James Van Alstyne wins $1,500 H.O.R.S.E event

James Van Alstyne wins $1,500 H.O.R.S.E event

Thursday, 18 June 2009

After reaching the final table in the $10,000 Mixed Event and finishing runner up in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E, James Van Alstyne could have been forgiven for thinking that 2009 wasn’t going to be his year. It proved to be third time lucky for the former electrical engineer in Event 31 though, as he claimed the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E Event.

The 42-year-old outlasted a field of 770 runners to claim his first WSOP bracelet and with it a cash of $247,033.

A relieved Van Alstyne said “It feels really good to win. Last time, I was a little bit disappointed. Also, you do not want to have the chip lead when we get down to two players and then not win. With closing this out, I feel a sense of relief.”

Commenting on why he is so successful at mixed games he added, “A lot of the other games are full of specialists, particularly Hold’em. But in H.O.R.S.E. you can see a lot of errors being made. I know I make my own errors, of course. But throughout the tournament, there are a lot of mistakes being made. But in No-Limit Hold’em, you see a lot of really good play.”

The only Brit to make the money was David Golding in 64th place. Ireland’s Andy Black also had a good run, finishing 28th for a cash of $4,540.

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