Fedor Holz Wins Triton Poker's High Roller for $445kJuly 18, 2017 12:49 pm
The 2017 Triton Poker’s HK$250,000 High Roller took place at the coastal town of Budva in Montenegro, with 41 players entering the tournament on Sunday to create a prize pool of HK$ 9,643,200 ($1,235,582). The following day, it was German pro Fedor Holz who would eventually triumph over the field, including China’s Hao Su, to claim yet another title, as well as a first place prize worth HK$3,472,200 ($444,893).
At the end of Day 1 a total of 25 players then advanced to a last day of play, and around five hours later the final table of seven was set. Amongst the notable pros finishing short of a money spot, however, was such pros as Manig Loeser, Cheok Ieng Cheong, Sam Trickett, and Benjamin Wu.
Fedor Holz subsequently entered the final table as the chip leader, and eliminated Richard Yong (6th), and Predrag Lekovic (3rd) on his way to a heads-up encounter against Su Hao for the title.
During their intense final battle, Holz was reduced to a short-stack at one stage before managing a much-needed double up, after which he never looked back. In the deciding hand, Hao then moved his remaining 7bbs all-in preflop holding 6-5, only to be called by Holz with pocket eights. The Chinese player would get no help from the board, though, and so had to settle for a runner-up finish worth $284,192, accounting for almost all of his $320,156 in live earnings. Commenting upon his final opponent, Holz said:
“Hao played pretty well. Someone told me that he has not played much but I thought that he played very well and it took quite a long time to finish him off. I was positively surprised.”
Holz is currently ranked 6th on poker’s ‘All Time Money List’ with $23,354,887 in winnings, placing him just $501,147 behind Phil Ivey in 5th place. Ivey’s last tournament cash came in January of 2016, though, with the pro largely absent from the circuit as he continues to concentrate on high-stakes cash games in Asia.
Final Table Results (US$):
1: Fedor Holz (Ger) $444,893
2: Su Hao (Chn) $284,192
3: Predrag Lekovic (Mont) $179,160
4: Alan Sass (USA) $123,537
5: Gabe Patgorski (USA) $86,501
6: Richard Yong (Mal) $67,920
7: Xuan Tan (Chn) $49,466