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A bracelet for James Van Alstyne

Updated: June 17, 2009, 4:14 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Event 30 | Event 32

After finishing in second place in Event 21, the $3,000 HORSE event, James Van Alstyne wasted little time in making his way back to a WSOP final table. Not letting another opportunity to win his first bracelet pass him by, Van Alstyne defeated 770 players in the $1,500 HORSE event to finally break through with a WSOP win.

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IMPDI 2009After five previous final tables, James Van Alstyne finally won his first WSOP bracelet.

"It feels really good to win," said Van Alstyne. "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."

It was validation for Van Alstyne, who won $247,033 in first-place prize money. The 42-year-old poker pro had 12 WSOP cashes and five final tables prior to Tuesday's win. With both final tables this year in HORSE, Van Alstyne reconfirmed that he's more than just a hold 'em player and that he can find the leaks in the games of his opponents.

"A lot of the other games are full of specialists, particularly hold 'em," he said. "But in HORSE, 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."

Joining Van Alstyne was some very talented competition. Farzad Rouhani was the only bracelet winner heading into the final table, but Fabrice Soulier (who has five cashes so far in 2009), Bryan Micon and Shannon Shorr were also big names hoping to break through this year.

Other notable finishers include Chris Bjorin (16th), Vanessa Rousso (19th) and Paul Darden (22nd).

Below are the complete results of Event 31:

Event 31: HORSE
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 770
Prize pool: $1,051,050
Players in the money: 72

1. James Van Alstyne ($247,033)
2. Tad Jurgens ($152,654)
3. Mitch Schock ($100,165)
4. Bryan Micon ($69,505)
5. Shannon Shorr ($50,881)
6. Brian Malcolm ($39,183)
7. Fabrice Soulier ($31,657)
8. Ronald Schiffman ($26,780)
9. Farzad Rouhani ($19,265)
10. Lana Maier ($19,265)
11. Sabic Sebastien ($13,831)
12. Phillip Marmorstein ($13,831)
13. Peter Gelencser ($10,205)
14. Paul Evans ($10,205)
15. Dustin Bryan ($7,903)
16. Chris Bjorin ($7,903)
17. Joseph Serock ($5,906)
18. Alan Myerson ($5,906)
19. Vanessa Rousso ($5,906)
20. Kathy Raymond ($5,906)
21. Torstein Iverson ($5,906)
22. Paul Darden ($5,906)
23. John Racener ($5,906)
24. Peter Moore ($5,906)
25. Vasili Lazarou ($4,540)
26. Robert Lewis ($4,540)
27. Bryan Devonshire ($4,540)
28. Andrew Black ($4,540)
29. Leland Silveira ($4,540)
30. Matt Grapenthien ($4,540)
31. Carlos Fuentes ($4,540)
32. Rodney Pardey ($4,540)
33. Clyde Hinton ($4,372)
34. Richard Brodie ($4,372)
35. Lawrence Birke ($4,372)
36. Ronnie Hofman ($4,372)
37. Kenneth Krouner ($4,372)
38. William Buckley ($4,372)
39. Bonnie Damiano Leinhos ($4,372)
40. Tim Acker ($4,372)
41. David Singer ($4,330)
42. Keith Sexton ($4,330)
43. Edward Fishman ($4,330)
44. David Schneyer ($4,330)
45. David Taylor ($4,330)
46. Ryan Plusch ($4,330)
47. Thor Hansen ($4,330)
48. Jeff Wagner ($4,330)
49. Peter Feldman ($3,689)
50. Damon Shrader ($3,689)
51. Frankie Odell ($3,689)
52. Adam Kipnis ($3,689)
53. Amir Nematinia ($3,689)
54. Ari Bluman ($3,689)
55. Keith Ezykowich ($3,689)
56. Marco Traniello ($3,689)
57. Reginald Simmons ($3,163)
58. Jason Yano ($3,163)
59. Doug Saab ($3,163)
60. Rolando Lozano ($3,163)
61. William Eichel ($3,163)
62. Vincent Lonardo ($3,163)
63. Alan Dvorkis ($3,163)
64. David Golding ($3,163)
65. James Schaaf ($2,848)
66. Tom West ($2,848)
67. Eric Kurtzman ($2,848)
68. James Wheatley ($2,848)
69. Frank Selberis ($2,848)
70. Faud Koubi ($2,848)
71. Quincy Crawford ($2,848)
72. John Comer ($2,848)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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