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The inaugural 2021 PokerGO Cup entered the history books on July 14, with the biggest buy-in event on the schedule, Event #8: $100K NLHE playing down to a winner. Cary Katz (cover image) topped the 23-player field and cut through the five-handed final table to emerge the champion and claim the $1.058 Million up-top.
Katz was the underdog at the start of the final table, where he started out with only 14 big blinds. He charted a dramatic comeback on the final table to meet the start-of-the-day chip leader Sam Soverel heads-up, and here too, he was the short stack.
The victory has brought Katz his eighth Million+ score of his career, pushing his live tournament winnings to $32.48 Million.
Talking about what the title meant to him, Katz said, “It means over a million dollars. I’m pretty excited about that score. I think it’s the first $100K of the year. I feel very fortunate because I came in second to last in chips. I doubled up the first hand and it was smooth sailing from there.”
Event #7 champion Daniel Negreanu placed fourth and went on in brutal fashion after his aces were cracked by Sam Soverel’s pocket eights that turned trips. A shocked Negreanu, who was confident of winning the pot, fell out of his chair! Negreanu later tweeted about the hand.
I know I won the $50k and I’m ecstatic to get that monkey off my back.
It didn’t take a lot of the sting out of losing AA to 88 in the $100k!
Min cashed 4th place for $230k when 3rd locks me up for the @PokerGO Cup.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 14, 2021
Nevertheless, Negreanu crossed Ali Imsirovic on the series leaderboard and closed the series as the 2021 PokerGO Cup Champion with 537 points.
Imsirovic, who collected 497 points at the series, continues to reign on the 2021 PokerGO Tour standings with 2,394 points, ahead of Sean Perry (1,553 points) and Sean Winter (1,303 points).
PokerGO congratulated Katz and Negreanu on their wins, sharing a video where both players were felicitated on the podium.
Bottoms up‼️ ?
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) July 14, 2021
You can watch the first hour of the Event #8 final table action below. To watch the complete FT replay, you will need to subscribe to PokerGO.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
The final table began on the money bubble, with five players in the field. After 20 minutes of play, Dan Smith exited empty-handed and fell out to a classic cooler with his pocket tens busting to Sam Soverel’s pocket jacks.
Daniel Negreanu’s bid for a second PokerGO Cup title came to an abrupt end in fourth place. The six-time bracelet winner was in good shape with pocket aces against Soverel`s pocket eights and kept the lead on the flop . However, the turn gave Soverel a set, forcing Negreanu to fall off his chair in disbelief. The river sealed his fate.
Soverel eliminated Sean Winter in third place to set up the heads-up match against Cary Katz.
Despite his significant lead starting out Sam Soverel was relegated to the rail in second place. After a grueling battle that lasted over 90 minutes, Katz took down the title with his holding up against Soverel’s on the runout .
Final Table Results (USD)
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