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WSOP -- Zac Fellows Wins Event No. 21

Fellows Takes Home His First Gold Bracelet and $311,899


Zac Fellows came into the final day of event No. 21 ($3,000 H.O.R.S.E.) at the World Series of Poker with the chip lead at 1 p.m. on June 11. Twelve hours later, he would be the owner of a gold bracelet and $311,899. The final day began with 21 players in all after a grueling play-down stretch on day 2 failed to reach the final table of eight. Talented players such as Jared Okun (21st), Ylon Schwartz (18th), David Baker (17th), Chau Giang (16th), and Gavin Smith (10th) fell early and missed the final eight.

Fellows then overcame a final table that included accomplished mixed-game professionals James Van Alstyne, Chris Amaral, and Matt Hawrilenko to claim his prize. The toughest battle came at the end for Fellows, where he fought Van Alstyne for an hour-and-a-half during the wee hours of June 12. Fellows and Van Alstyne were even in chips when the final match began, and at one point Fellows grew his edge to a 7-1 chip lead. Van Alstyne showed some resiliency and fought back, but he was never able to grow his stack to more than 1.2 million, allowing Fellows to eventually shut the door.

Here are the final results:

1. Zac Fellows – $311,899
2. James Van Alstyne – $192,866
3. Tim Finne – $126,199
4. Michele Limongi – $87,264
5. Chris Amaral – $63,536
6. Martin Eikeng – $48,590
7. Gabriel Nassif – $38,947
8. Matt Hawrilenko – $32,647

Here is how the elimination hands came down in’s live updates:

Matt Hawrilenko

Matt Hawrilenko Eliminated in Eighth Place ($32,647)


Matt Hawrilenko completed with an 8, and Tim Finne raised with a 10. Chris Amaral reraised with a 3 exposed. Hawrilenko fired in a fourth raise to put all of his chips at risk, and both Amaral and Finne made the call. Their cards:

Hawrilenko: (6-3)8-7-2-5(9)
Amaral: (A-4)3-9-2-7(7)
Finne: ?

Amaral won the hand with a 7-4 low to beat out Hawrilenko’s 7-6 low. Finne mucked his hand when he saw those of his opponents. Hawrilenko was eliminated in eighth place after the hand.

Gabriel Nassif

Gabriel Nassif Eliminated in Seventh Place ($38,947)

Omaha 8OB

Chris Amaral raised from middle position, and Gabriel Nassif called all in. Their cards:

Amaral: ASpade Suit ADiamond Suit 7Spade Suit 4Heart Suit
Nassif: KClub Suit QClub Suit JClub Suit 3Heart Suit

Board: 10Diamond Suit 9Heart Suit 6Spade Suit 4Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit

Nassif was eliminaed in seventh place after the hand, and Amaral grew his stack back to a contender.

Martin Eikeng Eliminated in Sixth Place ($48,590)


Martin Eikeng completed, and Zac Fellows raised. Eikeng reraised, and Fellows made it three bets to go. Eikeng got the last of his chips into the middle by fourth street. Their cards:

Eikeng: (ASpade Suit 9Club Suit) AClub Suit 9Diamond Suit 9Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit (JSpade Suit)
Fellows: (JClub Suit JHeart Suit) 4Heart Suit QSpade Suit 8Diamond Suit 8Heart Suit (JDiamond Suit)

Eikeng was eliminated in sixth place after the hand, his full house falling to the higher full house of Fellows on the river.

Chris Amaral

Chris Amaral Eliminated in Fifth Place ($63,536)


Chris Amaral moved all in preflop, and Tim Finne made the call. Their cards:

Amaral: KClub Suit 3Club Suit
Finne: QHeart Suit JClub Suit

Board: ADiamond Suit 9Spade Suit 7Club Suit 8Diamond Suit QSpade Suit

Amaral was eliminated by the queen on the river in fifth place.

Michele Limongi Eliminated in Fourth Place ($87,264)


Michele Limongi got the last of his short stack into the middle during a razz hand, and Zac Fellows made the call. Their cards:

Fellows: (ASpade Suit 4Diamond Suit) 8Spade Suit 5Club Suit KClub Suit 10Spade Suit (QDiamond Suit)
Limongi: (AClub Suit 9Diamond Suit) 3Club Suit 10Heart Suit JSpade Suit 3Diamond Suit (KDiamond Suit)

Limongi was eliminated in fourth place by the 10-low of Fellows.

Tim Finne Eliminated in Third Place ($126,199)


Tim Finne checked a flop of KSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit from the small blind and Zac Fellows bet from the button. Finne called and the turn fell 2Spade Suit. Finne checked again and Fellows led out again. Finne then check-raised. Fellows reraised and Finne made the call for the last of his chips. Their cards:

Finne: KClub Suit 9Club Suit
Fellows: ASpade Suit KDiamond Suit

River: JSpade Suit

Fellows hit a flush on the river to eliminate Finne in third place, and action was down to heads up.

Zac Fellows Wins Event No. 21 ($311,899) — James Van Alstyne Eliminated in Second Place ($192,866)

James Van Alstyne


Zac Fellows raised preflop from the button, and James Van Alstyne made the call from the big blind. The flop was dealt 6Club Suit 5Heart Suit 3Club Suit, and Van Alstyne checked. Fellows bet, and Van Alstyne made the call. The turn fell JHeart Suit, and Van Alstyne bet, Fellows raised, and Van Alstyne thought for a moment before making the all-in call. Their cards:

Van Alstyne: AHeart Suit 5Club Suit
Fellows: 6Heart Suit 6Spade Suit

River: 3Spade Suit

Van Alstyne was eliminated on the hand in second place, and he will take home $192,866 in prize money. Fellows takes home his first gold bracelet and the top prize of $311,899.