Live Events 4
$2,200 No Limit Holdem Main Event
$2,200 No Limit Holdem Main Event
Day 2 Completed

That's A Wrap; Booth The Man To Catch

Carl "The Hood" Booth
Carl "The Hood" Booth
With some stunning bad beats and enormous swings throughout the evening, our 132 players have now been reduced to our final table of nine.

They will be led by Carl Booth, nicknamed "The Hood" by our loyal shoutbox railbirds who survived the fifteen hours of play today to see their man accumulate a massive stack. At one stage Booth was out to over 1.5 million, but he'll know he won't have it all his own way tomorrow as the likes of Joe Cabret and Herman Marchese chipped away to reduce Booth's lead late in the day.

Here's how they will lineup:

Seat 1: Lawrence Gibson (914,000)
Seat 2: Carl Booth (1,197,000)
Seat 3: Con Tsapkounis (882,000)
Seat 4: Michel Bouskila (285,000)
Seat 5: Joe Cabret (1,112,000)
Seat 6: Antonio Ascenzio (582,000)
Seat 7: Angelo Prifti (856,000)
Seat 8: Sam Khouiss (627,000)
Seat 9: Herman Marchese (1,177,000)

The action recommences at 2pm local time tomorrow as we play it out for the title of 2009 PokerNews Cup Champion and the $250,000 first place prize! So long from the Crown Poker Room and we look forward to your company tomorrow!

Tags: Carl Booth

Tony Dunst Eliminated in 10th Place ($9,000)

Tony Dunst - 10th Place
Tony Dunst - 10th Place
Lawrence Gibson limped from the cutoff, Con Tsapkounis called on the button, Tony Dunst completed in the small blind and Sam Khouiss checked his option in the big blind.

They saw a four-way flop of {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and Dunst led out with a bet of 75,000. Khouiss folded and Gibson made the call as Tsapkounis stepped aside.

The turn brought a repeat {K-Spades} and Dunst fired out another 75,000. Gibson declared himself all in and Dunst emphatically called.

Dunst: {K-Diamonds}{2-Spades}
Gibson: {K-Clubs}{9-Hearts}

Dunst tabled a full house as Gibson was in trouble. However some days, it's just not your day, and Tony Dunst will have nightmares tonight as the {9-Clubs} fell on the river to give Gibson a bigger full house and the pot.

Dunst grabbed his jacket and hastily departed the Crown Poker Room as our final table of nine is set! We'll have the redraw and chip counts for you shortly.

Tags: Lawrence GibsonTony Dunst

Marwan Nassif Eliminated in 11th Place ($9,000)

Marwan Nassif - 11th Place
Marwan Nassif - 11th Place
The action folded around to Marwan Nassif in the small blind who open-shoved for all of his last 240,000 chips. Herman Marchese immediately called in the big blind.

Nassif: {5-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}
Marchese: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}

Nassif was on the steal as Marchese had woken up with a premium hand. The flop gave Nassif some hope when it fell {4-Clubs}{2-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and he improved further on the {6-Clubs}, turn but the {7-Hearts} river missed, to send Nassif home in 11th place.

Ten players remain and play will proceed on two five-handed tables under hand-for-hand conditions.

Tags: Herman MarcheseMarwan Nassif


"How did that happen?"
"How did that happen?"
Michel Bouskila had his jacket on and one foot out the door after getting his last chips in preflop with {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} against Tony Dunst's dominant {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds}, and then seeing a {A-Hearts}{8-Spades}{4-Spades} flop.

It appeared all hope was lost, but poker can be a cruel, cruel game. You can probably guess what happened next.

Turn: {7-Diamonds}
River: {J-Clubs}

Runner-runner straight for Bouskila! Dunst maintained complete composure as he uttered through clenched teeth, "How much?" It was 114,000 in total as Bouskila somehow stays alive and doubles through.

Tags: Michel BouskilaTony Dunst

"You're Back Lawrence!"

Lawrence Is Back!
Lawrence Is Back!
Michel Bouskila moved all in from the cutoff and Lawrence Gibson followed suit from the button. The blinds folded and the cards were on their backs.

Bouskila: {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}
Gibson: {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades}

The board was a safe {A-Clubs}{10-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{A-Spades} and Gibson finds the double up.

"You're back Lawrence!" exclaimed Sam Khouiss, as Gibson is now up over 400,000, leaving Bouskila on the short stack.

Tags: Lawrence GibsonMichel Bouskila

Jason Brown Eliminated in 12th Place ($9,000)

Jason Brown - 12th Place
Jason Brown - 12th Place
Catching the action on a flop of {8-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{5-Hearts}, Jason Brown checked to Herman Marchese who fired 60,000. Brown then check-raised all in for 298,000 in total with Marchese making the call.

Brown: {J-Clubs}{2-Clubs}
Marchese: {A-Spades}{7-Spades}

Brown was on the flush draw as the aces of Marchese were out in front. The turn was the {10-Hearts} and river the {5-Diamonds} and the party is over for Brown as he busts in 12th place as Marchese jumps to 975,000.

Tags: Herman MarcheseJason Brown

Gibson Manages To Survive

Lawrence Gibson has just doubled up to stay alive. He only had 67,000 chips so we assume they were in preflop from the blinds as he tabled {8-Hearts}{3-Hearts} to be up against Tony Dunst's {J-Spades}{9-Diamonds}.

The board arrived {K-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{4-Spades}{J-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} giving Gibson a very handy flush and he doubles to stay alive.

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Kris Nedanovski Eliminated in 13th Place ($9,000)

Kris Nedanovski - 13th Place
Kris Nedanovski - 13th Place
With Kris Nedanovski all in from the big blind, Lawrence Gibson limped from under the gun before Sam Khouiss took the opportunity to raise it up to 100,000. Gibson decided to make the call.

The flop came down {A-Spades}{6-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and Gibson checked to Khouiss who immediately moved all in and taunted his opponent to fold. Gibson eventually obliged and released pocket eights as Khouiss tabled {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} to collect the side pot.

Meanwhile Nedanovski had yet to look at his cards and slowly revealed {8-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}. He had outs but the {Q-Hearts} turn and {7-Diamonds} river landed to send him home in 13th place for $9,000.

Tags: Kris NedanovskiLawrence GibsonSam Khouiss