2016 WSOP: Fedor Holz Triumphs at $111,111 High Roller For One Drop

Fedor Holz has been having quite the year so far, and on Sunday 10th July the German pro made his 13th final table of 2016, eventually taking down Event #67: $111,111 No Limit Hold’em High Roller for One Drop for a massive $4,981,775 pay-day. The 22-year-old has now earned $18,395,882 since his first live cash in 2012, with $14,517,350 of that amount coming in 2016 alone. Commenting on his incredible run, Holz said:
“I played a lot of online poker, so I think I understand the variance pretty well. I think I’m on a heater that will only happen once, to me at least, and I just am trying to appreciate it and enjoy my time while it lasts.”
The $111,111 buy-in tournament attracted 183 players to create a prize pool worth $19,316,565, and amongst the notable pros seeing a return on their money was Tony Bloom in 27th ($166,212), Jeff Gross in 18th ($187,576), Antonio Esfandiari in 13th ($256,537), Adrian Mateos in 11th ($310,550), and Scott Seiver in 9th ($384,425).
At the final table, Holz then eliminated Joe McKeehen (6th), Brian Green (5th), and Jack Salter (4th), before Dan Smith took care of Koray Aldemir in 3rd to usher in heads-up play for the title.
As the final battle commenced, Holz held a roughly 3-to-2 chip advantage over his last remaining opponent, and the deciding hand was eventually played with both Smith (As-9s) and Holz (8c-7c) going all-in preflop on a 10s-9c-2h flop. The dealer then delt a 6c and Ac on turn and river to consign Smith to a runner-up finish worth $3,078,974, while Fedor Holz collected a first career WSOP bracelet.
“The good thing is, when you win a bracelet you also win a lot of money,” explained Holz. “Those two come together. They both mean a lot, and you can’t say that one means more than the other. I play for both. It’s a challenge and it’s nice to be rewarded with more than just money.”
Final Table Results:
1: Fedor Holz $4,981,775
2: Dan Smith $3,078,974
3: Koray Aldemir $2,154,265
4: Jack Salter $1,536,666
5: Brian Green $1,117,923
6: Joseph Mckeehen $829,792
7: Nick Petrangelo $628,679
8: Niall Farrell $486,383

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