The last Championship event before the Main has concluded one day later than planned, and all of the prizes have finally been divvied out. Daniel Alaei has collected the lion's share of those here tonight, taking home the gold bracelet and more than three-quarter million dollars.
The final nine players (of the original 346) reconvened this afternoon to spend their Independence Day playing for that shiny piece of jewelry. There was plenty of action from start to finish, but the eliminations were hard to come by as the short stacks hung on to the rungs of the ladder for dear life. Alexander Kravchenko was ousted in 8th place, and fellow-EPT regular Dmitry Stelmak fell soon after. Ludovic Lacay assembled a hearty cheering section on the rail, but they dispersed quickly upon his fourth-place elimination.
In the end, it was Alaei heads up with Miguel Proulx. Whether it was the chip advantage or big the edge in final table experience or the support of his family on the rail -- whatever it was, it propelled Daniel Alaei to a quick and decisive victory to claim the top prize. When the final river card was out, Alaei's arms shot into the air, his wrist ready to accept bracelet number three.
The title of champion for Event #55 has gone to one of the good guys, Daniel Alaei. He's $780,599 richer, and he's now in a much more elite group of triple bracelet winners with plenty of time to rack up a couple more in Series to come.
That's all we have for you from the Amazon Room, then. It's big bad Main Event day tomorrow, but for now, all that's left is goodnight. And of course, congratulations once again to Daniel Alaei!