Jonathan Karamalikis Wins ACOP High Roller At APPT Macau; Own MTT On Nov.14

Posted at 08:00 2012-11-13 by Matthew Pitt

Jonathan Karamalikis has warmed up for the tournament bearing his own name in the perfect way, by taking down the Asia Championship Of Poker (ACOP) High Roller event that was part of the 2012 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau festival.

The man affectionately known in online poker circles as “xMONSTERxDONGx” or derivatives of that alias, was one of 39 players to exchange HK$250,000 (approximately AUD$30,500) for the chance to become an ACOP champion of the highest degree. With such a high buy-in there were some of the biggest names in poker among the 39 runners including Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Phil Ivey and John Juanda.

ElkY would go on to bubble the tournament, busting out in sixth place. The Frenchman’s exit locked up a payout of HK$740,400 for each of the surviving players – that’s close to AUD$91,000 – not bad for a couple of day’s work at the felt. That sum of money was picked up by David Steick for his fifth place finish, and during the final day Steick was joined on the rail, via the cashier’s cage of course, by former November Niner Joseph Cheong and then Chunlei Zhou, setting up a mouth-watering heads-up clash between Karamalikis and recent ACOP champion Jeff Rossiter.

It would be Karamalikis who would eventually emerge victorious, picking up the trophy, the title of champion and the HK$3,707,000 (AUD$458,000) first place prize. Yet another addition to his already impressive resume.

ACOP HK$250,000 High Roller Results

PositionNamePrize (HKD)Prize (AUD)
1Jonathan Karamalikis$3,707,000$458,000
2Jeff Rossiter$2,224,000$275,000
3Chunlei Zhou$1,483,000$184,000
4Joseph Cheong$1,112,000$138,000
5David Steick$740,400$91,000

As mentioned in the opening paragraph, Karamalikis has a poker tournament named after him, the Jonathan Karamalikis Cup, which will be played as part of the 2012 Adelaide Poker Championships that are currently taking place. The Jonathan Karamalikis Cup is a $2,200 buy-in event that will kick off at 16:30 on Nov. 14 in the Poker Zone of the Adelaide Casino and sees everyone sit down at six-handed tables with 20,000 chips. The blinds increase every 30-minutes and there is a $1,000 bounty on the head of Mr Monster Dong!

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