Fedor Holz is one of today’s top poker players. With earnings approaching 30 million dollars, I thought a mini bio would be an inspiration for many people looking at the world of poker and everything you can get out of it. Born July 25, 1993, his mother was a teen mom and he grew up with a distant father and two younger sisters. Since his mother had to quit school because of him and raise not only him but two daughters as well, he sees this period as a time of lots of challenges. In his family expectations were extremely high but he couldn’t meet many of those expectations and often lost interest in many things. Being a smaller guy, he was often bullied. He thinks that showing interest in some things and being excited could have an impact on those around him but not necessarily a positive one. He felt his enthusiasm could spark a backlash around those who might not have been as interested in things as he was. As a result, he lost interest in things and just went along with the flow, passionless but just going.
He went to college for computer science but again he wasn’t interested in it. He was playing poker since he was 16 but at college he. He continued playing poker with friends who were making 2000 Euros a month. It was enough at the time to afford trips and etc. He was interested in something at that point. He wasn’t successful in the beginning. He stuck with it and set strict goals that are hard to achieve and would stick to them everyday. During this period, he changed his mentality from results driven to overall goal related. One of the key reasons he loves poker is that everything is really on the individual. Any mistake as well as any victory is all about the individual.
After 2016, his first major year when he won or made $16,000,000, he found himself at a crossroad. Though being one of the world’s top poker players was his goal. He found the most important thing was the process of getting there and not necesarily the end result. How he reached the overall goal was more important than the overall goal itself. The interest in poker was more important than the cash itself. At this point he started a business Primed Mind and he briefly retired from poker.
During his retirement from poker he started Primed Mind. Primed Mind was launched with Holz’ poker coach Elliot Roe. It takes the same principles used to help Holz achieve his poker goals. These same principles can be used to achieve anything else in life according to Holz and his coach. It’s an app available at Google Play. Users listen to a mindset coach named Elliot. The goal is to allow visualization, and relaxation techniques to set goals. The ultimate agenda is create self confidence, better health, personal growth and recovery skills. He along with Nathan Schmitt and Duane Ludwig are the three key people at Primed Mind along with Elliot Roe, the mindset coach. It’s an interesting concept and has led to dramatic results for Holz. This is also a way to give back and help others who want to achieve their goals. He has won tens of millions of dollars at live poker events as well as online.
PokerStars is where Holz has played poker the most online. His nickname is Crownupguy and his results there are impressive as well. He was Pocketfives top player for the years 2015 and 2016. More recently, Holz has signed on with Party Poker. The online poker juggernaut to become one of their representatives. This means major money, lots of great compensation in the forms of being able to play top games and salary. It is hoped this move will attract more players to the site. He will wear the Party Poker logo at live tournaments and help design a high roller series to offered at Party Poker.
Holz’ top ten cashes, though they probably don’t mean too much to him since they are in the past. Everyone is salivating over the numbers. So here’s a look at his top cashes. It’s arranged with tournament date, name, buyin, Holz finish and cash result.
Jul 10, 2016 $111,111 No-Limit Hold’em for One Drop 2016 World Series of Poker $111,111 1 $4,981,775
Jun 01, 2016 $300,000 No-Limit Hold’em Seven Max 2016 Super High Roller Bowl $300,000 2 $3,500,000
Jan 04, 2016 $200,000 No-Limit Hold’em 2016 WPT National – Philippines $196,000 1 $3,463,500
Oct 20, 2017 HKD 1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series $128,150 2 $2,131,740
Dec 20, 2015 $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em 2015 Five Diamond Classic (WPT) $100,000 1 $1,589,219
Aug 22, 2016 €50,000 No-Limit Hold’em EPT Season XIII / Estrellas – Barcelona $55,253 1 $1,471,485
Apr 03, 2017 HKD$400,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shot Clock 2017 PokerStars Championship Macau $51,473 2 $877,392
Jun 04, 2016 $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em 2016 Super High Roller 9 $50,000 1 $637,392
Sep 15, 2017 $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em 2017 Poker Masters $50,000 2 $550,000
Sep 20, 2017 $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em 2017 Poker Masters $100,000 3 $504,000
Jul 17, 2017 HKD 250,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series $32,022 1 $451,386
The One Drop $111,111 drew its largest field to date. 183 players put up $111,111 for a total prize pool of $19,316,565. Fedor Holz, the 22 year old poker phenom, took it down. He cashed to the tune of $4,981,775 and gold bracelet. This marks Holz’s third seven figure score in 2016 alone! Last year was the first year he was even eligible to play in the event!
Holz started the final day in sixth position in chips. He out maneuvered every one around to seize the title. It started with ace high flush against Joe McKeehen’s king high flush. Mckeehen was sent home in sixth place. Holz then won two all-in hands from Brian Green knocking him out to fifth place and Jack Salter to fourth.
Poker pro Dan Smith was working hard knocking out Koray Aldemir to 3rd place. This set up the heads match between Smith and Holz. Thought they battled it out, Holz managed to get a decisive lead. The final hand saw Holz holding eight and seven of clubs against Smith’s ace and nine of spades. The flop brought 10 spades, nine of clubs and two of hearts. The turn brought a six of clubs and river brought the ace of clubs giving Holz the flush win.
With an event of this much money, the high rollers were here in abundance. Antonio Esfandiari, Joe McKeehen, Andrea Mateos, and Kyle Julius were among those in the money.
The top finishers were: Fedor Holz $4,981,775 Dan Smith $3,078,974 Koray Aldemir $2,154,265 Brian Green $1,117,923 Joe McKeehen $829,792 Nick Petrangelo $628,679 Niall Farrell $486,383 Scott Seiver $384,425
Fedor Holz wins Event #67: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop NLH for $4,981,775. It follows up with an interview.
WSOP.COM Online No Limit Holdem Tournament Won by Clayton Maguire
A poker pro from Vegas, Clayton Maguire, has won the WSOP.COM Online No Limit Holdem Event at the 2016 WSOP. The tournament is played both online and at the Rio Hotel. The first stage is online. The final table is composed of the top six players online. All players had to be in Nevada for the final table to enter. For the win, Maguire takes home $210,279.
The top finishers in the event were: Clayton Maguire $210,279 Simeon Naydenov $150,569 Marc Carpentier-Perrault $110,172 Spencer Taylor $82,926 Richard Tuhrim $59,233 Park-Yu $46,201 Pot Limit Omaha High Low Split Won by Kyle Bowker at the 2016 WSOP
Professional poker player, Kyle Bowker, has won the $3000 Pot Limit Omaha High Low Split at the 2016 WSOP. He collects a gold bracelet and $294,960. He’s been grinding at the WSOP for 10 years but this is his first gold bracelet. He’s previously had 35 WSOP cashes, and 1 final table. With this win, his total WSOP earnings are $1,396,963.
The tournament had 473 entries for a total prize pool of $1,291,290. The top 71 finishers were in the money. Pot Limit Omaha High Low Split is primarily an online poker game rarely played except at larger poker tournament that attract a wide variety of players.
The top finishers were: Kyle Bowker $294,960 Kate Hoag $182,281 Jarred Graham $124,360 Richard Ashby $86,422 Christopher Ruby $61,196 Noah Bronstein $44,171 Daniel Lowe $32,510 Scott Clements $24,409 Paul Taylor $18,702
Notable players who cashed in the event include Jameson Painter, Andrey Zaichenko, and Marco Johnson.
Poker Commentator and Poker Pro Tony Dunst Wins $1000 No Limit Holdem Event at the 2016 WSOP
World Poker Tour TV series commentator, Tony Dunst, has won the $1000 No Limit Holdem event at the 2016. For the win, Dunst collects $339,254 and his first gold bracelet. This marks his 25th WSOP cash and 2nd final table. His total WSOP earnings are $718,268.
His work has contributed to the growth of poker as he comments in his business suit and tie. And true to form, rather than t shirt or hoodie and sunglasses, he played in a suit and tie. Though at the end of the tournament, the tie was a little loose and top button to his shirt undone. Also, all his work on the WPT, and poker writings contributed somewhat to his win.
The final day, Dunst started in fourth position. He worked his way up to the heads up match between him and Jason Rivkin. Dunst started with a 2:1 chip lead and continued to plow ahead. Rivkin went all-in with unsuited king and ten against Dunst’s unsuited queen and eight. The board showed queen, eight, seven, nine and ten, giving Dunst the two pair victory.
For his runner up position, Rivkin takes home $209,596. The tournament had 2,452 entries and total prize pool of $2,206,800.
The top finishers in the event were: Tony Dunst $339,254 Jason Rivkin $209,586 Joshua Field $153,015 Francisco Araujo $112,724 Matas Cimbolas $83,804 Sergio Cabrera $62,889 Levon Torosyn $47,622 Raffaele Castro $36,406 David Sciacqua $28,097
Ladies No Limit Holdem Event at 2016 WSOP Won by Courtney Kennedy
Courtney Kennedy, a poker dealer from Detroit, has won the Ladies No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. For the win, she collects $149,108. Experience is a great teacher and she credits dealing lots of hands as giving lots of priceless experience.
She basically steamrolled the table. By the time the final table came around , she held most of the chips with 3.6 million out of 4.1 million. The heads up match didn’t last too long. Between Kennedy and Mandy Baker, the match was brief. Baker called with unsuited king, eight and was rolled over by the Kennedy’s ace king. Kennedy won with the king pair.
The tournament had 819 entries and total prize pool of $745,200. Like many of the tournaments at this year’s WSOP, there was an increase of players.
The top finishers in the event were: Courtney Kennedy $149,108 Amanda Baker $92,121 Michelle Deng $64,401 Natalia Breviglieri $45,683 Amanda Musumeci $32,889 Shelly Johnson-Ochoa $24,037 Wendy Freeman $17,837 Nicole Schwartz $13,443 Yaxi Zhu $10,292
Notable poker player, Vanessa Selbst, finished in 23rd place. One man played in the tournament, he lost a bet and had to pay ten times the entry fee.