Australians to look out for at the WSOP-APAC: Jonathan Karamalikis
Posted at 12:15 2013-04-03 by Matthew Pitt
The inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific is just around the corner and PokerNetwork believes that Australian poker players will shine on home soil. In the run up to WSOP-APAC we will be showcasing a number of players who we think will be shining jewels at the Crown poker Room.
Ask any poker-loving person to name an Australian poker pro and the majority will answer with Joe Hachem, after all he did win the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event. But ask those players in the know who they think is the best Australian poker player and they will almost certainly give the name of Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis.
Karamalikis is currently in seventh place on the Australian all-time money listing behind the aforementioned Hachem, the infamous Tony G, the legend Mel Judah and former Aussie Millions Main Event winners David Gorr, Tyron Krost and Oliver Speidel. However, by the time 2013 has ended we would expect Karamalikis to have climbed at least a couple of spots in those standings.
With almost $2,000,000 in live tournament winnings, Karamalikis’ name is not one poker players want to see at their table. He has cashes dating back to 2007 with highlights including a $120,098 score for finishing second in a $1,000 side event at the 2009 Aussie Millions, a win in the $1,650 Bounty event at the 2010 Aussie Millions for $122,700, an outright victory in the 2010 Aussie Millions High Roller for $116,000 but his biggest score came just a few months ago..
Like many Australian poker pros, Karamalikis jetted to Macau for the Asia Championship of Poker. While there he bought into the HK$240,000 buy-in High Rollers Event with 38 other players and went on to win – defeating fellow Aussie Jeffrey Rossiter heads-up — to get his hands on a score of almost $480,000 Australian dollars!
When he is not terrorising opponents in the live arena, Karamalikis can be found crushing online poker tournaments! In his career to date, Karamalikis has won almost $4,400,000 from online poker tournaments, a cash haul that sees him ranked number one in Australia and 24th in the entire world.
If anyone is going to make sure the coveted World Series of Poker bracelets are going to stay on home soil then it is Mr Monster Dong!
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