Cary Katz Closes British Poker Open with £2.1 Million Win

The British Poker Open has come to a close and given Cary Katz a £2.1 million pay day as well as the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl London title.

Cary Katz British Poker Open

Cary Katz was the biggest winner at the 2019 British Poker Open in London. (Image: 888poker Spain, CC BY 3.0/Wikimedia)

After two weeks of action inside Aspers Casino Stratford, the world’s elite will return to their respective nations.

Ahead of the final high stakes events, a number of Brits and Americans banked six and seven figure prizes.

Brits Perform Well but Americans Dominate

Flying the flag for the UK was Paul Newey. The businessman and poker enthusiast banked £156,400 after seeing off all-comers in the Event #3.

Although Newey and other hometown favourites such as Sam Grafton and Stephen Chidwick put in strong performances, it was an American who took charge.

Seizing momentum from the Greenwood brothers, Sam Soverel scored two wins. His first came in Event #5, a £25,000 No Limit Hold’em showdown, jus before he won the identically priced Event #8.

With those victories, he not only took his British Poker Open earnings beyond the £750,000 mark but topped the Player of the Series leaderboard.

That’s a position he’d maintain as Ben Tollerene and Cary Katz scored big money wins in the final two events.

First to stand atop of the winner’s rostrum was Tollerene. The high stakes online pro managed to get the run of the deck in the British Poker Open’s £100,000 high roller.

Squaring off against 11 of the world’s toughest players, Tollerene found help from jack-ten twice. After using it to send Germany’s Christoph Vogelsang home in fourth, he connected with the hand again against heads-up.

Coming from behind, Tollerene made an unbeatable straight to eliminate Katz and take home the £840,000 top prize.

Katz Becomes Super High Roller Bowl Champ

Despite losing in the final stages of Event #10, Katz returned with a vengeance in the Super High Roller Bowl London. A continuation of Poker Central’s popular US event, the £250,000 tournament attracted 12 entrants.

Motivated by his near miss the previous day, Katz seized the initiative early and never looked back.

By the time he’d sliced his way through the field, the British Poker Open title was all but his. After jabbing at Almedin Imsirovic, the American sealed the deal with Q♠3♠.

Catching a break on the flop, Katz was able to overtake the pocket tens of Imsirovic and clinch the victory.

With that, he banked a career-high win worth £2.1 million and brought the 2019 British Poker Open to a glittering conclusion.

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