Jonathan Karamalikis Finishes Ninth In The $10,300 WCOOP High Roller

Posted at 12:00 2012-09-12 by Matthew Pitt

When the 2012 PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker was announced poker players and fans around the world looked down the schedule and stopped at Event #22. This particular event was the $10,300 No Limit Hold'em High Roller and was sure to attract the cream of the internet poker crop; and attract them it did.

By the time registration had closed there were 297 of the world's best poker players in their virtual seats all vying for a slice of the $2,970,000 prize pool they had helped to create. Only 45 of the starters would make it into the money places, making 46th place one of the worst finishing positions in online poker this year. Unfortunately for one of the 297 runners someone had to become the 46th place finisher and that someone was Team PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck.

Wahlbeck's demise meant everyone ellse who has chips in front of them had locked up at least $17,820 for their efforts and were one step closer to the massive $574,695 first place prize. Some of the players who made it into the money places but just short of the final table included Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O'Dwyer (45th), Isaac “westmenloAA” Baron (42nd), Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu (37th), Bryn “BrynKenney” Kenney (33rd), Elio “smokrokflock” Fox (25th), Marc “dean23price” Wright (22nd), Steve “gboro780” Gross (21st) and Johan “”busto_soon” Van Til (12th). As you can see from the players mentioned the calibre of the entrants was nothing short of phenomenal.

The final table was extremely tough too with the likes of Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver, Matt “ch0ppy” Kay, Darren “darrenelias” Elias and Paul "Paolo69" Foltyn all present and correct. As the nine-handed finale got under way the players lined up as follows:


As you can see Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis was rather short and it proved not to be the popular pro's night. With blinds at 6,000/12,000/1,500a Karamalikis had to make a move sooner rather than later or risk losing ground on the chip leaders. He made that move when he raised to 24,000 from the hijack seat and then faced a three-bet to 56,500 from the button. With the action back on him, Karamalikis four-bet all-in for 181,197 chips and darrenelias made the call.


Karamalikis needed some help from the board as he was way behind in the hand, but the help failed to arrive as the five community cards fell {3-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{A-Clubs}. With that Karamalikis' tournament had come to an end. His prize? $51,975 or a little under $2,000 per hour. Karamalikis' chips were put to good use though as darrenelias ran out the eventual winner and picked up the massive $574,695 prize.

WCOOP Event #22 Final Table Results


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