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xMONSTERxDONGx Dominates PokerNews Cup Main Event

Posted at 00:09 2009-10-04
Today was the second flight of the 2009 PokerNews Cup Main Event – and also the second chance for players to re-enter the tournament for those who busted yesterday under the new semicharge format.
210 players took to the felt today to create an overall field of 381 to see a AU$762,000 prizepool formed with a whopping AU$250,000 first prize on offer for the player that could stand atop in three days time.
Many players took the opportunity to re-enter the tournament with poker stalwarts Steve Topakas, Jai Kemp, Peter Aristidou and Tino Lechich also being joined by online whiz kids Rayan ‘rkrouk’ Nathan, Jonathan ‘xMONSTERxDONGx’ Karamalikis, Kristian ‘Bada Bing’ Lunardi and Michael ‘TheBigSiCkO’ Guzzardi as they, along with many others, forked over another AU$2,200 to take their seat amongst the country’s best.
PokerNews’ own Tony G also took his seat in the field along with Mark Vos, Clonie Gowen, Billy ‘the Croc’ Argyros, Martin Comer, Emad Tahtouh, Sam Capra, Sam Youssef and 2008 defending champion Nali Kaselias.
Kemp would be eliminated before he even had a chance to settle when his flopped top set of Aces went down to a flopped straight. Tony G arrived late, but was straight into the action before being an early casualty as Karamalikis started to soar up the leaderboard. 2009 Aussie Millions Champion Stewart Scott made his way to the rail for the second time in the tournament along with fellow Aussie Millions final table combatant Raj Ramakrishnan.
Vos hit the rail along with last year’s runner-up Kenneth Damm before a new 2009 Champion would be certain following the elimination of Kaselias when he found himself all in holding {Ac}{Kc} but would be outdrawn, and on his way out the door. Jim Sachinidis, Daniel Botta, Michael Zowie, David Gorr and many others would eventually hit the rail to leave approximately 89 players remaining when the chips were bagged and tagged.
Top Ten Chip Counts:
Jonathan Karamalikis – 211,200
Andrew Hinrichsen – 159,600
Michael Mifsud – 154,400
Linas Leonovas – 135,000
Ash Gupta – 125,300
Angelo Prifti – 105,000
Craig Duffy – 98,300
Michael Bouskila – 82,000
Herman Marchese – 78,800
Claude Hatchadourian – 77,000
Also enjoying a great day on the felt were Mat Hawker (74,000), Nathan (64,000), Tahtouh (50,000) and Argyros (49,000), while Topakas (31,000), Guzzardi (30,000) and – the most notable international visitor – in Clonie Gowen (24,900) still managing to bag a respectable amount of chips for day two when the remaining 138 players combine to battle down to just a final table.
Tomorrow’s action kicks off once again at 12:10pm local time with PokerNews.com providing all the live updates from the 2009 PokerNews Cup and the Crown Poker Room in Melbourne.

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