Holz Wins Most Expensive WPT Event in History
The first major tournament of 2016 has finished up, as the World Poker Tour event in the Philippines ended last week on a surprising note. The Triton Super High Roller Series Cali Cup was the most expensive buy-in event in WPT history and was won by the relatively unknown German player, Fedor Holz. The victor walked away from Manila with $3.46 million in prize money in his pocket.
The young German wunderkind recently caught the poker world’s attention with his success at the World Poker Tour Alpha 8 event in Las Vegas last month, where he impressively collected $1.5 million at the Bellagio hotel. He has followed this with his even more spectacular win last week at the Solaire Resort and Casino, Manila, starting the new year off with his now combined career winnings of over $7 million.
The 22-year old Holz was up against stiff competition in the High Roller event in the Philippines, which came with the highest buy-in amount in WPT history – a huge $200,000. The prestigious event had 52 entrants, many of whom were in the world top poker rankings. The final table consisted of world famous poker names like Phil Ivey, Dan Colman and Steve O’Dwyer but Holz was not fazed. He overcame Daniel Colman, then pushed out Phil Ivey (10 time WSOP bracelet holder) who was in the lead but was forced to cash-out in fifth place (earning himself $656, 500). O’Dwyer was then knocked out in fourth place, with the Irishman followed swiftly by Devan Tang and Daniel Peters. Holz was able to collect the title and the biggest live poker cash prize of 2016 so far.
Holz has picked up $5 million in a fortnight, no mean feat for any poker player but an especially surprising one for such a relative newcomer. He achieved his best live performance to date with his Las Vegas success in December 2015, grinding his way through four and half hours and 106 hands of play to emerge as winner, outlasting a field of 45 entries. His previous wins have mainly been through online poker platforms – he won the $5,200 buy-in World Championships of Online Poker Main Event for $1.3m in 2014 which got him noticed by the poker community.
Holz is next expected to be seen at the upcoming PokerStars Caribbean Adventures and Aussie Millions poker events coming up later this year. Thanks to his early success, the young German is now a frontrunner for player of the year and for the accolade of 2016’s top prize money earner.
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