Fedor Holz wins the €50,000 buy-in Super High Roller at the European Poker Tour Barcelona, and Chris Moorman takes third in the €1,100 buy-in Estrellas Main Event.
“The thing is, this freedom of just saying no I don’t want to play for the next four months is important. I have not had that before.”
Those were the words of Fedor Holz speaking to CalvinAyre.com after the World Series of Poker (WSOP).
“People misinterpret quitting.” Said Holz, “I will still play Barcelona.”
The ‘Barcelona’ event Holz was referring to was the European Poker Tour (EPT), and it was a wise decision to pencil it into the vast spaces that have opened up on his Google Calendar since deciding to say ‘Nien’ with greater frequency because he is now €1.3m richer.
Holz has won the €50,000 Super High Roller title, and before people start spouting off about the reduced fields in these contests, he beat a 102-entry field chocked to the rafters with incredible poker players.
The victory means he has now earned over $19m playing live tournaments in the past two years. Incredibly, only eight other players have won more in the history of the game. It’s the most phenomenal rise in poker’s history, eclipsing the monumental achievements sustained by Dan Colman in recent times. Holz is only a million bucks away from overtaking the great Phil Hellmuth Jr.
Check this out for a roll call of victories
Dec 2015 – $100k WPT Alpha8 Vegas – $1.5m
Jan 2016 – $200k WPT Triton SHR Philippines – $3.4m
Jun 2016 – $50k Arai HR – $640k
Jun 2016 – $25k Aria HR – $400k
Jun 2016 – $25k Aria HR – $280k
Jul 2016 – $111,111k One Drop HR – $4.9m
Aug 2016 – €50k EPT Barcelona SHR – $1.4m
And this wasn’t a bad runner-up spot:
May 2016 – $300k Super High Roller Bowl – $3.5m
He has now earned $16.1m in 2016 alone. Only Dan Colman and Antonio Esfandiari has ever won more in a calendar year, and both of those won the $1m buy-in Big One for ONE DROP.
The final table lasted only five hours. The Frenchman, Sylvian Loosli, put up a stern defence of his title finishing in sixth place, and the timeless Erik Seidel made another final table finishing in ninth. Holz beat Sam Greenwood in heads-up action. Greenwood banked a million bucks for his runner-up finish, the first of his career.
Don’t hang up your deck of cards just yet, Fedor.
Final Table Results
1. Fedor Holz – €1,300,300
2. Sam Greenwood – €903,600
3. Timothy Adams – €597,500
4. Alexandros Kolonias – #467,700
5. Ahadpur Khangah – €377,100
6. Sylvain Loosli – €293,800
7. Daniel Dvoress – €232,600
8. Julian Stuer – €181,200
9. Erik Seidel – €137,130
Mohamed Samri Wins Record Breaking Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event; Chris Moorman Third
Mohamed Samri has won the €1,100 buy-in Estrellas Main Event in Barcelona after cutting a heads-up deal with the Dutchman Teunis Kooij once the mighty Chris Moorman had hit the rail.
The Frenchman topped a record EPT field of 3,447 players to take home the €353,220 first prize. Kooij made slightly more cash (€372,060) but lost the title and headlines once the pair shook hands on a deal.
It was the first significant cash of Samri’s career and the first for Kooij. Moorman was making his first serious deep run since joining 888Poker in June. The most prolific online MTT player in history will be disappointed not to bag the title but what a score it is to turn €1,100 into €241,300.
Final Table Results
1. Mohamed Samri – €353,220*
2. Teunis Kooij – €372,060*
3. Chris Moorman – €241,300
4. Nicholas Newport – €202,420
5. Marius Enebakk – €163,800
6. Jean-Marc Bellini – €125,450
7. Jerome Brion – €87,350
8. Lars Farsted – €62,300
*Indicates a Heads Up Deal