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Buy-In: $1,000
Prize Pool: $2,519,100
Entrants: 2799

Event 21 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 10, '12 - Jun 12, '12
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Updates on Final Day (Jun 12, 12)

 
 

Michael Gathy Wins Event no. 21 ($440,829)

Level: 31

Blinds: 60,000-120,000 with a 15,000 ante

Michael Gathy Wins Event no. 21 ($440,829)
Jamie Armstrong Eliminated in 2nd Place ($273,776)

Michael Gathy

Michael Gathy came into the final level of the night on the short stack and was chipped down to just 1.8 million against Armstrong’s 6.8 million after losing a 1.7 million showdown to Armstrong’s pair of aces. Gathy then answered back by winning a 2.1 million pot with a full house, narrowing the gap with about 3.9 million to Armstrong’s 4.5 million after the hand. Gathy pressed his momentum and eventually took the chip lead for himself about halfway through the level before delivering a massive cooler to Armstrong to win the tournament.

Jamie Armstrong opened the button to 250,000, Michael Gathy reraised to 60,000 from the big blind, Armstrong moved all in and Gathy called.

Armstrong was all in for his tournament and in bad shape with 9Spade Suit9Club Suit against Gathy’s 10Spade Suit10Club Suit.

The board came KClub Suit8Club Suit5Club SuitAHeart Suit7Heart Suit, offering no help to Jamie Armstrong who was eliminated in 2nd place ($273,776). Michael Gathy wins Event no. 21, taking home the $440,829 and the twenty-first gold bracelet of the 2012 WSOP.

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Player Tags: Jamie Armstrong,   Michael Gathy
 

Level 30 Update: Armstrong Leads Gathy Heads-Up; Vaillancourt 3rd ($193,089)

Level: 30

Blinds: 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 2,799

Average Chip Count: 4,198,500

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 6 — Jamie Armstrong — 5,000,000

Seat no. 10 — Michael Gathy — 3,480,000

Players Eliminated:

Noah Vaillancourt — 3rd Place ($193,089)

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Noah Vaillancourt Eliminated in 3rd Place ($193,089)

Noah Vaillancourt

Jamie Armstrong min-raised from the button 200,000, Noah Vaillancourt moved all in for about 800,000 from the big blind and Armstrong called.

Vaillancourt was all in for his tournament life before the flop with QHeart Suit10Club Suit against Armstrong’s ADiamond SuitQClub Suit.

The board came KHeart Suit9Club Suit2Club Suit6Spade Suit7Diamond Suit, offering no help to Noah Vaillancourt who was eliminated in 3rd place ($193,089). Jamie Armstrong took a slight chip lead that hand going into heads-up play against Michael Gathy.

With the elimination of Noah Vaillancourt in 3rd place ($193,089), Jamie Armstrong took the chip lead going into heads-up play with about 4.6 million to Michael Gathy’s 3.7 million.

Michael cathy Doubles Through Jamie Armstrong

Michael Gathy got it all in before the flop for about 1.7 million with KHeart SuitQSpade Suit against Jamie Armstrong’s KClub Suit9Diamond Suit.

The board came 6Club Suit5Heart Suit2Diamond SuitJDiamond Suit5Diamond Suit, offering ho help to Armstrong as Gathy doubled up to about 3.5 million after the hand.

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Level 28 Update: John Esposito Eliminated in 4th Place ($139,457)

Level: 28

Blinds: 30,000-60,000 with a 10,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 2,799

Average Chip Count: 2,799,000

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 2 — Noah Vaillancourt — 2,300,000

Seat no. 6 — Jamie Armstrong — 4,000,000

Seat no. 10 — Michael Gathy — 1,800,000

Players Eliminated:

John Esposito — 4th Place ($139,457)

Live Updates:

John Esposito Eliminated in 4th Place ($139,457)

John Esposito

John Esposito returned from the dinner break on the short stack with just 19 big blinds and was the next player eliminated. Jamie Armstrong open-shoved the small blind before the flop and John Esposito called all in from the big blind.

Esposito was all in for his tournament life and was trailing with ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit against Armstrong’s ASpade Suit8Diamond Suit.

The board came QSpade Suit8Heart Suit6Spade Suit5Club SuitKDiamond Suit, giving both players a pair on the flop, but Esposito failed to further improve by the river and was eliminated in 3rd Place ($139,457).

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Level 27 Update: Armstrong Leads Final Four at the Dinner Break

Level: 27

Blinds: 25,000-50,000 with a 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 4 out of 2,799

Average Chip Count: 2,099,250

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 2 — Noah Vaillancourt — 2,600,000

Seat no. 6 — Jamie Armstrong — 3,300,000
Seat no. 7 — John Esposito — 1,100,000

Seat no. 10 — Michael Gathy — 1,800,000

Live Updates:

Armstrong Leads at Dinner Break

Jamie Armstrong

Although they didn’t lose a player in the last level, there was plenty of action and some big chip movement. Michael Gathy came into the level as the short stack but managed to chip up early through then chipleader Jamie Armstrong after winning a 600,000 showdown with a flopped pair of nines against Amrstrong’s AClub SuitKClub Suit. That hand knocked Armstrong down to about 1.8 million and moved Gathy up to 1.4 million.

Armstrong began the level as the chip leader and despite losing some chips to Michael Gathy early on, Armstrong regained the lead once gain after winning a nearly 2 million showdown with aces-up against Noah Vaillancourt’s ASpade SuitQDiamond Suit on an unpaired, ace-high board. That hand put Armstrong way out in front with about 3.3 million as Vaillancourt dropped down to about 1.1 million in chips.

Noah Vaillancourt Doubles Through John Esposito

Noah Vaillancourt

Vaillancourt managed to battle back at the end of the level and doubled through John Esposito to regain his spot on the leader board in second place. Vaillaincourt got it all in before the flop with AHeart SuitKSpade Suit against Esposito’s QHeart SuitQClub Suit. The board came ADiamond Suit5Heart Suit5Club Suit3Club Suit7Club Suit, giving Vaillancourt top pair on the flop win the pot and double up. That hand put Vaillancourt at about 2.6 million heading into the dinner break while Esposito slipped down to about 1.1 million.

The final four players took an extended seventy-five minute dinner break at the conclusion of Level 27 and will return at approximately 9:45pm local to resume play.

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Level 26 Update: Eric Baldwin Eliminated in 5th Place ($101,948)

Level: 26

Blinds: 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 4 out of 2,799

Average Chip Count: 2,099,250

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 2 — Noah Vaillancourt — 2,400,000

Seat no. 6 — Jamie Armstrong — 2,800,000
Seat no. 7 — John Esposito — 2,150,000

Seat no. 10 — Michael Gathy — 1,380,000

Players Eliminated:

Eric Baldwin — 5th Place ($101,948)

Live Updates:

Eric Baldwin Eliminated in 5th Place ($101,948)

Eric Baldwin

Jamie Armstrong opened the pot for a raise, Noah Vaillancourt reraised to 175,000 from the small blind, Eric Baldwin moved all in for 710,000 from the big blind, Armstrong folded and Vaillancourt called.

Baldwin was all in for his tournament life and ahead with QSpade SuitQClub Suit against Vaillancourt’s AHeart Suit4Diamond Suit.

The board came ASpade Suit3Spade Suit2Spade Suit6Diamond SuitAClub Suit, giving Vaillancourt top pair on the flop and trips on the river to win the pot and eliminate Eric Baldwin in 5th place ($101,948).

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Player Tags: Eric Baldwin,   Noah Vaillancourt
 

Level 25 Update: Davis 6th ($75,422), Santoni 7th ($56,453), Manggunio 8th ($42,749), Field 9th ($32,748)

Level: 25

Blinds: 15,000-30,000 with a 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 5 out of 2,799

Average Chip Count: 1,679,400

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 2 — Noah Vaillancourt — 3,200,000

Seat no. 4 — Eric Baldwin — 1,100,000

Seat no. 6 — Jamie Armstrong — 2,579,000
Seat no. 7 — John Esposito — 1,100,000

Seat no. 9 — Michael Gathy — 175,000

Players Eliminated:

Eric Davis — 6th Place ($75,422)
Jean-Louis Santoni — 7th Place ($56,453)
Jason Manggunio — 8th Place ($42,749)
Joshua Field — 9th Place ($32,748)

Live Updates:

Joshua Field Eliminated in 9th Place ($32,748)

Joshua Field

Jamie Armstrong opened the pot for a raise, Joshua Field moved all in for about 330,000 and Armstrong called.

Field was all in for his tournament life and was behind before the flop with KDiamond SuitJSpade Suit against Armstrong’s 9Heart Suit9Club Suit

The board came ASpade Suit8Heart Suit2Diamond Suit3Spade Suit2Spade Suit, offering no help to Joshua Field who was eliminated in 9th place ($32,748). That hand put Armstrong at about 2.5 million in chips.

Jason Manggunio Eliminated in 8th Place ($42,749)

Jason Manggunio open-shoved the button for 163,000, Eric Baldwin reraised to 312,000 from the small blind and Eric Davis folded the big blind.

Baldwin led before the flop with ASpade Suit8Diamond Suit against Manggunio’s AClub Suit7Diamond Suit.

The board came ADiamond SuitKHeart Suit9Diamond Suit4Club Suit5Diamond Suit, giving both players top pair on the flop, but Baldwin’s higher kicker played and he won the pot. Jason Manggunio was eliminated in 8th place ($42,749) while Baldwin moved up to just over 900,000.

Jean-Louis Santoni Eliminated in 7th Place ($56,453)

Jean-Louis Santoni opened the pot for 65,000 from under the gun, Noah Vaillancourt reraised to 135,000 from late position and Santoni called.

The flop came KHeart SuitJDiamond Suit4Diamond Suit, Santoni checked, Vaillancourt bet 80,000, Santoni raised all in and Vaillancourt called the check-shove.

Santoni was all in for his tournament life and ahead on the flop with QDiamond SuitJSpade Suit for middle pair against Vaillancourt’s nut flush draw with ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit.

The turn and river were the 3Diamond Suit and the AHeart Suit, giving Vaillancourt a flush to win the pot and eliminate Jean-Louis Santoni in 7th place ($56,453). Vaillancourt secured the chip lead that hand with about 3.2 million.

Eric Davis Eliminated in 6th Place ($75,422)

Eric Davis

Eric Davis open-shoved the button for 235,000 and John Esposito called from the big blind.

Esposito led before the flop with AHeart Suit7Heart Suit against Davis’ ASpade Suit5Diamond Suit.

The board came 9Spade Suit8Heart Suit3Heart Suit5Heart Suit2Diamond Suit, giving Espositio a flush on the turn to win the pot and eliminate Eric Davis in 6th place. Esposito broke a million that hand, ending with just about 1.1 million in chips.

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 

Action Begins, Final Table Now Underway

The final table of Event no. 21 ($1,000 No-Limit Hold’em) is now underway, and Card Player will be posting level-by-level updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

Day 3 began with 18 players spread out over 2 tables, and with the elimination of Dan Smith 10th Place ($25,367), the final table is now set. Play will begin in Level 24 with blinds of 12,000-24,000 with a 4,000 ante, and will continue until a winner is determined.

With cards now back in the air, here is a look at the final table and how these players match up:

Seat no. 1 — Joshua Field — 334,000
Seat no. 2 — Noah Vaillancourt — 2,401,000
Seat no. 3 — Jason Manggunio — 211,000
Seat no. 4 — Eric Baldwin — 701,000
Seat no. 5 — Eric Davis — 440,000
Seat no. 6 — Jamie Armstrong — 2,294,000
Seat no. 7 — John Esposito — 418,000
Seat no. 8 — Jean-Louis Santoni — 823,000
Seat no. 9 — Michael Gathy — 783,000

While only 9 remain, this event gathered 2,799 players, creating a total prize pool of $2,519,100. Here is a look at the final payouts:

1st Place — $440,829
2nd Place — $273,776
3rd Place — $193,089
4th Place — $139,457
5th Place — $101,948
6th Place — $75,422
7th Place — $56,453
8th Place — $42,749
9th Place — $32,748

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 
 

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