Jonathan Karamalikis Wins Event 118: $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Summer Saver $1,000,000 Guarantee for $160,188

Event 118: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II $1,000,000 Guarantee

Event: $1,100 Summer Saver
Guarantee: $1,000,000
Entries: 986
Prize Pool: $1,000,000
Places Paid: 99
Winner: Jonathan Karamalikis – $160,188

Jonathan Karamalikis – Event 118: $1,100 NLH Summer Saver II $1,000,000 GTD  – $160,188

Jonathan Karamalikis’ streak at The Venetian continues with his first career DeepStack Poker Series win. Karamalikis finished second in last summer’s DSE III $3,500 event for $429,611 and comes out on top today in the Summer Saver II for $160,188.

This event is the third cash at The Venetian for Karamalikis during the DeepStack Championship Poker Series. Karamalikis made the final three tables in both the MSPT $1,600 and $3,500 events to earn a combined total of over $68,000.

Karamalikis finished the job this time around and brings his career live earnings to over $4 million. This event is the last one of the summer for Karamalikis and we are sure to see him back next summer for another six-figure score.

Event 118: Zach Donovan Eliminated 2nd ($114,769), Jonathan Karamalikis Wins!

Event 118: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II $1,000,000 Guarantee

Level 35
Blinds: 150,000/300,000/50,000
Players Remaining: 1/986
Average Stack: 19,720,000

Zach Donovan

The heads up battle between Zach Donovan and Jonathan Karamalikis stayed in the Aussie’s favor and he finished up the win to close out his summer.

Donovan raised to 900,000 on the button and Karamalikis shoved for 4,800,000 effective. Donovan called off with A♣8 and was in a precarious spot versus the A♠10♠ of Karamalikis.

The J98♣ flop paired Donovan but Karamalikis was still live for a straight. The Q♠ turn left only a chop available and the J♠ river did not cooperate.

Donovan collects $114,769 and Karamalikis earns the win. A recap is to be posted shortly.

Event 118: Karamalikis Opens Up Large Chip Lead Over Donovan

Event 118: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II $1,000,000 Guarantee

Level 34
Blinds: 120,000/240,000/25,000
Players Remaining: 2/986
Average Stack: 9,860,000

Zach Donovan’s 2-1 chip lead over Jonathan Karamalikis to start heads up play is no more. Karamalikis doubled through Donovan and then took another sizable pot to gain control of the match.

Donovan opened to 520,000 and Karamalikis three-bet to 1,600,000 in the small blind. An all-in came out of Donovan’s stack and Karamalikis called with A♣K♣ for 6,100,000. Donovan trailed with A4♠ and the 7♣6♣4♣ flop put him near dead. Needing the board to pair, the 7♠ turn gave Donovan some hope. The J did no other damage and Karamalikis doubled up.

Then, Karamalikis opened the button to 520,000 and Donovan came over the top to 1,7250,000. Karamalikis stuck with him and Donovan continued for 950,000 on the 107♣4♣ flop. Karamalikis decided to raise to 2,300,000 and Donovan pitched his hand in without much resistance.

Jonathan Karamalikis – 13,100,000
Zach Donovan – 6,625,000

Event 118: John Dolan Eliminated 3rd ($117,943)

Event 118: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II $1,000,000 Guarantee

Level 34
Blinds: 120,000/240,000/25,000
Players Remaining: 2/986
Average Stack: 9,860,000

John Dolan

Short-stacked with elevated blinds, John Dolan was all-in at the start of Level 34.

Zach Donovan raised to 500,000 on the button and Dolan committed his final 960,000 from the big blind. Donovan called and had three immediate outs with 9♠7♠ against the J7♣ of Dolan.

Dolan’s poor run in all-ins continued when the Q9♣6 flop gave Donovan a pair. An ace on the turn and river was not what Dolan was looking for and he takes third.

Zach Donovan – 13,995,000
Jonathan Karamalikis – 5,250,000
John Dolan – Eliminated 

Event 118: Karamalikis Doubles Huge Through Dolan

Event 118: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II $1,000,000 Guarantee

Level 33
Blinds: 100,000/200,000/25,000
Players Remaining: 3/986
Average Stack: 6,575,000

John Dolan is back on the ropes in the Event 118 final table after losing a crucial all-in to Jonathan Karamalikis.

Karamalikis’ rail had just arrived and he announced a “for the boys” all-in for 3,120,000 from the small blind. Dolan snap-called the big blind with KQ♠ and Karamalikis let out an expletive as he showed 10♠7♠.

The 7♣ popped up in the window to give Karamalikis the lead and Dolan started to count out chips to send over. The full seven-high board secured the pot for Karamalikis to pull into second place.

Jonathan Karamalikis – 6,340,000
John Dolan – 975,000

Event 118: Dolan Chips Out of Trouble

Event 118: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II $1,000,000 Guarantee

Level 33
Blinds: 100,000/200,000/25,000
Players Remaining: 3/986
Average Stack: 6,575,000

John Dolan is back over 20 big blinds and earned them through aggression against chip leader Zach Donovan.

Dolan limped the small blind and Donovan raised to 750,000 from the big blind and after a call, the two saw a A8♣7 flop.

A pat from Dolan led Donovan to bet 550,000. Dolan responded with an all-in for 2,775,000 total. Donovan used a minute to consider and peeled his cards twice before mucking.

Dolan is up to 4,750,000 and Donovan still leads with 10,200,000 less than 20 minutes into the level.

Event 118: Zach Donovan Doubles Into Monster Chip Lead

Event 118: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II $1,000,000 Guarantee

Level 32
Blinds: 80,000/160,000/20,000
Players Remaining: 3/986
Average Stack: 6,575,000

Zach Donovan

John Dolan won a major all-in earlier at today’s final table against Zach Donovan and this time around, Donovan came from behind to win.

Donovan opened the button to 350,000 and Dolan verbalized a three-bet to 1,400,000. A minute of thought passed for Donovan and he moved all-in for 5,600,000 total.

Dolan called right away with 10♣10♠ and Donovan’s A5 did not like to see that.

The A♠55♣ flop brought a laugh from Donovan as he flopped near perfect. The Q turn and 6♠ river cleared up the smoke and Donovan doubled into a huge lead.

Dolan is the short stack with 3,275,000 as the blinds go up.

Event 118: Three-Way Deal Agreed To, $40,000 to Play For

Event 118: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II $1,000,000 Guarantee

Level 32
Blinds: 80,000/160,000/20,000
Players Remaining: 3/986
Average Stack: 6,575,000

The three remaining players in the Summer Saver II took an extensive look at numbers following Ramin Hajiyev’s elimination and came to an agreement.

$40,000 is being left to play for along with the DeepStack Championship Poker Series trophy. The $40,000 goes to the winner of the Summer Saver II.

The breakdown of the chip stacks and locked up payouts are below.

Jonathan Karamalikis – 6,985,000 ($120,188)
John Dolan – 6,635,000 ($117,943)
Zach Donovan – 6,120,000 ($114,769)

Event 118: Ramin Hajiyev Eliminated 4th ($65,000)

Event 118: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II $1,000,000 Guarantee

Level 32
Blinds: 80,000/160,000/20,000
Players Remaining: 3/986
Average Stack: 6,575,000

Ramin Hajiyev

High roller expert Ramin Hajiyev proved his valor in the Summer Saver and fell just shy of the tournament podium.

Jonathan Karamiliks opened to 350,000 under the gun and Hajiyev three-bet all-in for 1,210,000 on the button. The blinds folded and Karamalikis completed the transaction.

Hajiyev was in a flip with AJ♠ against the 10♣10♠ of Karamalikis.

The K♠Q♠8 flop added a gutshot to his outs total. The 9♣ turn was the wrong four-sider and the 3 completed the board.

Jonathan Karamalikis – 6,985,000
Ramin Hajiyev – Eliminated 

Event 118: John Dolan Takes The Lead

Event 118: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II $1,000,000 Guarantee

Level 32
Blinds: 80,000/160,000/20,000
Players Remaining: 4/986
Average Stack: 4,930,000

John Dolan won a key “see-five” against Zach Donovan a little early at the Event 118 final table and took him to the post-flop streets this time around.

Donovan opened to 350,000 under the gun and Dolan stuck with him from the big blind.

Dolan checked the KJ♠3 flop and Donovan continued for 225,000. The bet was matched and the K♣ turn went check-check. Dolan bet out 575,000 on the 2 river and Donovan took a moment to call.

K8 emerged from Dolan’s hand and Donovan slapped his cards in the muck.

John Dolan – 6,810,000
Zach Donovan – 5,500,000