Tuesday January 9, 2018 at 7:29 am
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Businessman Cary Katz shipped the first major high roller event of the new calendar year. Katz faded a field of 48 entries to win the 2018 PCA $100K Super High Roller. Katz earned nearly $1.5 million for first place. Runner-up Justin Bonomo earned $1M. Daniel Negreanu cashed in fourth place for a $521K score.

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Ship it to Katz! Cary Katz won the 2018 PCA Super High Roller. The $100K SHR had a prize pool of $4.7M and Katz won $1.49M for first place. Yeah, he was just a shy under $1.5M. Katz outlasted a stacked final table to win the first event of the 2018 PCA docket. Katz defeated Justin Bonomo heads-up for the victory. Bonomo also cashed for seven figures in this top-heavy SHR affair.

A total of 36 players took a shot with 12 additional re-entries. Comedian/actor Kevin Hart was in the mix once again. The funny money went deep and made the final two tables before busting on Day 2. Hart missed the money by several spots.

Erik Seidel bubbled the event when he was knocked out in eighth place. Day 2 ended with Ivan Luca in the lead. Luca's magic didn't continue of the final day. Luca coughed up the lead and eventually hit the bricks in fifth place.

Sam Greenwood is no stranger to high ball events. Greenwood min-cashed in this one for $248K when he became the first player to exit the final table in seventh place.

Ike Haxton was the next player out. The American pro busted in sixth place. Daniel Negreanu took fourth for $521K. He started the year on a positive note. But knowing how pricey the Bahamas can be, Negreanu might still be in the hole!

Bryn Kenney had a mountain of chips at one point and seemed like the big favorite to win. Alas, the poker gods had a different script in mind. Kenney went out in third place, which set up a heads-up bout between Cary Katz and Justin Bonomo.

Katz, CEO and founder of the College Loan Corporation, is no stranger to high-stakes action. Katz had over $12M in tournament winnings heading into the Bahamas. Katz's biggest cash to date was at the final table of the One Drop in Monte Carlo back in 2016. The buy-in for that high-flying affair was €1M. Katz final tabled the One Drop, but settled on a fifth-place finish. Katz banked €1,750,000 or $1.9M.

Katz held the lead when heads-up began. Their match only lasted seven hands. Bonomo could not launch a successful counterattack and he busted in second place. The final hand was a classic flip... Big Slick versus pocket ochos. Bonomo walked away with $1M as a consolation prize. Not too shabby, eh? Even the runner-up earned seven figures.

2018 PCA - Super High Roller

Buy-in: $100,000

Players: 36 (with 12 re-entries)

Prize Pool: $4,737,600

Payouts: 7

 

Final Table Results:

1. Cary Katz (USA) $1,492,340

2. Justin Bonomo (USA) $1,077,800

3. Bryn Kenney (USA) $686,960

4. Daniel Negreanu (Canada) $521,140

5. Ivan Luca (Argentina) $402,700

6. Ike Haxton (USA) $307,940

7. Sam Greenwood (Canada) $248,720

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