Cary Katz has won the inaugural running of the Super High Roller Bowl London. The £252,500 buy-in event attracted a tough field of 12 entries, and in the end, Katz emerged victorious with the title and the top prize of £2,100,000 ($2,541,000 USD).
This was the sixth seven-figure score of the 49-year-old American businessman and poker player’s career and his first for more than $2.5 million. The massive payday increased Katz’s lifetime live tournament earnings to $24.2 million, enough to see him climb into 18th place on poker’s all-time money list.
“This is my biggest score and I was just remarkably lucky. I got lucky on the hands that mattered after what seemed to just become a slow demise,” said Katz after overcoming a stacked final four that included the like of Stephen Chidwick, Christoph Vogelsang and Ali Imsirovic. “I’m not in their league and I would just like to take my hat off to Stevie, Christoph, and Ali. I think they all played so much better than I did and I think they were all more deserving. I just got very lucky.”
“I think Stevie really deserved to win, he played absolutely perfect but he just kept losing all the races. Vogelsang also played terrific, and Ali play unreal so I think I played by far the worst today but I just got the luckiest but I’ll take it,” Katz told Poker Central reporters.
The final day of this event began with seven players remaining. Several stars of the tournament scene hit the rail early on, including Sam Greenwood, David Peters and Mikita Badziakouski.
Stephen Chdiwick was among the largest stacks early on in four-handed play, but that all changed quickly after he lost a few key all-ins. Katz doubled through Chidwick with 66 against the AK of the British pro. Katz hit a set on the turn to leave Chidwick short. He lost another race not long after with AQ against the pocket tens of Imsirovic to fall to just a few big blinds. A few hands later he was eliminated in fourth place, falling just short of making the money in this ultra high-stakes event.
Vogelsang fared worse with his pocket sixes than Katz had. He got his last chips in with 66 up against the K7 of Katz, who promptly spike trips on a 772 flop. The 2 turn and Q river secure the pot for Katz, making Vogelsang the last player eliminated outside of the money.
Ali Imsirovic began heads-up play with 1,810,000 to Katz’ 1,190,000. The two exchanged the lead a few times before the decisive hand was dealt. katz limped in form the button with Q3 and called a 150,000 raise from Imsirovic, who had been dealt the 1010 in the big blind. The flop came down AK6 and Imsirovic made a small bet of 35,000. Katz called and the 10 on the turn gave Imsirvoic a set. He fired 250,000 and Katz called. The 5 completed Katz’s flush. Imsirovic shoved all-in with his set and Katz called, sending his opponent to the rail with £900,000 ($1,089,000 USD).
Katz earned 240 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. It was his third title and 20th final-table finish so far this year, and as a result, he moved into sixth place in the 2019 POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker. The 200 points Imsirovic earned as the runner-up saw him climb to ninth place, with three titles and 15 final tables under his belt.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
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