The 2018 PCA $100k Super High Roller has been won by businessman and recreational poker player Cary Katz who started the day as one of the short-stacks and went on to beat a stellar field for his first major win outside Las Vegas.
For a ‘recreational’ player Katz sure has an impressive poker resume, which now shows $13.7m in live tournament winnings. Granted a huge amount of that prize money has come from high roller tournaments although Katz has also made impressive six-figure wins in smaller buy-in tournaments, including two WSOP runner-up finishes, including beating nearly 1600 players in a $1,500 buy-in NL tourney last summer, losing only to Mohsin Charania heads-up.
The final table started with Argentina’s Ivan Luca leading followed by Justin Bonomo, Daniel Negreanu, Bryn Kenney, Ike Haxton, Katz, and Sam Greenwood.
Greenwood only lasted ten hands when he managed to run into Bryn Kenney’s , an unfortunate demise for the Canadian pro who took home $248,720 for his troubles. This was a great start for Kenney, however, who was playing his 5th PCA $100k final table in 7 years and was looking for his second win. Picking up momentum from busting Greenwood, Kenney would soon assume the chip lead and would be among the top two for much of the day.
The same couldn’t be said for Katz who, by hand 20, was sitting with less than 7 big blinds before finding a timely double up when his outlasted Justin Bonomo’s to put him up to 745k but still by far the shortest stack.
The next scalp went to Luca who shoved all-in from the small blind with . After a bit of tanking Ike Haxton made the call for his last 1.4m from the big blind with . The board blanked and Haxton left in 6th for a $307,940 payday
This pot sent Ivan Luca into the break as chip leader. Two hands later he was eliminated. On the first hand back after the break he lost a million chips bluffing on every street with on a board, only to be called down all the way by Bryn Kenney with . On the next hand a clearly rattled Luca made the mistake of going to war with Kenney once again, 4-betting all in for over 3m chips with from the cut-off and was called by Kenney in the small blind with . Luca received no help from the board and had to leave in 5th place, winning $402,700.
Above: Ivan Luca started the day as chip leader and took that lead into first break of the day. Just two hands after the restart, however, he was out in 5th place.
At this point Bryn Kenney appeared to have a stranglehold on the game with 8.26m chips with Justin Bonomo way behind in 2nd with 1.34m, Negreanu with 1.3m, and Katz with just 1.1m.
A few hands later and Negreanu was almost felted. He had managed to creep just ahead of Bonomo into second place when the pair got all their chips in the middle with Negreanu’s up against Bonomo’s . In a sick bad-beat, the hit the river in an otherwise harmless board and Negreanu was down to 195k, less than 2.5 big blinds.
Remarkably, in just three hands Negreanu was back up to second place with 2.64m chips. First he tripled up with against Kenney and Bonomo. Next hand he miraculously doubled up with against Kenney’s when the board fell . Negreanu’s astounding comeback was complete on the very next hand when he once again got it all in with against Kenney’s . A blank board propelled Negreanu to second spot.
As it turned out, however, Negreanu’s stunning comeback was for nothing as he eventually became the next player out after falling under 1m chips before taking another bad beat at the hands of Bonomo. Negreanu got it in good with against Bonomo’s but the flop of sealed D-Neg’s fate and he left in 4th to collect his $521,140 paycheck.
Despite taking a substantial chip lead into 3-handed play it was Bryn Kenney who was next to fall. With blinds up at 60k/120k with a 20k ante all the pots were potential game changers, and having lost a couple of +1m chip pots in quick succession Kenney decided to make a stand with his last 2.84m from the big blind with after Bonomo had jammed from the small with . A ten on the flop spelt the end for Bryn Kenney who finished 3rd for the 3rd time in this event, picking up $686,960 to add to the $3.5m he has won in the PCA $100k over the past few years.
Above: It was a disappointing finish for Bryn Kenney who at one point held a huge lead 4-handed and a substantial lead 3-handed but who eventually capitulated in 3rd place in this even for the third time in his career.
Heads-up play between Bonomo and Katz lasted just seven hands. Katz quickly extended his lead over the first few hands (heads-up started with Katz leading by 6.7m to 5.3m) before Bonomo made a stand with for his last 3.3m only for Katz to call with . The board bricked and Bonomo was eliminated in 2nd place for $1,254,400 whilst Katz celebrated victory with the title, trophy, and a $1,492,340 payday.
2018 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller Final Table Results