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When I Was A Donk – Jonathan Karamalikis

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Dec 20, 2017

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In this series, Card Player asks top pros to rewind back to their humble beginnings and provide insights regarding the mistakes, leaks, and deficiencies that they had to overcome in order to improve their games. Australia’s Jonathan Karamalikis broke out as an online poker star and tore up the competition, racking up nearly $6.5 million on the virtual felt. Over the years, however, he’s more than proven himself in the live arena as well with another $3 million in earnings. In 2010, Karamalikis took down the APPT Sydney main event for $454,304. He is currently having his best year on the live circuit, having finished second in a CPPT Venetian event in June for $429,611, and following that up with a runner-up showing in the Bellagio Cup for another $523,343. Here, Karamalikis explains the dangers of poker autopilot. “When I first started playing, I wasn’t very good, but I made ...


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