Cary Katz secured his first PokerGO Tour series title in 2023, cashing in five of eight events to capture last year’s PokerGO Cup. Now, thanks to a win in event no. 4 of the 2024 PokerGO Cup, he is well positioned for a run at back-to-back series championships.

The 53-year-old businessman and poker player defeated a field of 81 entries in the $10,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event for his latest tournament victory, earning $226,800 for the win. The PokerGO founder surpassed $40 million in career tournament earnings with this win, becoming just the 15th player in poker history to top that milestone. He now sits in 15th place on the game’s all-time money list as a result.

In addition to the trophy and the money, Katz also locked up 480 Card Player Player of the Year points and 227 PGT points for coming out on top in this event. This was Katz’s first qualified score of 2024, but it was enough to move him within striking distance of the top 100 in the POY rankings presented by Global Poker. He also climbed to eighth place in the season-long PGT standings, while moving into third place in the race for this year’s PokerGO Cup.

Stoyan Madanzhiev

The strong turnout at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas resulted in an $810,000 prize pool, with the top 12 finishers making the money. Just six contenders moved on to the second and final day, with 2020 World Series of Poker Online main event champion Stoyan Madanzhiev leading the way and Katz in fourth chip position.

Madanzhiev added to his lead thanks to an early cooler, with his pocket aces holding against the pocket queens of two-time bracelet winner Jesse Lonis (6th – $40,500). This was already the fourth final-table finish of the year for Lonis, with more than $543,000 in to-date POY earnings piled up along the way. As a result, he now sits in fourth place in the POY rankings.

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