Ike Haxton Takes Down PokerGO Cup Finale for $598,000 but Cary Katz Crowned 2023 Champion

January 22, 2023
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Andrew Burnett

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Ike Haxton finished off the 2023 PokerGO Cup in style, bagging the $50k final event #8 for a monster $598,000 scoop, with runner-up Cary Katz rewarded for his consistency with top spot in the overall leaderboard race.

Haxton and Katz were joined by 24 other entries to the $50k closer, with only 4 spots paid and hopes of a late run to the post for Daniel Negreanu scuppered when he ran into Anthony Hu’s pocket kings.
Hu, winner of event 5, was himself eliminated before the paid spots, as were Freddy Deeb and bubble-boy, Brian Kim, the latter falling to Katz...

Kim: K♣ 10♦
Katz: A♠ A♣

Board: J♣ 9♦ 7♠ 2♠ 3♦

The final table on day 2 saw Haxton, Katz, Colpoys and Winter all chasing the win, Winter looking to bookend his series opening win with a grand finale.

Colpoys was looking to go one better than his finish of the previous day, runner-up to Punnat Punsri in event 7, while Katz was Mr Consistency with 5 cashes whereas Haxton hadn’t previously troubled the scorers.

It took a couple of hours of play for the first casualty to emerge, Colpoys’ pocket nines a big favourite against Haxton suited small ace until another ace appeared on the flop – 4th place and $130,000 as consolation.

The overall leaderboard race was still up in the air, both Katz and Winter in the mix, but that ended in the former’s favour in this 3-way hand...

Katz was PokerGO Cup champion, but could he add a tournament title to his resume? He had a big chip deficit to overcome and it proved too much, Haxton saving his best run for last and scooping the $598,000 top prize...


Final results

1

Ike Haxton

$598,000

2

Cary Katz

$364,000

3

Sean Winter

$208,000

4

Daniel Colpoys

$130,000


2023 PokerGO Cup Leaderboard (final positions)

Place

Player

Wins

Cashes

Prizemoney

Points

1

Cary Katz

05

$655,800

460

2

Anthony Hu

13

$454,200

454

3

Alex Foxen

12

$470,040

393

4

Isaac Haxton

01

$598,000

359

5

Sean Winter

12

$424,000

341

6

Punnat Punsri

12

$459,400

335

7

Aram Zobian

12

$291,500

292

8

Ed Sebesta

12

$258,000

258

9

Orpen Kisacikoglu

02

$399,460

212

10

Erik Seidel

02

$223,200

223

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