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Cary Katz Wins 2018 PCA $100K Super High Roller Event

 Cary Katz Wins 2018 PCA $100K Super High Roller Event

When we were kids, my brother and I were huge Milwaukee Brewers fans (and still are). Baseball’s all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, was never a member of the Brewers, but my brother loved him nonetheless because they shared the same first name (though my sibling’s name doesn’t have the “e”). As such, I predict the child version of my bro would have just become a gigantic fan of last night’s winner of the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 100,000 Super High Roller Event, Cary Katz.

Unfortunately for us, we are not related to the man, so there are no generous birthday gifts in our future. For his real relatives, though, they could be in for quite the boon after Katz’s nearly $ 1.5 million win.

One thing that is nuts about Katz’s victory is that he did not even play on Day 1 of the tournament. As players were allowed to register before the beginning of Day 2, he did just that, sacrificing the ability to build up chips on the first day. Of course, he could have busted out on Day 1, so there is a trade-off there. With just 48 entrants, though, opting to skip the first day is a sizable risk.

As such, Katz was one of the short stacks going into the seven-handed final table with 855,000 chips, one of just two players below the million chip mark. For comparison, the three players at the top of the standings – Ivan Luca, Justin Bonomo, and Daniel Negreanu – had 2.760 million, 2.695 million, and 2.415 million, respectively.

For quite a while, Katz made little to no headway, languishing at the bottom of the chip counts. Even after he doubled twice and two players busted out by Hand 45 of the final table, Katz was still the short stack with 1.210 million chips. Luca and Bryn Kenney, meanwhile, were up over 4 million.

Shockingly, Luca and Kenney locked horns two hands later, with both ending up all-in. Kenney’s A-K bested Luca’s A-J and suddenly the chip lead from nearly the entire day was out in fifth place and Kenney had 8.260 million chips.

Katz was up and down for a while after that, mostly remaining the short stack, but he got aggressive leading up to Hand 121, frequently shoving and forcing folds. After Kenney lost a solid pot to Bonomo, there was virtually a three-way tie at about 4 million chips.

A few hands later, Katz forced Kenney out of a big hand and when Bonomo knocked out Kenney shortly thereafter, it was somehow Katz in the lead going into heads-up, 6.695 million to 5.305 million. And it didn’t take long for Katz to clinch it. He extended his lead four hands into heads-up when his quads beat Bonomo’s full house (it was impressive that Bonomo wasn’t eliminated right there).

Three hands later, Bonomo shoved for 3.3 million with A-K and Katz called with 8-8. Bonomo wasn’t able to pair either of his cards, capping Cary Katz’s amazing run to the Super High Roller title.

2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 100K Super High Roller – Final Table Results

1. Cary Katz – $ 1,492,340
2. Justin Bonomo – $ 1,077,800
3. Bryn Kenney – $ 686,960
4. Daniel Negreanu – $ 521,140
5. Ivan Luca – $ 402,700
6. Ike Haxton – $ 307,940
7. Sam Greenwood – $ 248,720

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PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo: Bryn Kenney Wins 100K Euro Super High Roller as Main Event Opens Action

 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo: Bryn Kenney Wins 100K Euro Super High Roller as Main Event Opens Action

Riding the strength of his start of day chip lead, Bryn Kenney continued to be the “Master of the High Rollers” as he captured the 100,000 Euro Super High Roller at the PokerStars Championships Monte Carlo on Saturday. As Kenney added over 1.7 million more Euros to his bankroll for 2017, the 5000 Euro Main Event opened its action.

With nine men in the mix and only eight paying spots, someone was leaving the Super High Roller tournament disappointed. That man would turn out to be Isaac Haxton, who got a bit short and shoved with Big Chick from the small blind. The big blind, David Peters, woke up with pocket Jacks and made the call, looking to eliminate a dangerous player from the event. There was a Queen as the dealer fanned the flop, but there was also a Jack to keep Peters in the lead with a flopped set. After the turn failed to bring anything useful for Haxton, he was out of the tournament in ninth place for the big goose egg (zero Euros).

Everyone left at the table was guaranteed a 237,950 Euro payday and those men set about determining just who would get what piece of it. Viacheslav Buldygin, who came into the final table with the second largest chip stack, went on a rampage at this point in knocking out Sam Greenwood in eighth and Martin Kabrhel in seventh to take the lead from Kenney. Kenney, for his part, had been quiet up to this point, but made himself known in chopping a massive chunk of chips from Buldygin after rivering two pair, Kings up, against Buldygin’s pocket Aces.

Now it was Kenney’s turn to pound the opposition and he did just that. Kenney bumped off Steffen Sontheimer in sixth place and shot down Ole Schemion in fifth to extend his lead. After he eliminated Peters from the tournament in fourth place with his Queens standing over Peters’ A-7, he had taken three straight opponents down and held a monstrous lead. Even after Buldygin matched his feat in eliminating three players by taking out Daniel Dvoress, Buldygin still was at a 5-1 chip disadvantage as heads up play began.

The twosome would shuffle some chips back and forth between each other before they paused the action to discuss a deal. The right numbers couldn’t be agreed on by the two gentlemen and, with that, they decided to play on. On the final hand, the aggressive Kenney – he had been punishing his short-stacked tablemates with all-in moves to force them to make decisions for their tournament lives all afternoon – once again moved all in with pocket deuces and, with a suited K-Q, Buldygin made his stand. That stand lasted all of the flop when a deuce landed to give Kenney a set. When the turn blanked, Buldygin was drawing dead and the championship was Kenney’s to celebrate.

1. Bryn Kenney, 1,784,500 Euros
2. Viacheslav Buldygin, 1,290,800
3. Daniel Dvoress, 832,800
4. David Peters, 630,600
5. Ole Schemion, 487,715
6. Steffen Sontheimer, 380,700
7. Martin Kabrhel, 303,350
8. Sam Greenwood, 237,950

The PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event also saw Day 1A action on Saturday with some of the same players from the Super High Roller jumping over to take part in the action. Ole Schemion used part of the proceeds from the Super High Roller to buy into the Main Event and he did quite well, finishing the day with 144,900 in chips to sit in seventh place. Haxton also made the jump, not finishing quite as well on the day as Schemion but in the game with 65,700 in chips.

The story of the day was Jeffrey Hakim, who seemed to draw the chips in like a vacuum. In a five-way pot, Hakim would flop the ten-high nut straight but have to face down the potential of an opponent catching a bigger straight or a flush with his suited J-9. Once the board came up blanks, Hakim stacked roughly 180K in chips but the best was yet to come. During the last level of the night, Hakim flopped quad fours and found a guppy who wanted to stick around. Hakim would check-raise the flop only to have said guppy four-bet the action, which Hakim was happy to call. On a blank turn, the guppy shoved his stack with a draw and Hakim called to deliver the bad news. The resulting chips pushed Hakim over the 300K mark, the only player to reach that point.

1. Jeffrey Hakim, 305,300
2. Stefan Shillhabel, 203,000
3. Manig Loeser, 195,700
4. Michel Pereira Marques, 168,900
5. Pascal Hartmann, 151,200
6. Igor Yaroshevskyy, 147,500
7. Ole Schemion, 144,900
8. Dmytro Shuvanov, 140,000
9. Bradley Marsh, 130,000
10. Vicente Delgado, 130,000

Although these players will be back on Monday to continue the festivities, a plethora of top pros won’t. Anthony Spinella, Freddy Deeb and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst and Jake Cody all found the rail during Saturday’s action. While Day 1B is on Sunday at noon, the tournament is a freezeout and the players cannot rebuy.

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2016 Aussie Millions: Tony Dunst Seizes Lead in Main Event, Ben Tollerene Holds Lead in $100K Challenge with Final Table Suspended

 2016 Aussie Millions: Tony Dunst Seizes Lead in Main Event, Ben Tollerene Holds Lead in $100K Challenge with Final Table Suspended

After a flurry of activity on Day 3 in Melbourne, Australia, Tony ‘Bond_18’ Dunst is at the helm of the Aussie Millions Main Event. As Dunst holds a sizeable lead in one of poker’s unofficial “majors,” Ben Tollerene will have a couple of days to ponder his position as the chip leader of the $ 100,000 Challenge, which reached its final table on Thursday and will be suspended until Saturday.

Aussie Millions Main Event

150 players stepped back to the tables “Down Under” on Thursday, looking to pop the money bubble at 80 players left and send some people home with the first cashes from the $ 7.32 million (Australian) prize pool. Jean-Pascal Savard used a late night surge to sit atop the leaderboard with his 455,200 in chips, but Dunst himself was also the beneficiary of a little late night “magic” on Day 2. On Wednesday, Dunst had taken down both Julius Colman and Richard Ashby when his pocket Kings stood strong over Ashby’s pocket Queens and Colman’s pocket Jacks; the 229,700 in chips Dunst picked up in the hand put him in prime condition in the middle of the pack to be a strong threat during Thursday’s play.

Dunst was rather quiet in the early going, but he would surge to the lead five hours into the day’s play when he clashed with Savard. After an early position raise, Savard three bet the action and Dunst, in the big blind, pushed out a four bet of 55K. That was enough to get the original raiser out of the way, but Savard called to see a 5 Q♠ 7 flop and all hell broke loose. Dunst would lead out from the big blind for 48K and, after Savard moved all in, called immediately.

Once the cards were on their backs, the hand played itself. Dunst’s pocket Queens had found top set on the flop, but Savard’s A 4 had flopped a nut flush draw. An Ace paired up Savard on the turn, but that wasn’t what he was looking for. Down to any diamond other than the Queen, Savard instead saw the 2♠ complete the board, shipping a 327K chip pot and the chip lead to Dunst.

Along the way, some prominent names came up short of the money. Manig Loeser, defending World Series of Poker Asia/Pacific champion Scott Davies, former World Champion Martin Jacobson, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Ami Barer, Erik Seidel and Fabian Quoss all were long gone by the time that Mark Bevan’s Big Slick fell to Artur Koren’s pocket Kings, sending Bevan to the rail in 81st position ($ 0) and guaranteeing the remaining 80 players a minimum $ 15,000 payday. Liv Boeree, former World Champion Joe Hachem and his brother Tony, Max Silver and Savard all were recipients of the early money from the Aussie Millions prize pool.

Dunst was in the mix on the top of the leaderboard when another massive hand solidified his position. After a raise from Philipp Gruissem, Pascal Hartmann decided to make a stand with an all-in. Dunst, this time in the small blind, simply called and Gruissem, sensing weakness, moved all in over Dunst. Dunst made the call and faced a challenge against his opposition:

Hartmann:  9♣ 9
Gruissem:  Q♠ Q♣
Dunst:  A J♠

When the A♣ K♣ 8♣ flop came, Dunst was in a tenuous lead as Gruissem picked up a flush draw and Hartmann was still alive with his set potential. A seven on the turn was black, but it was a spade and not a club. Once another eight came on the river, Dunst had survived the sweat for his second double knockout of the tournament and retaken the lead, which he would not relinquish for the remainder of the evening:

1. Tony Dunst, 1.627 million
2. James Obst, 1.196 million
3. Samantha Abernathy, 1.195 million
4. Alexander Lynskey, 1.073 million
5. Artur Koren, 1.009 million
6. Ari Engel, 834,000
7. Bobby Zhang, 809,000
8. Kitty Kuo, 783,000
9. Martin Rowe, 729,000
10. Dylan Honeyman, 726,000

The final 40 players will return for Day 4 on Friday at 12:30 local time (8:30PM Eastern Time Friday evening), where the field will be whittled down to the final table. Everyone coming back on Sunday will earn at least $ 25,000, but the eyes of all are on the $ 1.6 million that will go to the champion of the Aussie Millions.

Aussie Millions $ 100,000 Challenge

Of the 37 players who came into the $ 100,000 Challenge, only 18 came back on Friday’s Day 2 for action. By the end of the day, Ben Tollerene emerged as the man to beat, the only one who was sitting over a million chips as the final table took a break until Saturday.

The 41-entry field generated a bit more than a $ 4 million prize pool but, due to the lack of players actually stepping to the event, only the final table – six players – will actually receive any of the largesse from the tournament. Thus, the battles were frequent through the day on Thursday, with names such as Igor Kurganov (in for a whopping FIVE buy-ins), Steve O’Dwyer, Erik Seidel and Pratyush Buddiga falling to the wayside as the day rolled along. Former World Champion Martin Jacobson was looking as if he would be a shoo-in for the final table, but he would run into Fedor Holz to devastate his stack; he would depart before the final nine were determined.

The plan had been to stop at that point, but they played it on down to the money. David Peters was the next to go and former $ 100K champion David Steicke hit the rail in eighth to bring the field to the money bubble. No one wanted to be the one to leave with nothing – especially so close to the final table – but eventually Jason Koon ran Big Slick in Connor Drinan’s pocket Aces to close the evening’s action.

1. Ben Tollerene, 1.522 million
2. Connor Drinan, 943,000
3. Jason Mercier, 508,000
4. Fabian Quoss, 478,000
5. Sam Greenwood, 458,000
6. Fedor Holz, 192,000

The $ 100,000 Challenge appears to be Tollerene’s to lose with his big chip lead. If Drinan is able to get ahold of some more chips, however, he could present a threat. There is also some danger lurking with Mercier should he get a double.

The champion of the $ 100,000 will be determined on Saturday (taking Friday off), as the Aussie Millions Main Event final table takes a day off for preparation. Everyone is already guaranteed the minimum payday of $ 281,260, but the $ 1,446,480 for first place would be a much needed shot in the bankroll for any poker player.

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