Cary Katz Claims Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge Title

One of the hottest high rollers on the annual calendar of poker events wrapped up on Saturday at Crown Casino Melbourne, crowning Poker Central founder Cary Katz as its champion

Cary Katz, a businessman and a seasoned high roller player, collected A$1,481,760 (approximately $1,066,867) in prize money and recorded another major poker title to his name after topping the elite field of the 2019 Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge.

The tournament kicked off on Friday, February 1, and took place over two days at the host casino. It drew 42 entries, including some of the world’s best and most popular high roller experts, Katz being one of them. The field of the A$100,000 Challenge created a prize pool of A$4,116,000, and as it is usually with high rollers, there were payouts for a limited number of players.

The hefty prize pool of the A$100,000 Challenge was split into cashes for the top six finishers. Each of the final six players was guaranteed a minimum payout of A$288,120.

Katz may have ended up with the title and the top prize, but his ride to the top was not a particularly smooth one. Earlier into action, the US player confronted the eventual runner-up, Germany’s Johannes Becker, in a clash that could have cost him his participation in the tournament.

Katz limp-shoved pocket king against Becker’s pocket aces and hoped for a miracle. The board ran out a savior king and Katz doubled to gain confidence and eventually navigate through the field to claim the title.

The Final Six

Canadian poker pro Kristen Bicknell was the first player to leave the A$100,000 Challenge with a payout. Bicknell collected A$288,120 for finishing 6th. UK’s Jack Salter was the next to go. His fifth-place finish secured him with a payout of A$329,280.

German poker star Reiner Kempe took 4th place in the tournament, good for A$452,760. Abraham Passat from the UK was the next to bust. He took A$617,400 for his third-place finish. With that, Becker and Katz were the only two players left at the final table of the Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge.

Becker held a considerable chip lead at the start of Day 2 of the tournament, but it was Katz who led at the beginning of the heads-up duel. The eventual champion quickly extended the gap and eliminated his final opponent shortly after the final break of the night. Becker collected A$946,680 for his efforts and his deep run in the prestigious tournament.

As for Katz, he claimed his fifth seven-figure payout from a poker tournament and the ANTON championship ring. Including Saturday’s cash, the player now has more than $18 million in live tournament earnings.

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