Second only to the notorious Tony G on Lithuania’s all-time money list, Dominykas Karmazinas has an affection for gambling at the highest stakes. Dominykas found poker whilst still in education, but became understandably distracted from his academic studies when he started to make a lot of money playing cards. Karmazinas has experience playing both No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha, and has notably battled at the nosebleeds against some of the strongest competition around.
A tournament player at heart, Dominykas enjoyed a remarkably fast rise in the poker world. In just his fourth live tournament cash ever, the Lithuanian finished third at the 2010 €10,000 EPT Monte Carlo Main Event for $931,892. Finishing just two places shy of the multi-million dollar prize awarded to the winner, Domce was no doubt still pleased with his run that gave his bankroll a meteoric boost.
After a plethora of EPT final-table finishes along with a victory at a side event in Tallinn, Dominykas caught another big score at the Aussie Millions at the start of 2012. Winning the A$25,000 buy-in Semi-Shootout event for $205,895, Karmazinas earned his first major title in the live poker world.
After picking up more than $1,300,000 by playing live tournaments in just a couple of years, Domce dived into some of the toughest online PLO games going – to the detriment of his bankroll. He lost around $300,000 playing under the screenname ‘Domce’ on PokerStars in 2012 according to HighStakesDB – something that Dominykas has reflected on regretfully since.
However, Karmazinas has been more disciplined with his bankroll in recent years and is a consistent winner on the live European circuit. Though he is still waiting to replicate his 2010 score at EPT Monte Carlo, he regularly books five-figure wins and his regular deep runs are a testament to his ability as a player. Fellow tournament grinder Miikka ‘ChuckBass’ Anttonen wrote in his 2016 autobiographical book, ‘When we chat about the tournament afterwards, Domcee [Dominykas] speaks highly of my play. It means more to me than the sixty-two purple 500 euro bills I’ve just been handed’ - deservedly high praise for the Lithuanian poker pro.