In the 11th and final level of Day 3 of Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, just 14 minutes away from having to return on Tuesday to complete the event due to the Main Event, Daniel Alaei defeated Jared Bleznick heads up to earn his fourth career World Series of Poker bracelet and second PLO championship. Along with the gold, Alaei earns $852,692 and 103 points for his own team in the $25,000 Fantasy league, vaulting him into second place.
Day 3 began with 32 players representing 12 different countries, but once the official final table was set, the only non-Americans were Russian Alex Kravchenko and Irishman Rory Rees Brennan. They exited in ninth and eighth place respectively, leaving only Yanks to fend for the title.
The next player to exit was Sean Dempsey, who never seemed to get anything going today, and Gjergj Sinishtaj followed him out the door in sixth place. Sinishtaj is only 21 years of age — this was only his third career live cash — and according to Jared Bleznick, he has a very bright future. He’d even bet on Sinishtaj winning the Main Event in the next five years.
Numit Agrawal was eliminated in fifth place, nearly a half an hour later Tom Marchese busted in fourth, and despite doubling during three-handed play, James Wiese fell in third.
With over 110 big blinds in play, and only a 1.5 million-chip difference between Alaei and Bleznick, it looked like heads-up play could last quite some time, and the two would have to return on Tuesday to finish the match. Alas, all Alaei needed was one hand to defeat Bleznick, and he is now the 61st and penultimate champion of the 44th annual WSOP.
|8||Rory Rees Brennan||$88,061|
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