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Have you tried changing the fuel that you are using? This sounds like the engine is not getting enough fuel to start when cold. According to your information I believe it is a fuel quality issue that is causing your problem. Even with the choke your engine can't get enough of this poor quality fuel to run when cold. This would be the first thing that I would do. I would first upgrade to premium fuel, 92 or 93 octane or higher, it has less additives therefore it will perform better. If your current fuel has a high percentage of ethanol this would also cause your problem, it takes more of this poor quality fuel at cold for the engine to run, once the engine is warm or hot you may not notice a problem.