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Buy-In: $15,000 + $400
Prize Pool: $4,761,450
Entrants: 329

WPT Doyle Brunson Classic Championship

  • Dec 14, '09 - Dec 19, '09
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Updates on Final Day (Dec 19, 09)

 
 

Daniel Alaei Wins 2009 Doyle Brunson Classic Championship ($1,428,430)

Daniel AlaeiCongratulations to Daniel Alaei, who is the 2009 Doyle Brunson Classic Championship winner. Alaei will take home $1,428,430, a $25,000 entry in the WPT Championship and a Rolex watch from Bellagio.

Alaei, who plays regulary in the Big Game in Bobby’s Room, now owns 2/3 of Poker’s Triple Crown. Alaei is now just shy of $4 million in career earnings.

That concludes our coverage. See you in January when we bring you live updates, chip counts and interviews from the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas for the EPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Player Tags: Daniel Alaei
 

Josh Arieh Eliminated in Second Place ($952,290)

Josh AriehAfter winning two small pots, Daniel Alaei had Josh Arieh covered when the final hand went down. Alaei raised to 700,000 and Arieh called.

The flop came down 10Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit2Spade Suit and Alaei bet 900,000. Arieh moved all in and after about 15 seconds, Alaei called with 10Heart Suit8Diamond Suit. Arieh showed pocket sevens and needed help to stay alive.

The turn and river came 6Heart Suit8Club Suit and Arieh was eliminated.

Level 29 — 120,000-240,000 with a 20,000 ante

Seat 1 — Daniel Alaei — 1st Place ($1,428,430)
Seat 2 — Faraz Jaka — 3rd Place ($571,374)
Seat 3 — Josh Arieh — 2nd Place ($952,290)
Seat 4 — Steve O’Dwyer — 6th Place ($202,362)
Seat 5 — Scotty Nguyen — 5th Place ($249,976)
Seat 6 — Shawn Buchanan — 4th Place ($333,302)

Player Tags: Josh Arieh,   Daniel Alaei
 

Back To Even

Josh Arieh limped and Daniel Alaei raised to 790,000. Arieh raised all in and Alaei made the quick call with ASpade SuitQDiamond Suit. Arieh showed a dominated AClub Suit7Heart Suit, but connected when the board came 9Heart Suit9Spade Suit2Club Suit7Spade Suit8Diamond Suit. After the hand, both players were virtually even in chips.

Level 29 — 120,000-240,000 with a 20,000 ante

Seat 1 — Daniel Alaei — 9,810,000
Seat 2 — Faraz Jaka — 3rd Place ($571,374)
Seat 3 — Josh Arieh — 9,960,000
Seat 4 — Steve O’Dwyer — 6th Place ($202,362)
Seat 5 — Scotty Nguyen — 5th Place ($249,976)
Seat 6 — Shawn Buchanan — 4th Place ($333,302)

Player Tags: Josh Arieh,   Daniel Alaei
 

Break

The players are now on a quick break while tournament officials race off the 5,000 chips.

Here’s a look at the chip counts:

Seat 1 — Daniel Alaei — 14,450,000
Seat 2 — Faraz Jaka — 3rd Place ($571,374)
Seat 3 — Josh Arieh — 5,320,000
Seat 4 — Steve O’Dwyer — 6th Place ($202,362)
Seat 5 — Scotty Nguyen — 5th Place ($249,976)
Seat 6 — Shawn Buchanan — 4th Place ($333,302)

 

Daniel Alaei Doubles Through Josh Arieh

Well the action came fast to start heads up play. Josh Arieh raised to 500,000 and Daniel Alaei reraised too 1,600,000. Arieh moved all in and Alaei called.

Amazingly, Alaei showed pocket queens and even more amazingly, Arieh held ADiamond SuitKClub Suit. The classic race situation went Alaei’s way, when the board ran out JDiamond Suit9Spade Suit5Diamond SuitJClub Suit3Heart Suit.

Level 28 — 100,000-200,000 with a 15,000 ante

Seat 1 — Daniel Alaei — 14,640,000
Seat 2 — Faraz Jaka — 3rd Place ($571,374)
Seat 3 — Josh Arieh — 5,130,000
Seat 4 — Steve O’Dwyer — 6th Place ($202,362)
Seat 5 — Scotty Nguyen — 5th Place ($249,976)
Seat 6 — Shawn Buchanan — 4th Place ($333,302)

Player Tags: Josh Arieh,   Daniel Alaei
 

Money Presentation

We are now breaking for the money presentation. Four lovely ladies are bringing in $1,428,430 in cash and placing it on the table between our two finalists.

 

Faraz Jaka Eliminated in Third Place ($571,374)

Faraz JakaFaraz Jaka moved all in from the button for 2,590,000 and Daniel Alaei called in the big blind.

Jaka showed ASpade Suit6Heart Suit, but Alaei woke up with pocket kings. The board ran out KSpade Suit10Club Suit4Heart Suit8Diamond Suit4Spade Suit and Jaka was eliminated.

Level 28 — 100,000-200,000 with a 15,000 ante

Seat 1 — Daniel Alaei — 6,780,000
Seat 2 — Faraz Jaka — 3rd Place ($571,374)
Seat 3 — Josh Arieh — 12,990,000
Seat 4 — Steve O’Dwyer — 6th Place ($202,362)
Seat 5 — Scotty Nguyen — 5th Place ($249,976)
Seat 6 — Shawn Buchanan — 4th Place ($333,302)

Player Tags: Daniel Alaei,   Faraz Jaka
 

Break

After all of that hysteria, the players are now on a short break.

 

Shawn Buchanan Eliminated in Fourth Place ($333,302)

Shawn BuchananShawn Buchanan moved all in from under the gun for 1,540,000 and Daniel Alaei isolated all in for his last 3,745,000. Everyone folded and Buchanan showed KHeart Suit8Diamond Suit, which was dominated by Alaei’s AClub SuitKDiamond Suit.

The board came 9Heart Suit7Diamond Suit3Spade Suit9Spade SuitJDiamond Suit and Buchanan was eliminated.

Level 27 — 80,000-160,000 with a 15,000 ante

Seat 1 — Daniel Alaei — 5,585,000
Seat 2 — Faraz Jaka — 3,495,000
Seat 3 — Josh Arieh — 10,690,000
Seat 4 — Steve O’Dwyer — 6th Place ($202,362)
Seat 5 — Scotty Nguyen — 5th Place ($249,976)
Seat 6 — Shawn Buchanan — 4th Place ($333,302)

Player Tags: Shawn Buchanan,   Daniel Alaei
 

Daniel Alaei Doubles Through Josh Arieh

Daniel AlaeiJosh Arieh raised to 425,000 from under the gun and Daniel Alaei moved all in for 1,770,000. Arieh called and showed KSpade SuitJHeart Suit and was behind to Alaei’s AHeart Suit9Club Suit.

The board came AClub Suit8Spade Suit5Diamond Suit10Club Suit3Club Suit and Alaei doubled up.

Level 27 — 80,000-160,000 with a 15,000 ante

Seat 1 — Daniel Alaei — 3,760,000
Seat 2 — Faraz Jaka — 3,590,000
Seat 3 — Josh Arieh — 10,865,000
Seat 4 — Steve O’Dwyer — 6th Place ($202,362)
Seat 5 — Scotty Nguyen — 5th Place ($249,976)
Seat 6 — Shawn Buchanan — 1,555,000

Player Tags: Josh Arieh,   Daniel Alaei
 
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