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Seiver Books LAPC High Roller Win
Less than a week after collecting the most bounties and a $100k bonus in a fourth place finish at the PokerStars.net NAPT $25k, Scott Seiver booked a win in the $25k High Roller at the L.A. Poker Classic.
"It feels really great," Seiver told PokerListings. "It sounds silly to say how good it feels to win, but it feels really good. It's such a rush, it's just so exciting."
Seiver came into the six-man final table with a slight chip lead over respected pro Daniel Alaei.
But Alaei immediately chipped up when the final table started at Commerce Casino just after 1 p.m. Tuesday.
First he sent short stack Will Molson home sixth before his tens held against Tommy Vedes' K♣ 3♣ to rail him fifth.
Soon after, Alaei doubled through Seiver to take a commanding lead when he got it all in and turned a full house to crack Seiver's flopped trips.
Alaei's grip on the title looked even tighter when he busted Lee Markholt fourth, but Seiver soon picked up a few more chips and a little bit of momentum.
Seiver busted Jason Mercier third and when heads-up began, he had moved into the chip lead once again.
Despite being deep-stacked compared to the blinds, Alaei lost a massive pot when Seiver made a full house against him just a few hands into the match and soon shoved in with Q♦ J♦ facing a Seiver three-bet with A♠ J♠.
Seiver made the call and although the flop gave Alaei both a gutshot and a flush draw, he bricked out handing Seiver the title and $425,334 first-place prize.
"I don't know if I can stand up here and say I'm the best at these, but I like to think of myself as one of the better players," Seiver said, explaining his recent success in High Roller events. "It's always about walking a fine line between confidence and hubris.
"It's very tough in the poker world to know where you stand compared to other people. I try to accurately gage how good, or not, I am and I feel like I'm good enough to play in these events.
"Clearly these are some of the best players in the world, but I like to think I at least rank somewhere up there with them."
The event began Sunday with 41 of the biggest names in poker, including Season 7 WPT Player of the Year Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, 2008 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Erick Lindgren and Ashton Griffin, who won the NAPT's $25k Bounty Shootout in Las Vegas last week.
Seiver, who moved up to just under $2 million in career tournament winnings with the victory, said it was a particular thrill to take on an esteemed player like Alaei heads-up.
"Daniel Alaei is my hero," he said. "He's one of the best in the world and to beat him heads up just felt so great."