We're down to heads-up play at the final table of the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament after an insane series of eliminations punctuated by a disastrous freefall from PokerListings.com fave Alan Cutler, who was victimized by a pair of back-to-back beats of a sickening nature.
Here's now the last hour panned out in the Amazon Room (note: if you have any doubt that these low-level donkaments are crapshoots that reward luckboxes over skill, read on):
Dances With Dunzo: Costner Crashes (8th)
A short-stacked Gabe Costner gets all-in preflop against Robert Brewer, who turns up A♦ T♦ to Costner's A♠ 9♥. The board comes K♠ 8♠ 6♣ 8♦ 5♠ and the ten plays, sending Costner to the rail in eight place. He'll take $103,315 for his time.
Sundbo Dunbo (7th)
Ryan D'Angelo raises to $120,000 and Sverre Sundbo moves all-in over the top for $940,000. D'Angelo makes a quick call and turns up A♣ Q♣, while Sundbo is exposed as a liar with Q♦ 6♦. The board comes A♥ 5♦ 4♥ T♣ 5♥ and D'Angelo takes the pot with a pair of aces. Sundbo is eliminated in seventh place and earns $134,942 for his time.
Gerasimov Greened (6th)
Kirill Gerasimov gets all-in preflop against Ryan D'Angelo with J♦ J♠ to D'Angelo's A♠ Q♦. The board comes 6♦ 5♦ 5♠ 7♥ A♦ and D'Angelo rivers a pair of aces to send Gerasimov packing in sixth place. He'll earn $177,111 for his efforts.
The Fall of Alan Cutler (5th)
This is the sickest thing we've seen all week.
Alan Cutler is second in chips and makes a raise from the cut-off to $180,000. Alexandre Gome moves all-in over the top for his last $800,000 and Cutler makes the call, turning up A♣ Q♠ to Gomes' 7♠ 6♠. The flop comes A♠ Q♣ J♦ and that's where the sickness starts.
Gomes needs runner-runner to stay alive and is drawing extremely slim. The turn, however, is the 6♣ and Gomes is halfway there. The river is an incredible 6♥ and the Brazilian crowd roars as Gomes hits runner-runner to make trip sixes and double up.
On the very next hand, Cutler gets all-in preflop against Marco Johnson, who turns up a pocket pair of fives to Cutler's Q♥ Q♠. The flop comes J♥ 5♥ 2♥ and Johnson flops a set of fives. Cutler has a flush draw, but the turn and river go 6♠ K♣ and Cutler is eliminated in a disgusting turn of events. He's out in fifth place and will take $223,497 for his efforts, and hopefully has some friends to hide the sharp objects back home in Illinois.
Brewer Distilled (4th)
Ryan D'Angelo and Robert Brewer see a flop come K♥ 8♠ 5♥. Brewer bets out $325,000 and D'Angelo flat-calls. The turn is the 4♦ and D'Angelo checks to Brewer, who moves all-in D'Angelo snap calls, turning up a pocket pair of kings for top set while Brewer is behind with T♥ 7♥ and needs a heart to survive.
The river is the 7♠ and Brewer can't get there. He's out in fourth place and earns $274,101 for his time.
D'Angelo Hall'd (3rd)
Ryan D'Angelo raises to $150,000 and Alexandre Gomes moves all-in for his last $3.5 million D'Angelo calls off his last $2.8 million with A♣ Q♣ and is racing against Gomes' pocket nines. The board comes 9♥ 8♣ 7♣ 5♠ 3♦ and Gomes takes the pot with a set of nines.
Ryan D'Angelo is eliminated in third place and earns $326,812.
We're now heads-up between Alexandre Gomes and Marco Johnson, with Gomes holding a $6.7 million to $2.55 million lead over his rival. Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion!