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Poker Hand Matchup: Sam Soverel vs. Cary Katz

Swords J 8 7 T 3

Sam Soverel

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 1,385,000

K Q

62.65 %

52.22 %

77.27 %

Winner!

Cary Katz

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 3,215,000

6 5

36.62 %

47.78 %

22.73 %

Posted On: Aug 18, 2021


Outcome

Preflop, with two players remaining and blinds of 30,000-60,000 and a big blind ante of 60,000, Sam Soverel raised to 150,000 from the button. Cary Katz called from the big blind. On the flop Katz checked, and Soverel checked behind. On the turn Katz bet 150,000, and Soverel called. On the river Katz bet 450,000. Soverel folded.

Analysis

Cary Katz came into day 2 of this event as the second-shortest stack among the final five competitors. Sam Soverel started off with the chip lead and knocked out each of the first three players to set up the heads-up showdown for the title and the seven-figure top prize. Katz proved willing to risk his entire stack on a bluff earlier on in his heads-up match, and in this hand he showed that having the lead wouldn’t deter him from similar tactics. Katz defended his big blind with 6-5 and picked up an open-ended straight draw on a jack-high flop. He checked and Soverel, who had raised preflop in position with K-Q, checked behind. The turn brought the 10Club Suit and Katz sprung into action, betting 150,000 into the pot of 360,000. Soverel called with his two overcards and an open-ended straight draw of his own. The 3Heart Suit completed the board, missing both players entirely. Katz was the first to act with his unimproved six-high. Having no showdown value to speak of, Katz unleashed another bet of 450,000 with the hopes of folding out Soverel’s unimproved draws and perhaps even weaker one-pair holdings from the flop. The bet of roughly two-thirds pot drew a fold from Soverel, who fell to 23 big blinds after the hand. Katz showed the bluff yet again. “Wow you’re the best,” said an agitated Soverel as Katz took a lead of roughly 3.5:1. Katz was ultimately able to convert that advantage into the title, earning $1,058,000 as the champion to bring his career tournament earnings to more than $32.4 million, which is good for 10th place on poker’s all-time money list. Soverel took home $644,000 as the runner-up finisher, and Negreanu picked up the Player of the Series title.

 
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