Daniel Alaei won the fourth World Series bracelet of his career and took home $852,692 for his first-place score in Event 61 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. He won this prestigious event in 2010 also.
FINAL TABLE PAY OUTS
|8||Rory Rees Brennan||$88,061|
Day 3 began with 32 players remaining out of the original field of 386; play was scheduled for either eleven full levels or until a winner had been determined. It took six and a half hours for the elimination of Oleksii Kovalchuk — 10th place — to set the final table of nine players and form the official final table.
When it got down to heads-up play there was only a 1.5 million-chip difference between Alaei and Bleznick. And with over 110 big blinds in play, the duel was expected to last some time, even possibly forcing the two to return to finish the match on Tuesday. But Alaei ironed out Jared Blexnick in one hand:
Daniel Alaei raised to 200,000 from the button and Jared Bleznick called.
The flop brought the — Bleznick checked. Alaei bet 275,000, and Bleznick raised the pot —- 1.25 million. Alaei called without much hesitation.
The turn was the and Bleznick insta-announced he was betting the pot. Alaei raised all-in, and Bleznick called. Bleznick was the one at risk when all the chips were in the middle.
They tabled their cards. Bleznick had giving him an open-ended straight draw. Alaei mad a set of tens on the turn with the .
The river brought the and paired the board to improve Alaei's hand to a full house. Bleznick shook Alaei's hand and picked up a $526,625 prize for his runner-up finish in Event #61, while Alaei headed for the winner's circle and his fourth WSOP bracelet!
Watch Lynn Gilmartin's interview with Daniel:
The full tournament report can be found here.