AHeart Suit KHeart Suit QClub Suit 6Spade Suit
Alaei: AClub Suit ASpade Suit QDiamond Suit 9Heart Suit

The flop missed everyone, running JHeart Suit 8Spade Suit 4Diamond Suit, but the 7Heart Suit on the turn gave Stelmak the flush draw. The river brought the 2Diamond Suit and Alaei’s aces held up to boot Stelmak in seventh place, for $111,524.

PiersonPierson Falls to Kings in Sixth ($147,138)

Miguel Proulx put in a raise and Stephen Pierson reraised from the big blind. Proulx raised enough to put Pierson all in, and he called. Their hands:

Pierson: ADiamond Suit JClub Suit 10Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit
Proulx: KHeart Suit KDiamond Suit 4Club Suit 2Spade Suit

The board ran 9Spade Suit 7Heart Suit 6Spade Suit QSpade Suit 10Heart Suit and Pierson was unable to best Proulx’s kings. He busted in sixth, taking $147,138 of the prize pool.

PiersonUyesugi Rivered Out in Fifth ($195,631)

Trevor Uyesugi opened to 280,000 and Daniel Alaei put in a raise to put Uyesugi all in. Uyesugi put in his remaining chips and they showed down:

Alaei: QSpade Suit JClub Suit 10Diamond Suit 7Club Suit
Uyesugi: 8Heart Suit 7Spade Suit 6Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit

The flop ran 10Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit to give Uyesugi two pair. The KDiamond Suit fell on the turn and he was still ahead, but the 10Spade Suit river gave Alaei the best hand and Uyesugi was gone in fifth, for $195,631.

LacayLacay Busts in Fourth ($262,208)

Ludovic Lacay put his last 415,000 all in preflop and Daniel Alaei called. After some long consideration and confusion from Ville Mattila, he folded and Alaei and Lacay showed their hands:

Lacay: KSpade Suit JHeart Suit 9Diamond Suit 2Spade Suit
Alaei: AHeart Suit KClub Suit QDiamond Suit JSpade Suit

The board ran out QClub Suit 5Club Suit 2Diamond Suit 10Club Suit 3Heart Suit, giving Alaei two pair and eliminating Lacay in fourth place, for which he made $262,208.

MattilaMattila Finishes in Third ($354,218)

Ville Mattila raised the pot from the button and Daniel Alaei reraised the pot from the small blind, enough to put Mattila in. He called. Their hands:

Mattila: AHeart Suit KDiamond Suit 7Diamond Suit 2Club Suit
Alaei: KSpade Suit KHeart Suit 6Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit

The flop ran ASpade Suit JClub Suit 6Club Suit, giving Mattila the best hand going into the turn. That’s when things started looking grim for Mattila, as the KClub Suit fell to give Alaei a set. The river was the 10Spade Suit and Mattila was gone in third place, making $354,218.

With that, Alaei and Miguel Proulx were heads up and Alaei held a dominating chip lead.

ProulxAlaei Wins Event No. 55 ($780,599), Proulx Gets Runner-Up ($482,265)

In a quiet limped pot, the flop ran 10Spade Suit 9Heart Suit 5Club Suit and Miguel Proulx checked, allowing Daniel Alaei to bet 250,000. Proulx called and again checked on the 2Club Suit turn. Alaei bet 900,000 and Proulx raised all in. Alaei called quickly. Their hands:

Alaei: 7Club Suit 6Club Suit 5Spade Suit 5Heart Suit
Proulx: AClub Suit KHeart Suit 10Heart Suit 2Heart Suit

Alaei held a set and Proulx was in trouble. The river brought the JHeart Suit and Alaei eliminated Proulx in second place ($482,265) to win event No. 55 and his third WSOP bracelet. He also earned $780,599.