High-Roller Lifetime Live Tournament Winnings of over $34 Million
Every poker player will have his own area of expertise which can define their career. Fedor Holz’s area of expertise is the ability to thrive in those high-pressure situations when there is a huge amount of money on the line. While other’s might shrink or become nervous in these moments, Holz steps up and is at his very best. One look at his career will tell you that Holz could be considered the king of High Roller Events.
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Fedor Holz at the World Series of Poker
The two largest cash wins in the career of the German poker pro have come at the World Series of Poker. The largest cash win came in 2018 when he played in the $1 Million No-Limit Hold'em Big One for One Drop. 27 players paid the $1 million entry fee and Holz would finish second, pocketing $6 million for his efforts. On this occasion, Justin Bonomo pipped him for the $10 million first prize.
Two years earlier, Holz played the same event, although this time the buy-in was for $111,111. Due to the smaller buy-in, this event attracted a field of 183 players. Fedor Holz saw off all of the 182 other players and took home the first prize of $4,981,775. More importantly, perhaps, this win also saw Holz win his first ever World Series of Poker Bracelet.
In 2020, Holz won his second bracelet. The series was held online in 2020 due to the pandemic and Holz won the $25,000 heads up no-limit Hold’em event. Holz saw off seven other opponents in his run to the bracelet. They were Luc Greenwood, Anton Morgenstern, Robert Flink, George Wolff, Justin Bonomo, Sergi Reixach and Bruno Botteon.
His best ever run at the Main Event came in 2015 when he finished 25th, pocketing a check for $262,574.
Other Tournament Success for Fedor Holz
In total, Holz has made eight cashes of a million dollars or more in his career.
The largest win outside of the WSOP came at the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl where he finished 2nd in a field of 49 players. The large $300,000 entry meant huge cashes, with 2nd place earning him $3.5 million. In January that year Holz won the $200,000 entry World Poker Tour Event in the Philippines; picking up $3,463,500 and beating a final table that included Phil Ivey.
His other million dollar plus successes came on the World Poker Tour, the European Poker Tour, and the Triton Super High Roller Series.
Online Success for Fedor Holz
While Holz has had an incredible career playing live tournaments, his online game is equally as strong. Playing as the alias ‘CrownUpGuy’, he won the World Championship of Online Poker for $1.3 million in 2014. He was also named as the best online MTT player by Pocketfives in both 2014 and 2015.
Playing Style and Learning Philosophy
One of the major reasons for Holz’s success came because he surrounded himself with other players. These players would always be either at a similar level to Holz or perhaps slightly better. This saw him learn the game much quicker than he would otherwise. In turn this enabled him to move up that poker ladder fast.
It could be said that his key skill is hand reading and having a good feel for when to fold, when to bluff and when he is good in a hand. He also has a great deal of control over his emotions. You won’t find Holz getting overly down on himself, or equally too high. He stays in control at the tables, treating every hand like it is the most important one in the tournament. This control enables him to stay focused during those big moments, when big money is on the line.
Bio: About Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz was born in 1993 in Saarbrucken, Germany, which is located very close to the French border. In 2013 he made the move to Austria. Outside of poker, Holz likes to travel and particularly enjoys mountain hiking. In 2016, Holz was involved in the start up of the app ‘Primed Mind’.
In recent times, Holz has become popular on YouTube and Twitch, where he shares both poker strategy tips as well as motivation advice. Recently, Holz has become an ambassador for game changing poker site GGPoker.
Holz: ‘I am proud to be a GGPoker Ambassador. They put the customer first, they have great software, and I like their approach towards the poker economy as a whole."
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