WSOP Hit and Run: Alaei Wins 5th Bracelet; Zamani Chip Leader in the $1.5k NLHE

Craig Klinski : June 11th, 2015


Daniel Alaei becomes the second youngest poker player to earn his 5th bracelet while Ben Zamani takes the lead heading into Day 5 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em. This and much more in our daily wrap-up of the world of poker, the Hit and Run.

WSOP roundup

Twenty WSOP events are now in the books with another seven either resuming or starting today. It’s a big day of action, but we got you covered here in PTP’s Daily WSOP Roundup.

Event #20: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Updates)
Day 4 begins with five players remaining with Ben Zamani as chip leader with 4,535,000 in chips, some 765,000 ahead of second place Natasha Barbour. The action resumes at 1 PM Pacific Time today. Kevin MacPhee (aka ImaLuckSac), who has $455,937 in WSOP earnings over 23 cashes is the most known among the players remaining. The final table will be streaming live (30 minute delay) on

Event #21: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Final Report
Daniel Alaei took down his fifth bracelet with his win yesterday, tying the Los Angelos native player for 15th all time. The feat puts him in good company with the likes of Stu Ungar, Allen Cunningham and John Juanda. His $391,097 score puts Alaei over the $4 million mark in career earnings and the second youngest to reach five bracelets, behind only Cunningham who reached the feat just a few months earlier than Alaei. The Prince of Docness, who garnered attention over the last two days for having one of the more unique names ever in the World Series of Poker, finished in 10th. Here’s to hoping we haven’t seen the last of the POD.

Event #22 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Updates
Twenty two players remain after Day 2 with Canada’s Jay Dragland leading with 946,000 chips, ahead of James Dorrance’s 812,000. Notable players remaining include John Myung with 648,000, Lisa Hamilton with 517,000 and Sam Greenwood with 272,000. Day 3 gets underway at 1 PM PT with a winner likely to be crowned today. Kevin Mathers of notes this event will likely be streamed once the final table is reached.

Event #23: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 2-7 Draw Lowball Updates
Christian Pham continued his dominate run finishing a second day in first place with just three players remaining. Although his lead tightened against Columbia’s Daniel Opsina, Pham begins Day 3 ahead 695,000 to 680,000. Matthew Smith is a distant 3rd with 271,000 chips. Four-time bracelet winner Huck Seed finished in 5th place. This event will be streamed at 2:05 PM PT today on

Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E Updates
On Day 1, we saw 772 players cut down to 300 players with Chris Boedeker in the lead with 67,800 chips, slightly ahead of Brian Tate holds with 64,100. A who’s-who of notables are still alive including Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, Cindy Violette, Phil Hellmuth and David Williams, who is in 5th place with 54,400 chips going into Day 2. The action picks up today at 1 PM PT.

Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Updates
A 493-man field was trimmed down to 190 in Day 1. Dan Smith, who last year finished 20th in the Main Event and has earned $962,188 in WSOP winning, has the lead with 191,400 chips, closely followed by Brandon Shane at 188,200. A few notables remain include Greg Merson, Anthony Zinno and Shaun Deeb.

Starting Today:
Event 26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Updates
Event 27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship – Updates

WSOP Quick Hitters

–Our favorite fake news bite of the day: The Chips are just way too damn round
–One website selling marked WSOP cards.
–Hellmuth’s WSOP win catapults him into Global Poker Index Top 300

Non-WSOP Quick Hitters

–What the heck is Six-Plus Hold’em? Sponsored-pros Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan might not even know.
–The unexpected return of Limit games. It might be 2007 all over again.
–Pennsylvania iGaming Hearing Goes Well.
–NFL bars three Dolphin players from playing poker tournament.

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