What a battle it has been but finally a winner has been crowned after a 10-hour final table that resulted in a win by Cary Katz who took home the first prize worth £2.1 million and with that the largest score of his career.
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About his win and battling all day with Stephen Chidwick, Ali Imsirovic, and Christoph Vogelsang, Katz said, “For the first five hours, it felt like I was in a straight jacket. I was sitting between Vogelsang and Chidwick, I wasn’t picking up any hands and I wasn’t playing particularly well either.”
“I’m just lucky I had a lot of chips to start the day. 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 said with a smile.
This result brings Katz’s live tournament earnings up to $24.3 million and leapfrogs him over Phil Hellmuth and Scott Seiver on the all-time money list into 18th place.
“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. 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.”
Recapping The Final Table
The final table started with seven hopefuls for the top prize lead by Christoph Vogelsang but it was Ali Imsirovic who drew first blood. In the early goings of the final table, Imsirovic scored a double knock-out in the following hand that sent Sam Greenwood and David Peters to the rail empty-handed.
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Next to go was Mikita Badziakouski, who limp-shoved ace-jack into Imsirovic’s kings in a blind battle. The board ran dry for Badziakouski as Imsirovic took a serious chip lead over the remaining four players.
As play got four-handed, the big pots continued as well as the tremendous plays, but no bust-outs were to be seen for a whopping six and a half hours. During four-handed play, the chip lead shifted back and forth between the players who laid it all on the line. One hand, in particular, had the fans and commentators shook as Chidwick pulled off a massive bluff on Christoph Vogelsang.
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At one point, Cary Katz was down to just a few big blinds but he battled back hard and after a few favorable showdowns he found himself back in the hunt. First Katz doubled through Imsirovic with nines against ace-deuce before seeing ace-eight hold up against Vogelsang’s queen-nine suited.
Katz then doubled up twice more, first with ace-king versus Vogelsang’s king-jack and then into the chip lead versus Chidwick with sixes against ace-king. On the very next hand, Chidwick doubled up Imsirovic with ace-queen to tens and was left on fumes.
After Chidwick busted in fourth place, Christoph Vogelsang was next to go on the massive money bubble. Vogelsang was all in with sixes and up against Imsirovic who made a full house after it was all said and done. Katz and Imsirovic were now guaranteed £900,000 with a £2.1 million first prize left to be played for.
Katz made strong hands during heads-up play as the chip lead bounced back and forth leading up to the final hand. On the final hand, Katz made a winning flush on the river versus Imsirovic’s turned set as all the money went into the middle on the river. Katz and Imsirovic shook hands just prior to the former sliding the one-of-a-kind Super High Roller Bowl London ring onto this finger.
In closing, Katz said, “I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve had the resources to play against the best players in the world and able to copy what they do and ad bits and pieces of my own game, which at this point is a tricky passive type game. I can’t be more aggressive than them and I can’t be more GTO than them so I’m going to have to play a different game.”
“I’m fortunate to be up playing poker and I’m looking to build a better tour. I think we’re going to do much better next year with the British Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl London and I think we’ll get a much better turnout. We have some very exciting things on the agenda and I just feel very lucky to be a part of it.”