2016 WSOP: Fedor Holz Triumphs at $111,111 High Roller For One DropJuly 11, 2016 12:01 pm
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