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Zachary Donovan Wins WSOPC Seminole Coconut Creek ($243,916)

Zach Donovan won the Circuit Main Event in Florida.

Zachary Donovan won the World Series of Poker Circuit Seminole Coconut Creek $1,700 Main Event on Monday, finishing off a field of 805 entries for $243,916 and his second WSOP Circuit gold ring.

Previously, Donovan had shipped a reentry event at Foxwoods back in 2013. He grabbed his second-biggest career cash and now has more than $1.3 million in live cashes.

While he enjoyed the win, Donovan told WSOP reporters it was still a tough time because his grandfather fell ill and died during Day 1a of the event. Donovan's family encouraged him to go ahead and play and he wound up taking it down.

"He was a huge fan of my poker," Donovan said. "I guess he was with me the whole time. We won."

WSOPC Seminole Coconut Creek Main Event Final Table Payouts

PositionPlayerHometownPrize
1Zachary DonovanFranklin, Massachusetts$243,916
2Sokchheka PhoMemphis, Tennessee$150,374
3Jason YoungSuffern, New York$110,859
4Hamid IzadiRoswell, Georgia$82,626
5Warren SheavesAsheville, North Carolina$62,406
6Chad EveslageRamsey, Indiana$47,746
7Jack SheaPfafftown, North Carolina$36,990
8Jessica DawleyLas Vegas, Nevada$29,014
9Mike AzzaroNew York, New York$23,038

The tournament drew 805 entries over its two starting flights and paid out 81 places. Josh Kay, Javier Zarco, Chris Bolek, Brian Altman, Phil Hui and Matt Waxman were some of the notable players cashing but falling short of the final table.

Donovan was one of the chip leaders going into the final day with 15 players remaining, and he held steady going into the final table with third-place chips trailing leader Jason Young and Hamid Izadi, according to the live updates.

Final Table Action

Mike Azzaro was first out at the final table when his queens couldn't hold against the {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} of Izadi.

Next, popular pro Jessica Dawley, who managed to make the final table despite six big blinds to start the day, saw her run up end. She got it in good with queens but Sokchheka Pho got lucky and flopped an ace with ace-queen.

Meanwhile, Donovan continued to win pots and built into the chip lead as Jack Shea and Chad Eveslage busted in seventh and sixth, respectively. Then, Donovan solidified himself at the top of the counts by busting Circuit grinder Warren Sheaves with kings against ace-queen in a blind-versus-blind cooler for Sheaves' last 13 big blinds or so.

It would be several levels before the next elimination, but it was almost Donovan's name going into the payout list as the fourth-place finisher. He slipped to just over 25 big blinds when he got pocket fives in on a three-bet ship, only to have Young turn over two sixes after calling. Luckily for Donovan, the river brought a five to give him new life.

He didn't let the good fortune go to waste. After Young busted Izadi, Young shoved all in for 20 big blinds with ace-ten on the button and ran into ace-queen held by Donovan. A dead jack-high board put Donovan in command with 17.6 million to Pho's 6.5 million at 100,000/200,000/30,000.

Pho would draw even and then work his way to a 2-1 lead. However, Donovan coolered him with a flopped nut straight against two pair and then cracked ace-king with {j-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for the rest to claim the ring and the first-place dough.

Martin Ryan Takes Circuit Champion Honors

As part of his win, Donovan has locked up a seat in the $1 million guaranteed Global Casino Championship. Another player who would have done the same was Martin Ryan, who grabbed Circuit Champion honors at Seminole Coconut Creek despite failing to win a ring. Ryan snagged 80 points at the stop, highlighted by a pair of runner-up finishes.

However, Ryan had already locked up a seat by winning Circuit Champion at this stop earlier this season. The nine-time ring winner will instead deny a spot to a competing player and slightly increase the value for everyone else in the process.

Here's a look at all the ring winners from Coconut Creek:

WSOPC Seminole Coconut Creek Ring Winners

EventWinnerEntriesPrize
Event #1: $400 One-DayRoberto Bendeck269$21,749
Event #2: $400 Multi-flightDavid DiBernardi1,605$88,842
Event #3: $250 TurboEliezer Gonzalez226$11,300
Event #4: $600 NLHZachary Mullenix137$19,758
Event #5: $400 TurboKammar Andries188$16,131
Event #6: $400 NLHMatthew Zarcadoolas100$9,901
Event #7: $600 Six-MaxRaffaelo Locatelli178$25,667
Event #8: $400 Monster StackJustin Harvell547$37,914
Event #9: $400 PLOAaron Wallace102$10,099
Event #10: $3,250 High RollerCurtis Daye70$73,500
Event #11: $1,700 Main EventZachary Donovan805$243,916
Event #12: $400 One-Day TurboDavid Moses107$10,591
Event #13: $250 SeniorsRonald Boehlert303$14,240
Event #14: $400 One Day TurboMichael Newman117$11,581

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