Fedor Holz Wins the Largest Buy-In Event in WPT History For $3.4m

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German ace Fedor Holz has won back-to-back World Poker Tour High Roller titles, and over $5m in cash, after following up his Alpha8 win with victory in the WPT Triton Super High Roller Cali Cup.

Fedor Holz Wins the Largest Buy-In Event in WPT History For $3.4m

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In October, I competed in the €750 buy-in World Poker Tour (WPT) National Brussels.

“Who’s that guy?” asked one of the dealers, “He looks so cute.”

It was Fedor Holz.

He was sniffing around the €1,100 buy-in High Roller.

Just before Christmas, Holz took part in the $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha8 event in Las Vegas. He won it for $1.5m defeating 45 entrants and some of the world’s greatest players. It was the largest score in poker in 2015.

It didn’t end there.

22-year old ‘cute’ Holz opened his Christmas presents, ate some Turkey, and jumped on a jet plane heading for the Philippines. There, he entered the $200,000 buy-in WPT Triton Super High Roller Cali Cup. It was the largest buy-in in WPT history. It created a prize pool of more than $10m.

Holz outlasted 52 entrants, and a final table including Phil Ivey and former ‘Americas Most Wanted’ Paul Phua. He won $3.4m for his troubles; that’s $5m in the past fortnight.

The young man bounces from low to high stakes in the online world also. In 2014, he won the $5,200 buy-in World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event for $1.3m. In 2015, he won the $27 buy-in No-Limit Draw title at the Spring Championships of Online Poker (SCOOP) for $7k.

What a legend.

Phil Ivey was leading the event at the end of Day 1. The 2015 online cash game biggest loser (-$2.4m) couldn’t keep his bum in the driver’s seat. He finished fifth.

Holz competed with David Peters in heads-up action holding a 2:1 chip lead. The match up would last four hands. The pair getting it in with Holz holding pocket sevens against the ace-queen of clubs of Peters. The sevens held. Peters will be delighted with his $2,309,000 consolation prize. His 2015 live tournament haul of $2.9m was his best by some significant distance. 2016 promises to be even better. Like Holz, Peters also ended the year in fine fettle winning the $25,000 Aria High Roller XXI for close to half a million dollars.

WPT Triton Super High Roller Cali Cup Final Table Results

1st. Fedor Holz – $3,463,500

2nd. David Peters – $2,309,000

3rd. Devan Tang – $1,405,500

4th. Steve O’Dwyer – $953,700

5th. Phil Ivey – $656,500

6th. Daniel Colman – $502,000

7th. Paul Phua – $401,600

8th. Mike McDonald – $351,320


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