German poker pro Fedor Holz has finally achieved the one major accomplishment that had been missing from his repertoire – a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet.
Earlier this week, Holz won the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop in Las Vegas and in doing so also won his first gold bracelet.
He took home $4,981,775 beating a field with 183 players, which made it his biggest win yet. Holz has been on a winning streak in high roller events this year. This year alone he has cashed over $9 million in various non-WSOP tournaments.
He claimed the first place in the $200,000 Triton Super High Roller winning $3.4 million, was the runner-up in the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl winning $3.5 million, and got four wins in ARIA High Roller series taking around $1.7 million.
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In total, he has had 13 final table finishes which not only makes him the player with the highest number of final tables this year, but also the one with the most titles and prize money won in 2016 so far. Career winnings for Holz now stand at $18,395,882 placing him ninth on the all-time money list.
Holz who has not yet turned 23 is now considered to be among the best no-limit hold'em tournament players in the world. With this latest title, which is his fifth this year, Holz will join the elite ranks of poker pros who cashed in $10 million in a single year. So far there have been only six players who have done so.
In a statement Holz said,
Normally, I'm good with words, but this time, I don't really know what to say. I just feel so overwhelmed. I just feel in heaven right now.
Holz entered the final table with six other players, playing heads up in the end against American pro Dan Smith. Smith who was initially in the lead with a huge chip balance but Holz took a decisive lead in the last few hands. Smith won $3,078,974 for finishing in second place. He had earlier been placed third in the $25,000 pot-limit Omaha high roller.
For Holz this run of good luck is a once-in- a-lifetime occurrence that is to be enjoyed and appreciated. He has already expressed a wish to cut down his WSOP schedule in the coming years, saying that the seven weeks of continuous play was mentally draining.