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2012 World Series of Poker › Event 21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em


We are Back!

Posted 2012-06-12 GMT-6 • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

The final four players are resuming play, hopefully with full bellies.

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Dinner Break Chip Counts

Posted 2012-06-12 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Jamie Armstrong 3,345,000 45,000 pos
Noah Vaillancourt 2,450,000 -150,000 neg
Michael Gathy 1,600,000 -200,000 neg
John Esposito 1,175,000 75,000 pos

The Dinner Bell Doth Ringeth

Posted 2012-06-12 GMT-6 • Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

It's time to eat! The players (and bloggers) are on a 75-minute dinner break. We'll be back around 9:45 PM PST.

Vaillancourt Victorious

Posted 2012-06-12 GMT-6

Noah Vaillancourt came out raising preflop as is becoming custom, and John Esposito three-bet to 500,000. Vaillancourt moved all in and was quickly called by Esposito who flipped over {q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. Vaillancourt showed {A-Hearts}{k-Spades} and was by no means out of it.

A {5-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} flop made its debut to the players giving Vaillancourt the advantage. The {3-Clubs} on the turn and the {7-Clubs} on the river sealed the deal on Vaillancourt's double up.

Chip Counts
Noah Vaillancourt 2,600,000 1,850,000 pos
John Esposito 1,100,000 -1,050,000 neg

Longest. Tank. Ever.

Posted 2012-06-12 GMT-6 • Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
John Esposito
John Esposito

Noah Vaillancourt started the action with an open to 100,000. John Espisto and Michael Gathy called out of the blinds and the flop came {Q-Spades} {5-Hearts} {J-Clubs}. All three players checked and the turn came {10-Spades}.

Esposito led out with 200,000, Gathy folded and Vaillancourt moved all in for a total of 615,000. Esposito then leaned back in his chair and started to think. And think, and think and think.

A full five minutes passed and Esposito had cut out enough chips to call from his stack but did nothing. He finally released his hand and the action continued.

Battle of the Blinds

Posted 2012-06-12 GMT-6

Noah Vaillancourt continues to make his presence known here at the final table, this past hand we saw him make it 125,000 preflop from the small blind. Jamie Armstrong in the big blind made the call and both players saw a {7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop. It was here that Vaillancourt bet out 140,000. Armstrong made the call.

A {5-Clubs} on the turn saw two checks, while the {5-Hearts} on the river brought with it a bet of 185,000 from Vaillancourt. Armstrong made the call and showed {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts} which was enough to be Vaillancourt's {Q-}{10-}.

Chip Counts
Jamie Armstrong 3,600,000 300,000 pos
Noah Vaillancourt 750,000 -375,000 neg

Vaillancourt Slipping Away

Posted 2012-06-12 GMT-6
Noah Vaillancourt
Noah Vaillancourt

Noah Vaillancourt and Jamie Armstrong went to a flop of {7-Diamonds} {6-Spades} {10-Hearts} together. Vaillancourt bet 140,000 and Armstrong called. The turn brought the {A-Hearts}, Vaillancourt bet 270,000 and Armstrong called. The river came {2-Clubs} and after a while Vaillancourt bet 575,000.

Armstrong snap-called and tabled {A-Clubs} {7-Spades} for two pair. Vaillancourt looked disgusted when he turned over {A-Spades} {Q-Spades}.

Chip Counts
Jamie Armstrong 3,300,000 1,460,000 pos
Noah Vaillancourt 1,125,000 -1,275,000 neg

Gathy Getting There

Posted 2012-06-12 GMT-6

Michael Gathy was the first to act and made it 80,000. The button folded and Jamie Armstrong three-bet to 205,000 from the small blind. The big blind then folded and action was back on Gathy who made the call.

After a {j-Hearts}{9-Spades}{8-Spades} flop was exposed Armstrong continued for 225,000. Gathy eventually made the call and both players were treated to the {5-Clubs} on turn. Armstrong started the action out by checking, while Gathy took his time counting out his own stack before eventually knuckling for a check as well.

A {2-Hearts} on the river brought a repeat of action with both players checking. Armstrong flipped over {A-Clubs}{k-Clubs} for ace high, while Gathy countered with {A-}{9-} for a pair of nines and the winning hand.

Chip Counts
Jamie Armstrong 1,840,000 -960,000 neg
Michael Gathy 1,400,000 20,000 pos

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Winner Michael Gathy
Winning Hand ♣10♠10
Prize 440,829

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 60,000 / 120,000
Ante 15,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 2,519,100