Event 21 – the $3 000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. attracted an entry field of 452 players, up 9 percent on last year and generating a $1 247 520 prize pool that put players right down to 43rd position in the money and guaranteed a first prize of $311 899.
The field included many top players, among them Gavin Smith, Chau Giang and Steve Billirakis, altough none of these made the final table.
The winner was Zac Fellowes, a 25-year old affiliate marketer from Vancouver in Canada who had the experience of one previous WSOP final table behind him. Fellowes entered the last day of play with a good chip lead which he largely managed to maintain through to the heads up against James Van Alstyne, although the latter entered final table action in the lead. However, an aggressive Fellowes managed to grow his stack as the table progressed and ultimately picked up the title, the bracelet and the $311 899 main prize. Van Alstyne had to be content with a still useful second placing reward of $192 866.
Other final tablers were Gabriel Nassif, Timothy Finne, Chris Amaral, Stewart Yancik, Michele Limongi, Martin Eikeng and Matt Hawrilenko.