Alaei is a No Limit Texas Hold'em cash game specialist. He also took part in the first three seasons of the TV format High Stakes Poker. In the first season he bought a 200,000 U.S. dollars.
Addition to his success in cash games, Alaei is also a respected tournament player. In the World Series of Poker he won the 2006 tournament in the variant No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw against David Williams and 2010, the Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. 2010 and 2013 he won a bracelet in the $ 10,000 pot-limit Omaha.
Furthermore reached Alaei respectable results in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. While he was in 2004 and 2005, 59 140, Daniel Alaei made in 2007 with the 25th place out of over 6,000 participants attention. For this achievement, he received 333 490 U.S. dollars.
His best result is outside of the WSOP, he scored in a $ 300 rebuy tournament at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, when he received $ 133,000 in the first place among 526 participants.
In December 2009, Alaei was the legendary WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic tournament at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, decide for themselves and rose to the circle of WPT winner. But this tournament nearly doubled his career tournament earnings. First place earned him $ 1,428,430.
Currently (as of January 2014) are his revenue at over $ 6.3 million by official poker tournaments.