Summer of Fedor Rolls On w/ $4.9m One Drop Win, 1st WSOP Bracelet
Speaking of One Drop, Guy Laliberté announced on Sunday that the One Drop is moving to Monaco and will feature a "recreationals only" event with a €1,000,000 buy-in.
Holz Chops Aria $50k; Wins WSOP One Drop High Roller
Fedor Holz has been enjoying one of the most successful runs in poker history.
Having already finished second in the Super High Roller Bowl earlier this summer for $3.5m, he also has three Aria $25k High Roller victories since.
Now Holz has added another Aria High Roller score to his total and his first WSOP gold bracelet win.
First, Holz chopped a $50,000 Aria High Roller event last Thursday for $407,310. The prize pool was chopped three-handed with Isaac Haxton and Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe.
Kempe was the official winner of the event, earning $531,245. This was Holz's fifth Aria High Roller final table of the summer.
About the only thing that Holz hadn't done this summer was take down a WSOP bracelet, but that was soon to change in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller.
Holz came into the final day of the One Drop High Roller on Sunday sixth in chips and by the time the final table was reached, he was third.
It became evident early at the final table that Dan Smith and Holz would battle for the bracelet as the pair had the majority of the chips and neither was making monumental mistakes with their stacks.
Eventually, it was Smith and Holz heads-up for the title and the pair began a spirited battle that saw the two exchange the chip lead.
Ultimately, Holz caught a key double to go up two to one against Smith. In the final hand, Holz flopped a straight draw and turned a nut straight to eliminate Smith and win his first career bracelet.
There were 183 players in the One Drop High Roller, the largest high roller field in WSOP history. The event awarded what will be the third largest first place prize of 2016.
Holz won the event for his first bracelet and $4.98 million. His victory gives him $10.35 million for the summer and $14.65 million in 2016 alone. Only Dan Colman has won more in a single year.
After his victory, Holz told reporters that he might start reducing his playing time at the table.
Due to his success this summer, Holz had a much larger piece of himself in this event and his victory has given him enough money where he would like to try "other things" besides poker.
One Drop Moves Overseas, Becomes Rec-Only €1,000,000 Event
As the WSOP Main Event was barrelling through Day 1B on Sunday, Guy Laliberté and the WSOP announced a new charity initiative for One Drop.
Later this year One Drop will hold the Monte Carlo One Drop Extravaganza at the famed Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco.
The series will run from October 13-17, 2016 and will feature a series of high roller tournaments and cash games. The highlight of the series will be the €1,000,000 "Invitation Only" Big One for One Drop.
In addition to being "Invitation Only," the event will also be for "Recreational Players Only." This means no pro players will be allowed in the field.
According to Laliberté, many of the high-stake whales that would normally play in the Big One skipped the 2014 edition due to the number of pro players in the field.
Some chose to back pro players other than attend. Laliberté believes this new format will bring those players back. In addition the event will feature unlimited re-entry for all of Day 1.
Out of every buy-in, €111,111 will be donated directly to One Drop, a charity that provides clean drinking water to deserving areas of the world.
Complete details on the side events will be forthcoming and more information on the series can be found at www.onedropextravaganza.com.