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During yesterday’s event, we mentioned how Daniel Alaei has won World Series of Poker bracelets in three of the games featured in the Bellagio $25K Mixed Game High Roller. What we failed to mention though, was that Alaei’s last recorded tournament score, was in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, an event this series’ structure was mirrored after. 

Alaei finished 8th in that $50,000 buy-in event last summer, his third career cash in that illustrious event, but when he got another chance at a mixed game title tonight, he made sure there were no early final table exits. Instead, Alaei leaned on the games he was best at, No Limit 2-7 Draw, Omaha 8 or Better and Pot Limit Omaha, to build his stack and then flexed his muscles in other variants as well, most notably Limit Hold’em in a massive hand against Lamar Wilkinson, to take an early chip lead and then enter heads up play with a massive chip advantage. 

While most of Alaei’s success comes from WSOP-based events, the biggest result on his tournament resume is in the Bellagio-based WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Classic. Alaei won the $15,000 buy-in event in 2009 for a career best score of $1,400,000. Oddly enough, the player he defeated heads up, has won that event as well.

That runner-up, again was Daniel Negreanu. He fought valiantly but the Poker Central Ambassador had to settle for silver for a second night in a row. Alaei had an advantage, momentum and in the end, was not going to be denied. He earns $125,000 for his Bellagio $25K Mixed Game High Roller victory and despite a smaller field than yesterday, the two-day-long series has been well received by the high stakes community. 

Both events served as the perfect warm-up for the World Series of Poker, which will feature all of these mixed games and more, and if today’s performance warmed Alaei up, he could be poised to win a sixth WSOP bracelet this summer.

That concludes Poker Central’s coverage of the Bellagio Mixed Game High Rollers. Relive all of today’s action here and a complete series recap will be posted tomorrow. Thanks for following. 

$25K Mixed Game High Roller

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