No Quit: Fedor Holz Un-Retires to Win EPT €50k SHR for €1.3m
Holz clearly is having trouble understanding the concept of retirement.
Over the past couple of days he not only entered the EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller but went on to win the event for €1.3 million ($1.47 million US).
Another $1.47 Million in the Bank
On Monday Holz continued his insane run in 2016 by taking down the €50,000 EPT Barcelona High Roller for $1.47 million.
The three-day event drew a strong field of 102 entries with some of the games top pro players making the final table.
This final table of 9 had six countries represented with many of the players household names. The only American in the field was Erik Seidel, and he started the final table as the short stack.
Germany was represented by Holz and Julian Stuer. Sam Greenwood, Timothy Adams and Daniel Dvoress were the Canadians at the final table.
Alexandros Kolonias represented Greece, Ahadpur Khangah played for Azerbaijan and former November Niner Sylvain Loosli played for France.
Seidel resurrected his career in high roller events but this time he would be the first one out, finishing in 9th. After Seidel's elimination most of the world was intently focused on whether Holz could win his fourth seven-figure score of 2016.
Ultimately, it was Holz and Sam Greenwood heads-up for the title. There's often a deal cut between heads-up players in these high roller events, but this time Holz decided to play for the title.
Heads-up play started with both players relatively even in chips. However, things changed quickly and Holz took a huge lead over Greenwood on hand 3 when he forced Greenwood to fold to a big bet on the river.
After being ground down to a 4-1 deficit, ultimately Greenwood was forced to shove with 5-6 suited and Holz made the easy call with A-K. A king on the flop proved enough to give Holz the title and the $1.47 million top prize.
$16.13 Million in Earnings for 2016
Monday's victory was Holz's fourth seven-figure score of 2016. He now has $16.13 million in earnings in 2016. Only Dan Colman has won more in a single year.
Holz's victory on Monday is also his seventh outright win in 2016. Over the summer Holz won four events in Las Vegas.
Three came in Aria High Roller Events with the other his first bracelet victory in the WSOP $111,111 One Drop High Roller. Holz also finished runner-up in the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl. Officially he won $3.5 million in that event but he and the eventual winner Rainer Kempe cut a deal heads-up.
For his career Holz now has $19.96 million in live tournament earnings. Of that total he's earned over $19.5 million in just the last 24 months. What makes his feat even more impressive is the fact that Holz has only been playing in live events since 2012.
While Holz claims to be "retired," it appears he doesn't intend to go anywhere anytime soon.