Jamie Armstrong Tops WSOP Event #21 After Day 2

Jamie ArmstrongCalifornia’s Jamie Armstrong leads the final 17 players left in event #21 after 205 players exited on Day 2 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.

A total of 222 players – from a starting field of 2,799 that created a $2,519,100 prize pool – began Day 2 of the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, but it is Armstrong who leads the way on 1,434,000 chips, followed closely by British Columbia’s Noah Vaillancourt (1,212,000) as the only players to break through the one million mark.

Nevada’s Eric Baldwin will start Day 3 in the Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in third place on 887,000 chips, while Arizona’s Derek Wolters (865,000) is also right in contention.

Maria Ho Makes The Money

As there has to be, many big-name pros exited early, including Jon Aguiar (222nd for $2,015), David Vamplew (216th for $2,015), Scott Baumstein (214th for $2,015), Chris McClung (199th for $2,217), John Duthie (195th for $2,217), Martin Staszko (116th for $2,771), Ryan Gentry (73rd for $4,182), Matthew Prior (82nd for $3,602), Huy Nguyen (39th for $8,363), Zimnan Ziyard (28th for $10,228), Christian Harder (27th for $12,621), Maria Ho (24th for $12,621) and Alan Keating (21st for $12,621).

Day 3 will see a champion crowned, with a gold bracelet and $440,829 awaiting the fortunate competitor.

Day 1 saw 11 levels of action as the field was cut back to just 228 survivors as the likes of David Benyamine, Fabrice Soullier, Scott Clements, Dwyte Pilgrim, Brian Hastings, David Williams, Chad Brown, Jose ‘Nacho’ Barbero, Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree, David ‘Doc’ Sands, Amanda Musumeci, Tristan Wade, Tommy Vedes and Mclean Karr hit the rail without cashing.

However, with 297 places being paid, some players did make the money, with Josh Brikis (261st for $1,839) the most notable.

WSOP 2012 Event #21 Final 17 Players

1. Jamie Armstrong (USA) – 1,434,000

2. Noah Vaillancourt (Canada) – 1,212,000

3. Eric Baldwin (USA) – 887,000

4. Derek Wolters (USA) – 865,000

5. Eric Davis (USA) – 527,000

6. Jason Manggunio (Canada) – 400,000

7. Earl Merritt (USA) – 388,000

8. Jonathon Poche (USA) – 374,000

9. Dan Smith (USA) – 339,000

10. Michael Gathy Bruxelles (USA) – 309,000

11. Hok-Leung Wong (Canada) – 245,000

12. Glenn Mccaffrey (USA) – 243,000

13. William Fichman (USA) – 178,000

14. John Esposito (USA) – 164,000

15. Joshua Field (USA) – 153,000

16. Randy Green (USA) – 96,000

17. Jean-Louis Santoni (France) – 59,500