After coming close to the glory in the Event #10, Cary Katz finally bagged the ultimate prize in the London Series. Luck played a massive part in Katz’s triumphant in the action that Ali Imsirovic did the donkey work of eliminating high-profile participants.
The curtain came down for the seventh edition of the London’s Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) on Friday. The venue was still the magnificent Aspers Casino in the British capital. A total of twelve runners turned for the £250000 buy-in SHRB event, whose price pool value was worth £3 million.
The Poker Central founder edged out Bosnian’s Ali Imsirovic to bag £2100000, and his opponent claimed £900000. The feat is the first SHRB ever in the London Circuit. Besides, the prize becomes the highest ever that Katz has clinched in his poker career. Despite suffering heartbreaking eliminations in the earlier events of the series, Katz can arguably be described as the “last man laughing.”
Katz took his victory with total humbleness and admitted that he indeed had worthy opponents. While speaking to the Poker Central, Katz couldn’t hide his joy as he acknowledged that the price remains his “biggest score.” He also emphasized that he was “remarkably lucky” to win the prestigious event. Katz observed that he was inferior when it comes to the league of “Stevie (Chidwick), Christoph (Vogelsang), and Ali.”
Michael Addamo, Timothy Adams, Mathias Eibinger, and Bryn Kennedy were the first players to exit the poker table, leaving other eight participants. At that time, the eventual winner, Katz was holding the chip lead. The next to bow out of the battle was the four-times World Poker Tour champion Darren Elias. German’s Christoph Vogelsang took the credit of bundling out both Adams and the feared Elias.
With the elimination of the duo, the German took the chip lead in the process overtaking even Katz and the other six players. It was almost impossible to spot the favorite among the survivors. Poker Masters Ali Imsirovic must have brought the joy to other gamers after showing both Sam Greenwood and David Peters the door with the same precarious hand.
Imsirovic wasn’t yet done with his onslaught. Belarussian Mikita Badziakouski, who conquered in the ninth event of the British Poker Open was the next victim of Imsirovic’ machinations. Imsirovic’s pocket kings held well against Badziakouski’s ace-jack to grant the Serbian the lead in the process.
The four-handed action saw Vogelsang assume the lead alongside the homeboy Stephen Chidwick. Katz, who was in the periphery of leaving the poker table got vital doubles against Vogelsang to stay on top of the race. Chidwick didn’t only lose the top position to the American but also bowed out of the race for the visitors.
Vogelsang was on the radar of the player who had already done enough havoc for many participants earlier in the day. Vogelsang’s effort to shove his pocket sixes wasn’t enough to match Imsirovic who dropped sevens to hold king-seven.
Even though Imsirovic settled at the pole position after edging the German out, Katz quickly assumed the chip lead. The battle shifted from side to side and was set to be decided by a cooler. Meanwhile, Imsirovic was busy plotting how he could reclaim his lead when he returned a set containing pocket tens. It wasn’t long before Katz utilized his queen-three of a spade to end the contest.
The American aka ‘El Jefe’ isn’t new to High Roller Successes, he had won fourteen more but this will remain the highest cash he has received in a single victory. Sam Soverel, who’s the only participant to win more than one event in the series ranked first in the leaderboard, and Chidwick came a distant second. Katz finished third in the general ranking and earned further another £411600.