PokerGO Founder Wins Big Event

Not only is Cary Katz the founder of PokerGO, but he has had plenty of success playing online poker throughout his career. Katz won the PokerGO Tour Series back in 2023, and he is now looking to accomplish that feat in back-to-back years. 

The PokerGO Cup is currently taking place, and Katz was able to win the fourth event, and now he is positioned for another big run throughout the rest of the series. This win came among a field of 81 entries, and the buy-in was $10,500 for the no-limit hold’em event. 

Katz has become a legend in the live poker scene, and he took home $226,800 with the win to move his career earnings to over $40 million. There have been just 14 other poker players to ever have achieved $40 million in career earnings, and Katz will be looking to continue moving up the leaderboard. 

This event took place at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Casino & Resort, and this is always a massive event every single year. The total prize pool was up over $810,000 and that was split among the top 12 finishers. 

Climbing the Standings

Winning a massive cash prize is one of the reasons that Katz enters these events, but he is looking to go the distance again this year. There is some pride in taking home the title when it is your own company, and Katz has already experienced that feeling once before. 

The win for Katz also earned him 480 Card Player, Player of the Year points, and that is something to keep an eye on. The PokerGO Tour has it’s own title that is handed out, and Katz was able to bring in 227 points in that category. 

He is now sitting in 8th place in the PGT standings, and he just wants to have enough points to qualify for the final event of the year. This was the first time that he was able to accumulate any points this year, but getting wins is more important than the quantity of events that are entered. 

Great Poker Action

The PokerGO Tour tends to bring out some of the top poker players in the world, and that was the case with this event as well. This was a two-day event, but the field had been shrunk to just six contenders by the time that the second day began. 

Stoyan Madanzhiev was the chip leader when the action began on the second day, and Katz was currently sitting in fourth place. Jesse Lonis was also pushing hard in this event, and has has already been at four final tables so far this year. 

When it came time for heads up play, that action lasted less than 45 minutes as Katz was ready to strike. Katz was able to put the pressure on Madanzhiev by taking a big chip lead, and it also caused his opponent to make some bad moves. 

Madanzhiev still took home more than $145,000 with a second place finish, but it wasn’t the position that he wanted to finish in. 


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