"I did this for all the $2-5 donks out there!" said Marlon Goonawardne as he posed for his winners photo, hoisting his winning A-Q aloft.
Goonawardne is a popular local player at the Crown Casino who plays $2-5 NL. It seemed like everyone in the casino wandered away from their tables to congratulate him and shake his hand after he won.
Goonawardne seized the chip lead on the second hand of play when he eliminated Kim Pearl and never had to look back. Despite some serious competition from 2006 WSOP Main Event 3rd place finisher Binger, Goonawardne never backed down and rode that big stack all the way to victory.
Congrats to Marlon Goonawardne on a match well played. Maybe now it's time to move up to the $5-10 game?
Goonawardne raised to 24,000 and Binger called. The flop was . Binger checked, Goonawardne bet 15,000 and Binger called. The turn was the and both players checked. The river was the . Binger bet 35,000, Goonawardne min-raised to 70,000 and Binger folded.
Clonie Gowen has joined Michael Binger's fans on the rail, including John Murphy, Roy Winston, and his brother Nick. She's decked out in a black and white ruffled babydoll dress that reminds this reporter of a French maid's outfit. What's up with that??
Marlon Goonawardne and Michael Binger both limped in and saw a flop of . Goonawardne check-called a 16,000 bet from Binger on the flop. The turn was the . Goonawardne fired out 25,000, Binger raised to 60,000, and Goonawardne re-raised to 140,000. Time was called on Binger as he tanked, and he finally folded his cards.
On a flop of , both Goodawarne and Binger checked. The turn was the . Binger checked, Goodawarne bet 20,000 and Binger called. The river was the . Binger checked, Goodawarne bet 25,000 and Binger called. Goodawarne showed and took it down with a pair of aces.