Cary Katz is off to a flying start in 2023. He defeated the GO Poker Cup player award of the series thanks, cashing five of the eight events comprising that series for a total of $655,800 in earnings. Katz backed up that strong performance with a title run in the inaugural final event PGT extension Mixed games Festival. The 52-year-old businessman, poker player and founder of PokerGO exited atop a field of 52 entries in the $5,300 buy-in lowball event with two to seven single draws, earning $83,200 for the win.
This latest win also saw Katz secure 240 Card player Player of the Year Points. With five POY extension-final table qualifiers, one title and $712,000 year-to-date POY extension earnings, Katz now sits in 33rd place in 2023 POY extension race classification presented by Global Poker.
This latest win also helped solidify his hold on the top spot into 2023 PGT extension points race, giving him an 89-point lead over runners-up Anthony Hu in that league table.
“After bluffing my chips in the $25,000 tournament (10-game championship event) I went home to do some work,” Katz said Tour of PokerGO journalists. “I sat at my computer and didn’t feel like working, so I decided to come and play this.”
Katz now has more than $36.3 million in recorded tournament earnings following this win, enough to place him 12th on poker’s all-time money list.
Katz weathered a tough final table, outlasting the likes of recent ones PGT extension Mixed games dealer pick champion Scott Abrams (8th), three times Poker World Tour champion Chino Rheem (7th), three-time bracelet winner and WPT champion Nick Schulman (5th), two-time bracelet winner and Card player contributor Steve Zolotow (4th) and 2022 WSOP Hard Rock Circuit Tulsa main event winner Arthur Morris (3rd).
German poker pro Johannes Becker, who finished second in 2017 WSOP The $50,000 Poker Players Championship event also finished as runners-up in this tournament. Becker earned $54,600 for what was his fourth win of the series.
Here’s a look at the prizes and leaderboard points awarded in this event:
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