World Poker Tour Daniel Alaei Wins Brunson Classic
The latest stop on the World Poker Tour concluded yesterday with Daniel Alaei capturing the Doyle Brunson Classic title and over $1.4 million. Alaei has been a regular on the WPT circuit for a number of years now and has a fearsome reputation amongst the poker world’s intelligentsia for being a devastating tournament and cash player.
The young star first made a name for himself back in 2004 when he had an amazing WSOP run and he further cemented his reputation as a top player when he appeared on season 3 of High Stakes Poker. Although he has flown under-the-radar in recent years his confidence hasn’t dropped and after having a great run online in Pokerstars recent SCOOP series a live win was always on the cards. Alaei had to beat out one of the toughest WPT final tables of the season with fellow pros Josh Arieh, Shawn Buchanan and Scotty Nguyen all making the final table.
First of the trio to exit was the prince of poker Scotty Nguyen closely followed by Buchanan who finished 4th for $333,302. With three left it didn’t take long for the professional pairing of Arieh and Alaei seeing off the less experienced Faraz Jaka. When the action came down to the wire Alaei managed to gain the upper hand and after Arieh made a push on a Td, 5d, 2s flop with pocket sevens it was an easy call for Alaei with Th-8d. There was no help for Arieh on the turn and after the 8c fell on the river making Alaei an academic two pair he was finally crowned the champion.
1 Daniel Alaei $1,428,430
2 Josh Arieh $952,290
3 Faraz Jaka $571,374
4 Shawn Buchanan $333,302
5 Scotty Nguyen $249,976
6 Steve O'Dwyer $202,362