In addition to the Young Achiever Award handed out to Alex Lynskey at the start of play, Joe Hachem was also on hand earlier to induct the latest player into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame.
"This player is the youngest inductee to the Australian Poker Hall of Fame ever," said Hachem. "He'sbeen playing poker since he was in nappies basically. He's won tournaments all across the world, both live and online."
The 2019 inductee to the Australian Poker Hall of Fame is Jonathan Karamalikis.
Jonathan Karamalikis Poker Achievements
- 4th on the Australian all-time money list ($4.1m+ in lifetime earnings)
- $6,533,635 in online earnings under the name xMONSTERxDONGx
- 2nd Bellagio Cup XIII July 2017 (US$523,343)
- 2012 ACOP Taipa High Roller (US$478,292)
- 2010 APPT Sydney Main Event (AU$459,510)
- 2010 Aussie Millions Bounty (AU$122,700)
- Five Aussie Millions final tables
"Thank you," said Karamalikis. "It’s important to get recognition, especially with something that lasts forever."