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Karamalikis Still Number One but Kinkade is Within Striking Distance

Posted at 10:55 2013-01-13 by Matthew Pitt

Jonathan Karamalikis is still the number one ranked online tournament player in Australia, but he is facing some stiff opposition from Jay Kinkade for that top berth.

Karamalikis, better known in online poker circles as "xMONSTERxDONGx", has not registered a single cash since before Christmas, so it is safe to say he is on an extended break. With the 2013 Aussie Millions being just around the corner we would not think he would start to grind online again until around February time. This will open the door for Kinkade and others to topple him from the top of the standing.

Kinkade is the best placed player to claim the number one spot as he continues to put in an impressive amount of volume. Although the man known as “SEABEAST” has not registered any huge scores of late, he is still making it into the money places on a regular basis and it is only a matter of time before he binks something massive – you mark our words.

Third placed Nurlan “Nur1ck” Boobekov could make a charge for the top spot, but he is currently around 500 points behind so will need to go on a huge heater or take something like the Sunday Million down. Boobekov had a great Monday night on the 7th when he won the $25 buy-in hyper Turbo on PokerStars for $4,530 and won a $215 Turbo on PokerStars on the same night for an additional $10,061. Well played sir.

Top 10 Australian online poker tournament players

RankNamePoints
1Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis5883.37
2Jay “SEABEAST” Kinkade5844.55
3Nurlan “Nur1ck” Boobekov5332.53
4Michael “WaGe N WaRz” Federsen5025.50
5James “supanova99” Bills4965.05
6Matt “mjw006” Wakeman4960.84
7Steven “random.chu” Chew4545.35
8Andrew “FUZZBUNGLE”Hinrichsen4485.60
9Matt “brownie682” Brown4311.10
10Tom “tollgate” Griigg4295.99

It appears a number of Australian players have removed their screen names from certain sites, which would account for their apparent slide down the standings. The reason for this is currently unknown, but we are sure there is method in their madness!

Data from PocketFives.com was used to create this article.

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