O’Dwyer and Katz cash big at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

Poker pros Steve O’Dwyer and Cary Katz have both started 2018 off on the right foot by posting big wins at the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

O’Dwyer won the first tournament on the PCA schedule, outlasting the rest of the 46-player field in the $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller tournament. For the win, he cashed $769,500. This is the second time he has won a big-money tournament at the PCA as he also finished first in the $100,000 Super High Roller in 2015 to pocket $1.8 million.

O’Dwyer began this year’s final table third in chips but was able to move up after eliminating poker legend Erik Seidel. Even with the addition of Seidel’s chips, when O’Dwyer reached heads-up play against opponent Byron Kaverman he still trailed with Kaverman holding a near 3-to-2 chip lead. O’Dwyer quickly erased that lead by winning five straight hands early on in heads-up play.

On the final hand of the tournament, Kaverman moved all-in pre-flop with Qc-9c and O’Dwyer made the call with Jh-10s. The flop was all O’Dwyer would need when a jack appeared and the rest of the board – Js-4h-2d-5h-Kd – provided no help for Kaverman. For the second-place finish, Kaverman received $531,860.

Katz cashes seven figures in Super High Roller

A few days before O’Dwyer’s big win, Cary Katz took down the $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller tournament. Katz was the last man standing from a field of 48 players to cash $1,492,340.

The final table in the big-money event boasted some impressive names, including Daniel Negreanu, Bryn Kenney and Justin Bonomo. Negreanu ended up finishing fourth for $521,140, while Kenney, who had the chip lead for much of the final day, finished third for $686,960 after a bad run decimated his chip stack.

It came down to Katz and Bonomo heads-up for the tournament title. Katz had a slight chip lead when the two sat down for what turned out to be a short heads-up section lasting only seven hands.

On the final hand of the tournament, Katz was all-in with pocket eights against Bonomo’s Ac-Kh. The board did not provide Bonomo any help – 9h-3s-2s-Qs-Jh – giving Katz the victory. For second place, Bonomo still earned six figures with a $1,077,800 payout.