Cary Katz Takes Down 2018 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller

The PCA $100,000 Super High Roller is one of the most popular high roller tournaments and its reputation spreads across the globe. It was a few hours ago when another player joined the event’s champions club, and he did it in what many would consider a spectacular manner.

Cary Katz, who considers himself a recreational player but surely plays like a poker pro, won this year’s edition of the Super High Roller after besting a field of 48 entries that included some of the world’s toughest players. The player collected $1,492,340 for his performance, his third seven-figure payout ever.

Here it is important to note that Katz was among the latecomers to the Super High Roller party, as he joined the event before the start of Day 2. What is more, he ended that second day of play as one of the short stacks among the final seven players. In other words, Katz did what many would deem unthinkable, he emerged victorious all the way down from the uncomfortable position of starting a final day of action with the second smallest chip stack.

On Day 3 of the tournament, Katz had to contend against the likes of former PCA Super High Roller champion Bryn Kenney, Canadian super star Daniel Negreanu, and high roller specialists Justin Bonomo, Isaac Haxton, Sam Greenwood, and Ivan Luca.

Day 3 Action

Each of the Day 3 finalists was guaranteed a minimum cash of $248,720, and each of them was eyeing the title and the nearly $1.5 million first-place prize. Sam Greenwood started the day as the short stack and was actually the first to leave the final table.

He was followed by Isaac Haxton and start-of-the-day chip leader Ivan Luca. The two players collected $307,940 and $402,700, respectively, for running that deep into the event.

By the time there were only four players left, Kenney, seeking to win a second PCA Super High Roller title, had a massive chip advantage over the rest of the players left in contention. However, his reign did not last long as he left in third place for $686,960. Negreanu had been eliminated shortly before in fourth place, good for $521,140.

When Bonomo entered heads-up against Katz, he held a bigger chip stack. However, Katz did not seem discouraged from his chip disadvantage and made sure that chips would only go his way during the two-handed battle. And that was exactly what happened. Katz did not allow his final opponent any chance to extend his lead.

On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Bonomo shoved for his last 3.3 million with [Ac][Kh] and Katz called with [8d][8c]. The board was of no help to Bonomo as the [2s][9c][3s][Qs][Jh] appeared. The player thus had to content with the runner-up finish and the amount of $1,077,800.

Katz, on the other hand, boosted his bankroll with another seven-figure payout. The player now has more than $13.6 million in live tournament winnings, and it is important to note that most of these have come from various high roller tournaments. Katz, who is a businessman and plays poker only recreationally, has been a frequent participant in Aria’s high roller tournaments over the years. He has also cashed in quite a lot of them.

Winner Photo Credit: PokerStars Twitch Channel

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