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  • Michael Gathy Wins $1,000 No Limit Hold’em

    Friday, June 15th, 2012 by Ryan

The 2012 World Series of Poker is beginning to peak right now, and one of the “lower” buy-in tournaments at the World Series came to a close earlier this week. This was the Event #21, which was a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Many people expected this event to have a large number of players in it, and it had just that, as it featured nearly 2,800 players in the event. When all was said and done, the first place player in the event was set to take down an impressive $440,820 at the end of the day. When it was all over it was a poker player from Belgium by the name of Michael Gathy who won the grand prize and the gold bracelet for the impressive run.

In total, Gathy has put together only five total cashes throughout live tournaments, but they’ve been pretty big pay days. His first one came last year when he pulled in $74,174 for taking down second place in the European Short Handed Poker Championship Main Event, and then followed that up just a few months later with a payout of $233,645 at the Main Event of the Belgian Poker Series Grand Final. In total his career tournament winnings are now sitting at more than $750k.

The final day of yesterday’s $1k event started with 17 players and when they were down to the final nine it was Gathy was in the upper tier of chips with 783k. There were two players with more than two million chips at the top of the standings in Noah Vaillancourt and Jamie Armstrong when it began, and after that Gathy, Eric Baldwin, and Jean-Louis Santoni all had over 700k. From there, the remaining players were all less than 440k in total chips, leaving a large difference between those top two tiers and the bottom few players.

Gathy was knocked down quite a bit pretty early into play, and had only 175k chips, leaving him nearly eliminated. He slowly worked his way back up to 600k though, and then all the way up to 1.6 million before the dinner break began. Things kept on rolling along for Gathy as he got to heads up play against Jamie Armstrong he had 3.7 million chips, but was still about 900k behind his opponent for the championship. Gathy actually fell all the way to 1.6 million and then doubled, and fell down once again. Soon after that though he doubled one last time to take over the lead from Armstrong. Gathy’s lead was only about one million chips, but it ended quickly when Armstrong raised up to 250k and Gathy three-bet to 600k. From there Armstrong moved his chips into the middle and Gathy called him down. Armstrong turned over pocket 9’s while Gathy had pocket 10’s. This was the end as the tens held on, and Gathy won the nice first place prize.

For his nice second place finish Armstrong took home $273,776, and while he had to be disappointed to come up just a bit short of this gold bracelet win; you can bet that he was still happy to take home that large of a pay day off of just a $1,000 buy-in!

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