There’s No Place Like Home for Daniel Alaei

“What happens in Vegas, stays in…” Wait a minute. What if you live there?

For the aspiring poker player who thrives on achieving his maximum potential, that’s a motto that describes Daniel Alaei’s good fortune and not any secret keeping. While other out-of-town players might have to fight jet-lag or hotel-napping and, if they lose, then suffer the long journey home with their tale between their legs, the hometown player like Alaei can stroll down the familiar streets. Ask most players and they’ll tell you it can give you an upper hand.

You don’t even have to be in Vegas or any other poker mecca (being in the neighborhood can be just as beneficial) but living nearby can be a blessing win, lose or draw. Still running strong? Maybe it was because of that good nights sleep you got in your own bed, Daniel might tell you. Bust out? It won’t hit you as hard when you have your supporting cast right there with you, or your dog, cat, turtle or parakeet only minutes away to greet when you come through the door.

“Location, location, location!” might be the better motto. But don’t be fooled. You still need the chops. Daniel seems to have them. With 4 first-place finishes and 28 cashes, he’s closer to reaching that potential, after keeping it close to home in the 37th annual World Series of Poker. Daniel had money finishes in 5 events, including a first-place finish at number 38, the deuce to seven lowball. Taking in over $400,000 at the WSOP pushed Daniel over the one million-dollar mark in career tournament winnings.

With winnings like that, you can forgive Alaei if you hear him mutter, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…”

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