Cary Katz is an American businessman and high stakes poker player who founded PokerGO, a streaming service that offers coverage of various high roller tournaments and World Series of Poker (WSOP) events. Katz, who almost exclusively plays high rollers, has won an incredible $34.5 million in live tournament earnings to put him eighth on the all-time money list.
Originally from Georgia, Katz earned his first tournament cash in 2004 at Festa al Lago II in Las Vegas, where he finished 24th in United States the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship for $10,381. Five years later, Katz won nearly quadruple that when he finished in 159th place in the 2009 WSOP Main Event for $40,288, a deep run for the Georgia businessman.
WSOP and WSOPE Results
While he has yet to earn a WSOP bracelet or Circuit ring, Katz has done quite well for himself at the World Series with 49 cashes worth $5.2 million.
In 2014, Katz finished eighth in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop for $1.3 million. Two years later during the WSOP's 2016 Monte Carlo One Drop Extravaganza, Katz finished fifth in the €1 million buy-in event for €1.6 million, his biggest WSOP score to date.
More recently, Catz finished fifth in €250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'emat 2019 WSOP Europe for €538,722.
Katz has also had success at the World Poker Tour (WPT), including taking down the 2019 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $124,200. On the same tour, Katz finished runner-up in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller for $228,000.
Those were not Katz first victories at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. In 2017, he finished third in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $25,000 High Roller for $136,000.
Other Poker Achievements
Katz has also had success in other high rollers, including a first-place finish in the No-Limit Hold'em Super High Roller at the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure to earn $1.5 million.
Katz biggest score came during the 2019 Super High Roller Bowl in London, where took down the £250,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for his biggest career score of $2.6 million.
As of late, Katz can mainly be found playing inside the PokerGO Studio. In February 2022, Katz took down the $10,000 opening event at the Aria High Roller Series for $137,340, while he finished second in a $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event the next month at the US Poker Open for $269,500.
Cary Katz' Top Five Cashes
|DATE||BUY-IN||TOURNAMENT||PLACE||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|September 2019||€250,000||Super High Roller Bowl London NLH||1st||$2,610,317|
|August 2019||€250,000||Triton Poker Super High Roller Series London Short Deck Ante Only||4th||$2,085,096|
|October 2016||€888,889||Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza Big One||5th||$1,929,203|
|July 2018||€1,000,000||Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Short Deck Ante Only||2nd||$1,773,722|
|January 2018||$99,700||PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller||1st||$1,492,340|