• July 30, 2021

WSOP Gold Bracelet Number Five has an Owner

(pokernews.com) – Daniel Alaei joined an elite club of just 22 players who have at least five World Series of Poker gold bracelets, picking up his fifth by winning Event #24: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Championship for $391,097. It was his second victory in the event, which he also took down in 2009.
After the win, Alaei was asked about his place in poker history and possibly being ranked among the greats when all is said and done.
“I hope to win more, and maybe one day be in that conversation,” Alaei said. “I don’t know if I’m there now, but I just try to play my best and do what I do. I’ve been very fortunate here at the World Series.”
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If Alaei’s results are any judge, his strength seems to be defeating small-field, high buy-in tournaments, but those events often draw the most elite competition to the felt. This tournament had 157 runners, and all of Alaei’s bracelets have come in $5,000 or $10,000 events with no more than 386 players.
That’s no accident, according to Alaei, who plays almost zero no-limit hold’em events as he focuses most of of his time on cash games. Unlike some players, he’s very forthcoming about where he thinks his edge is, and it’s not in the “Cadillac of Poker.”
His edge in Omaha hi-low appeared to be just fine, as he was able top a tough final table that included Scott Clements (fourth place), World Poker Tour star Anthony Zinno (sixth), Mike Wattel (seventh), and Jeremy Ausmus (ninth). Things looked dicey in the heads-up match against Kyle Miaso, with Alaei around 600,000 at limits of 50,000/100,000, but he turned the tide with a furious rally.
As for the rest of his WSOP, Alaei said his game plan will stay the same as he continues to be selective. He has the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship circled and will stick with his plan to play “about 10” tournaments that he likes best, with the rest of his poker time allotted for cash. That’s just the formula that works for him, something he found when he tried playing a full tournament schedule.
If five bracelets and more than $6.8 million in tournament cashes are any judge, his game plan is working just fine.
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