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[caption width="640"] Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis hopes his Big Stack Underwear line takes offl[/caption] David Beckham has his own fragrance line. Kobe Bryant has his own line of sneaker. So does Michael Jordan. John Elway once sold five car dealerships for $80 million. Mike Ditka has a well-known chain of steakhouses. Enter Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis, who started a line of underwear targeted at poker players called Big Stack Underwear. It's not just any kind of underwear. According to its website, it's "the most comfortable underwear you will ever wear." "My dad has been in the retail industry," Karamalikis said. "He was always brainstorming ideas. We were having dinner one night with one of his good mates and that person had been in the underwear industry for 20 years. We decided to create a poker-based underwear company." So far at least, the undie gods have been treating Karamalikis well. The end product is made from 95% viscose from bamboo and the website is littered with poker imagery and lingo. "It picked up traction during the Aussie Millions," Karamalikis said. "We have to pick up the social media, though. A lot of our marketing right now is the presence of patches that other pros and I have been wearing." Big Stack Underwear isn't cheap. At Target, you can buy five boxers for $20. At Big Stack Underwear, $20 will get you one pair… maybe. Each runs between $25 and $29 AUD and they all have poker-themed names like "suits trunks" and "big blind briefs." "It molds to your junk," Karamalikis candidly said when asked why his underwear was worth the price of five pairs from a major retail chain. "We've done market research of high quality underwear and ours is better than the designer brands like Calvin Klein. We just don't have the name quite yet." Karamalikis is the company's CEO and runs it alongside a few other partners. He admitted that business isn't booming quite yet, but someone recently placed an order for 100 pairs. That guy is apparently set for life. [caption width="320" align="alignright"] Even Big Stack's packaging is poker-themed[/caption] The Australian's time spent hawking bamboo briefs has taken away from his ability to focus wholeheartedly on the poker felts. Nevertheless, he found a few hours last weekend to take down the six-max PokerStars Sunday Supersonic for $47,000, his 17th largest online poker score to date. "I'm still spending a lot of time on poker," he said. "Big Stack is more of a side project. This is a new thing for me too. I'm still trying to get a grip on how to do things. I've been trying to keep more of an online presence for marketing purposes and constantly talk to people about it." Two of his largest online scores came in 2011: a WCOOP bracelet in a $215 Rebuy for $179,000 and a SCOOP kickoff final table for $101,000. All told, he has $5.8 million in career online tournament winnings along with another $2.5 million in live cashes. He's one of the most well-known and successful players in Australian poker history. Accordingly, even if his underwear business were to blow up, he wouldn't abandon the game that's molded him into what he is today. "If it got really big," Karamalikis said, "I'd want to make sure I had enough time to play poker and so would delegate work. It'll be a good problem to have." Karamalikis won the Asia Championship of Poker High Roller Event in 2012 for almost $500,000 and took down the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Main Event in Sydney a half-dozen years ago for $454,000. Accordingly, he has received a ton of face time in the poker world and in the mainstream press. "I think I am an Australian ambassador," Karamalikis said. "I've been around for a long time. I know a lot of people from difference facets of the poker world. When people think of Australian poker players, I hope to be one of the first ones they think of." Other popular players from "Down Under" include Joe Hachem, Jeff Lisandro, and Tyron Krost. A little over two months into 2016, Karamalikis is planning to take poker as it comes. However, he still has one lofty goal in mind, something he can try to cross off his bucket list in a few short months. "I want to do well in the WSOP Main Event," he said. "I've probably played the Main Event five times and cashed once. I'm looking forward to it."
[caption width="640"] Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis grabbed a tournament win on Sunday[/caption] There was a three-way final table chop in the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend, as 'JanekJorgman' and Kenny 'LoneHixx' Hicks took home $135,142 and $133,406 for their respective 3rd and 1st place official finishes. PocketFives member 'slayertompa' earned his first career six-figure online tournament cash upon walking way with $100,420 for his runner-up finish. The Sunday Warm-Up was won by 'XingsMaster' for $74,829, while Melanie 'Callisto 5' Weisnerreceived a payday of $58,313 for her outright victory in the Stars Sunday 500. Australian online poker tournament superstar Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx'Karamalikis took down the Sunday Supersonic for $47,385 and will officially re-enter the top 500 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings later this week. 'TheRepoMan86' won the PartyPoker High Roller and was awarded $28,058. The 888 Baby Whale tournament saw 'JohnyK91' in the winner's circle for $26,334, while 'Mr_Yuve' received $27,305 for coming out on top in the 888 $120k Guaranteed Mega Deep. PocketFiver 'Like a G6' of the Czech Republic (ranked #162 worldwide) cashed for $20,737 for winning FTOPS Event #16. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) 5,727 entrants - $1,145,400 paid out to 855 spots ~ Full Recap LoneHixx $133,405.67 slayertompa $100,420.20 JanekJorgman $135,141.73 *3-way deal _m0ney2_89 $64,314.21 Armani1974 $48,106.80 pinkwins $36,652.80 p€troceli $25,198.80 (petroceli) Köstritzer83 $14,317.50 mo-big-big $8,934.12 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) 2,368 entrants - $473,600 paid out to 342 spots ~ Full Recap XingsMaster $74,828.91 Crashsite!! $56,202.11 cigarromata $40,256.00 RcknTheSbrbs $27,705.60 (winwin07) Hoegh93 $21,075.20 ciaca21 $16,339.20 olelemaiko $11,603.20 Maxxx72alba $6,867.20 PataNegraXD $4,025.60 PokerStars Sunday 500 ($500+$35 NLHE) 622 entrants - $311,000 paid out to 90 spots ~ Full Recap Callisto 5 $58,312.50 $h1tter$ $41,985.00 2K14 $31,100.00 (biiigcircus) philipoo $23,325.00 (Philip) bossamtisch $16,327.50 philroyal888 $13,217.50 Marlin5555 $10,107.50 Eccentric_BG $6,997.50 ShipitFTW911 $4,385.10 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($200+$15 NLHE 6-Max) 1,342 entrants - $282,893.60 paid out to 168 spots ~ Full Recap MONSTER_DONG $47,385.42 (xMONSTERxDONGx) Cbart_05 $35,361.70 (bustindanut) mindgamer $26,733.44 nailuj90 $18,246.63 Kihlstrom $11,938.10 Rhys 'floppinhel Jones $7,779.57 PartyPoker High Roller ($530 NLHE Re-Entry) 303 entrants - $151,500 paid out to 45 spots TheRepoMan86 $28,057.80 firgli $19,710.15 domano111 $14,089.50 dadowiec $11,514 prebzzz - $9,847.50 spetsern $8,332.50 AcOfAces14 $6,817.50 Sheater $5,302.50 hannes_os $3,787.50 iPoker Sunday Masters (€150 NLHE) 144 entrants - $22,191 paid out to 27 spots ~ Full Recap SuckOutMaybe $4,770.96 ProPrice23 $3,439.53 (ProPrice) Klaxton123 $2,607.39 (Ariados) SetKat $1,941.67 R4ndomClickin $1,331.43 Szon $1,109.53 MatiRuiz76s $887.62 niboru $665.72 tabbletopper $443.81 888 Baby Whale ($320 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 462 entrants - $138,600 paid out to 63 spots JohnyK91 $26,334 Checktrap11 $19,404 SmoothSilk $14,206.50 ITalk2Girls $10,810.80 Juanfran1973 $7,623 isildur1337x $5,890.50 (C Darwin2) CzarBushov $4,504.50 chazown $3,118.50 (cal42688) easylimp888 $2,300.76 888 Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) *$120k Guaranteed 744 entrants - $148,800 paid out to 99 spots Mr_Yuve $27,304.80 ieatfishies $19,492.80 smgdgd12 $14,731.20 dr.b00m $11,085.60 (danilo) PulledPorker $7,737.60 (OU_dlanger610) alekmkz $6,249.60 (ale kmkz) UHYC9_888 $4,761.60 inexperiente $3,273.60 Lov3ThiSGamE $1,934.40 Full Tilt FTOPS Event #16 ($250 NLHE) 596 entrants - $138,868 paid out to 81 spots ~ Full Recap ll LIKE A G6 ll $20,736.57 (Like a G6) Belabacsi $21,965.3 *2-way deal Rikki MacK $12,914.72 Tedson $9,026.42 mrsalgado30 $6,596.23 G-Flush13 $4,999.25 alexander_rus $3,888.30 (Blackk) aggr0vated18 $3,055.10 (norfair18) DBerglin $2,360.76 (DBerglin)
[caption width="640"] Jonathan Karamilikis continues to be one of the best online poker grinders from Australia.[/caption] Austrailia's Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis, the #6-ranked player in his home country and #170-ranked worldwide, added another impressive result on Sunday, beating out 214 others players to take down the $600 buy-in 888poker Whale to win $26,117. 'purplegerbil' cashed for $18,829 in second and Denmark's Simon 'IgorK' Rønnow Pedersen finished third for $14,273. United Kingdom tournament player 'luckyfish89' took down the $215 buy-in "Mega Deep" tournament and collected $24,444 as 'Biack88' earned a payday of $17,728 for second, with 43rd-ranked Kurt 'kurt23x' Fitzgerald of Costa Rica winning $13,069 for third place. A three-way final table deal was struck in the PokerStars Sunday Million which saw PokerStars players 'ya3thabe' and 'Lincownz' take home $131,459 and $128,620 for their respective runner-up and first place performances. 'Martinelly09' was awarded $72,366 for third place, followed by 'flukert' in fourth place for $58,738 and 'ExtremeUA' in fifth for $40,652. PocketFives member 'JohnSo18' of Hong Kong came out on top in the Sunday Warm-Up, collecting $52,953 for the win while 'niek112' finished second for $38,074. 'prebz' was victorious in the $1,050 buy-in No Limit Hold'em "Sunday Grand" tournament, pocketing $52,953 for the win as 'Mortan23' received $41,981 for second place. In the Pot Limit Omaha version of that tournament, PocketFives members finished in the top three spots, led by Leo 'ISILDRooN' Nordin of Sweden who picked up the win along with $31,010. 'Slebs888' was victorious in the six-max "Sunday Supersonic" event and walked away with $36,490. More than 28,300 players entered the Sunday Storm, with 'maad88' taking home the top cash prize of $28,309. The prestigious $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller tournament on Partypoker was won by PocketFives member Andras 'probirs' Nemeth of Hungary (ranked #12 worldwide) for a score of $47,465. 'PartyRainer' finished second in that event for $35,084 while #2-ranked Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez of Uruguay cashed for $25,932 in third place. The $530 buy-in version of the High Roller was taken down by 'EXPENSlve22' for $36,865 with 'DeathbyQuads' of Sweden (ranked #19 worldwide) being awarded $26,385 for finishing in the runner-up position. Fellow Swede 'inhoo' (ranked #4) was the third place finisher in that event for a score of $19,148. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+$15 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed 5,912 entrants - $1,182,400 paid out to 953 spots Lincownz - $128,620.08 ya3thabe - $131,459.15 Martinelly09 - $72,365.73 *3-way deal flukert - $58,738.32 ExtremeUA - $40,651.50 deanjlfc - $28,134.02 Mysters_Y - $19,470.93 Andres 'Nuthshell' Vega - $13,475.45 greeno99 - $9,326.06 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+$15 NLHE) *$350K Guaranteed 1,704 entrants - $350,000 paid out to 287 spots JohnSo18 - $52,953.47 niek112 - $38,073.52 am4ever1111 - $27,375.18 ex6tence - $19,683.02 xxViNtxx - $14,152.28 Hansaraba - $10,175.62 (HansTheGreat) rasulov_a - $7,316.36 pravnicek20 - $5,260.57 random_chu - $3,782.38 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+$50 NLHE) *$225K Guaranteed 296 entrants - $296,000 paid out to 39 spots prebz - $56,447.37 Mortan23 - $41,980.96 NEWFlat - $31,222.13 (Flat) SpaceyFCB - $23,220.54 apestyles - $17,269.61 AceSpades11 - $12,843.76 Rimlog - $9,552.18 (Purchase Rebuy) Adrijan_S - $7,104.17 ImaLucSac - $5,283.51 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000+$50 PLO Six-Max) *$100K Guaranteed 153 entrants - $153,000 paid out to 19 spots Leo 'ISILDRooN' Nordin - $31,010.40 raconteur - $23,147.33 (validandnotinuse) ludovi333 - $17,278.10 anteen - $12,897.08 lena900 - $9,626.91 KingOfThe$ea - $7,185.92 (SeaKing) PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($215 NLHE Six Max Hyper Turbo) *$175K Guaranteed 1,107 entrants - $226,669 paid out to 155 spots Slebs888 - $36,490.24 offQbert45 - $23,852.18 mitsakos21 - $15,591.49 (betonme) mikki696 - $10,191.70 AzEsmTzar - $6,662.03 Kafrou - $4,354.77 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) *$275k Guaranteed 28,319 entrants - $283,190 paid out to 5,084 spots maad88 - $28,309.40 rulez84 - $20,155.05 Brian1967 - $14,367.19 meadsy28 - $10,241.39 maurice1909 - $7,300.38 B-06244 - $5,203.95 jaskuguelle - $3,709.53 Leonardo 'LeoMattosAK' Mattos - $2,644.28 VisteoN_BR - $1,884.91 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$100K Guaranteed 78 entrants - $195,000 paid out to 13 spots probirs - $47,465 PartyRainer - $35,084 DrMiKee - $25,932 (Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez) Makemineadouble - $19,167 good player - $14,167 (Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville) omaha4rollz - $10,472 z0rr088 - $7,740 KoksJuuice - $6,693 (lena900) partypoker High Roller ($530 NLHE) *$150K Guaranteed 398 entrants - $199,000 paid out to 63 spots EXPENSlve22 - $36,865 ABCpoker911 - $26,385 (DeathbyQuads) petdet3ctive - $19,148 (inhoo) LeChieNN - $13,896 ADRIEN_BRODY - $10,085 (1_conor_b_1) Lebanon1959 - $7,318 Ilove2fish - $5,311 rdx1995 - $3,854 888 Poker WHALE ($600 NLHE) *$120K Guaranteed 215 entrants - $121,475 paid out to 27 spots xMONSTERxDONGx - $26,117 purplegerbil - $18,829 IggyGak - $14,273 (Simon 'IgorK' Rønnow Pedersen) pimmelspeck - $10,629 (pappadogg) dudupa1986 - $7,289 MisterN411 - $6,074 WorldIsOurs - $4,859 (Maszat 'noirduck' Marci) Rodrigo 'rodckz' Motoki - $3,644 hateVAMOS - $2,430 (Maxim 'decay' Lykov) 888 Poker Mega Deep ($200+15 NLHE) *$130K Guaranteed 647 entrants - $129,400 paid out to 81 spots jareth3542 - $24,444 (luckyfish89) Biack88 - $17,728 gingerspew - $13,069 (Kurt 'kurt23x' Fitzgerald) UveBeenStakt - $9,834 (DamienWain) vondopoulos - $6,910 armin631 - $5,500 (steve31) Noob3R1337 - $4,206 z4c4rd - $2,912 pantsinants - $1,941