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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, June 10, 2012 to Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $2,519,100
  • Entries: 2,799
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:41 AM Local Time

Michael Gathy

The action is finished in Event 21, $1,000 No Limit Hold'em, of the World Series of Poker. The first $1,000 on the schedule attracted 2,779 players that had 227 players survive Day 1 and only 17 that survived Day 2. Michael Gathy outlasted them all and claimed the WSOP bracelet and $440,829.

The day began with 17 players across two tables and within two levels the field was trimmed to just ten. William Fichman, Mitch Merritt, Jonathan Poche, Randy Green, Glen McCaffrey, Derek Wolter and Hok-Leung Wong all bowed out early.

They relocated across the Amazon Room on the ESPN Main Stage for ten-handed play. After just 30 minutes or so Dan Smith was the first player eliminated on stage. Smith was low on chips and made a stand holding    , but Noah Vaillancourt's pocket eights held and sent Smith to the rail just short of an official final table.

Just moments after the official final table announcements were made Joshua Field played his last hand of the day. He made a stand holding     and Jamie Armstrong called holding pocket nines. Field didn't connect with the board and was sent to the rail.

Jason Manggunio arrived at the final table short on chips and shipped them in preflop. Eric Baldwin called and had Mangunnio outkicked. Baldwin held     and Manggunio had    . An ace fell on the flop but Baldwin's kicker sent Manggunio to the payout desk.

Jean-Louis Santoni opened from under the gun and called a re-raise from Vaillancourt. They went to a       flop and got their stacks all in. Santoni held     but Vaillancourt was drawing live with    . A diamond fell on the turn and Santoni's day was over.

Eric Davis would be the sixth place finisher when he shoved     and John Esposito called with    . The board ran           and Esposito's flush sent Davis to the rail.

Eric Baldwin's fateful hand occurred when he four-bet shoved all in preflop. Noah Vaillancourt called after a lengthy tank and tabled    . Baldwin held pocket queens but the board hit Vaillancourt square in the face when it ran          . Baldwin picked up a fifth place finish in his third WSOP final table.

It would be another hour or so before John Esposito exited in fourth place. He got in a bad spot with     against Armstrong's    . They each paired their kicker card on the flop and Esposito never improved.

Vailancourt's final table ride had him yo-yoing up and down the counts. On his last downward swing Armstrong opened to 200,000 and Vaillancourt shipped it in. Armstrong called with     and Vaillancourt was behind holding    . Neither improved their hand on the board and Vaillancourt exited the tournament with nearly $200,000 for third place.

Heads up play lasted a little over two whole levels. The chip lead shifted back and forth throughout the night, without either player gaining a significant advantage over the other. The last hand came when Armstong four-bet shoved and Gathy called. Armstrong held pocket nines and Gathy pocket tens. The board ran           and it was all over. Gathy's tens held and he claimed his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Final Table Payouts

1Michael Gathy$440,820
2Jamie Armstrong$273,776
3Noah Vaillancourt$193,089
4John Esposito$139,457
5Eric Baldwin$101,948
6Eric Davis$75,422
7Jean-Louis Santoni$56,453
8Jason Manggunio$42,749
9Joshua Field$32,748
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:36 AM Local Time

Jamie Armstrong - 2nd place

Jamie Armstrong opened to 250,000, Michael Gathy raised to 600,000 and Armstrong shoved all in. Gathy called and the hands were tabled.


The board ran out           and Armstrong was eliminated. Gathy secured his WSOP bracelet.

Michael Gathy8,397,0003,637,000
Jamie Armstrong0-3,600,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:30 AM Local Time

Michael Gathy has been stealing many hands and has now stolen the chip lead as well.

Michael Gathy4,760,000860,000
Jamie Armstrong3,600,000-900,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:17 AM Local Time

Jamie Armstrong opened for 240,000 on the button and Michael Gathy called. The flop came       and both players checked. The turn came  , Gathy bet 340,000 and Armstrong called. The river brought the  , Gathy bet 740,000 and Armstrong called after a few moments.

Gathy tabled     for a full house and Armstrong mucked.

Jamie Armstrong4,500,000-2,300,000
Michael Gathy3,900,0002,100,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:06 AM Local Time

Jamie Armstrong

Michael Gathy check-called a bet of 125,000 on a     flop. On the   turn we saw Gathy check again, and Jamie Armstrong bet out 300,000. A call was made and to the river we went. The   was the last card to land and we again saw Gathy check-call a bet of 500,000.

Armstrong showed    for a pair of aces, which were good enough as Gathy mucked.

Jamie Armstrong6,800,0001,800,000
Michael Gathy1,800,000-1,680,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:58 PM Local Time
Level: 31
Blinds: 60000/120000
Ante: 15000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:48 PM Local Time

We had an all in and a call preflop.


The board ran           and Gathy got back in the game.

Jamie Armstrong5,000,000-1,700,000
Michael Gathy3,480,0001,880,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:46 PM Local Time

Jamie Armstrong limped in from the button recently, and found Michael Gathy giving a friendly check. Both players saw a     flop, and the real action began. Gathy checked, and Armstrong bet 125,000. Gathy then raised to 285,000, and Armstrong three-bet to 625,000. Gathy made the call and we were off to the turn.

A   landed on fourth street and the two players knuckled the table for checks. A   on the river saw a 555,000 bet from Gathy. Armstrong counterd by moving all in. After a few moments of contemplation Gathy threw it away and Armstrong took down the massive pot.

Jamie Armstrong6,700,0001,700,000
Michael Gathy1,600,000-1,800,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:34 PM Local Time

On a board of           Jamie Armstrong bet 425,000 on the river. Michael Gathy called and mucked when Armstrong tabled    .

Jamie Armstrong5,000,000400,000
Michael Gathy3,400,000-300,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:26 PM Local Time
Jamie Armstrong4,600,0001,700,000
Michael Gathy3,700,000500,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:25 PM Local Time

Noah Vaillancourt - 3rd place

Jamie Armstrong made it 200,000 from the button, and Noah Vaillancourt moved all in after Michael Gathy folded the small blind for about 800,000. Armstrong made the call and Vaillancourt was at risk.


An       board ran out and Vaillancourt failed to improve and was subsequently eliminated in third.

Noah Vaillancourt0-780,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:20 PM Local Time

We had an all in preflop between Michael Gathy and Noah Vaillancourt.


The board ran           and Gathy doubled up and left Vaillancourt short stacked.

Michael Gathy3,200,000-650,000
Noah Vaillancourt780,000-1,620,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:17 PM Local Time

Noah Vaillancourt

Jamie Armstrong came out to start this hand raising to 200,000. Noah Vaillancourt in the big blind obliged and made the call and both players saw a     flop. Vaillancourt checked and Armstrong bet out 150,000. A call was made and both players were allowed to see the   on the turn. It was here that the two players knuckled.

A   on the river saw Vaillancourt take control and bet out 365,000. A call was quickly made by Armstrong, who was in for some poor news as Vaillancourt flipped over    for three of a kind kings.

Jamie Armstrong2,900,000-440,000
Noah Vaillancourt2,400,0001,205,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:01 PM Local Time
Level: 30
Blinds: 50000/100000
Ante: 10000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:59 PM Local Time

Michael Gathy has jumped into the lead.

Michael Gathy3,850,0001,300,000
Jamie Armstrong3,340,000-1,060,000
Noah Vaillancourt1,195,000-605,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:45 PM Local Time

Another two levels have been completed and the remaining three players are going on a short break.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:44 PM Local Time

With a     flop exposed in the middle of the felt we saw Noah Vaillencourt check-raise to 200,000 of a min-bet from Jamie Armstrong. Armstrong then came back over the top and made it 450,000, to which Vaillencourt responded by making it 960,000. It all came to an end though when Armstrong moved all in and Vaillencourt snap folded.

Jamie Armstrong4,400,0001,395,000
Noah Vaillancourt1,800,000-900,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:35 PM Local Time

Noah Vaillancourt started this hand out with a pretty standard raise to 160,000 from the button. Jamie Armstrong in the small blind then three-bet to 395,000. Next to act was Michael Gathy who four-bet to 795,000. Vaillancourt folded, and after a few moments Armstrong followed suit and folded himself.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:18 PM Local Time
Jamie Armstrong3,005,000-995,000
Noah Vaillancourt2,700,000400,000
Michael Gathy2,550,000750,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:13 PM Local Time

Both Michael Gathy and Jamie Armstrong put 210,000 in the pot preflop. The flop came       and Armstrong check-called 225,000. The   came on the turn and Armstrong check-called a second time, this time to the tune of 325,000. The river saw the   fall, Armstrong checked and Gathy moved all in for around 1,000,000.

Armstrong folded and they moved on to the next hand.