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Moneymaker blows Tunica lead
Moneymaker took a very healthy lead on Day 2 of the $5k buy-in tournament at the Gold Strike Tunica that started with 126 players Sunday.
He held that lead until 40-year-old Tennessee business owner Steve Hamontree busted Monroe, Louisiana's Thomas Creel fifth to take control four-handed.
Moneymaker found himself crippled soon after, running ace-queen into 25-year-old poker pro Jeremy Gaubert's big slick.
Gaubert, whose biggest score previously in four years as a pro was a chop in the Sunday Million on PokerStars, went on to take the title, $192,953 and a $10k seat in the WPT Southern Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage coming up in January.
Moneymaker won his seat by virtue of a first-place finish in a $500 Pot-Limit Omaha preliminary event in Tunica last week.
Despite the Main Event title and a runner-up finish at the 2004 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, Moneymaker told reporters in Tunica the PLO win was his greatest poker accomplishment.
Clonie Gowen won the event in 2008, beating a field of 107 to take down the $183,224 first-place prize.