German Poker Pro Fedor Holz has won over $10 million in 2016 alone and in doing so became just the 6th player in poker history to win more than $10 million in a calendar year. The 23 year old poker player also won his first WSOP bracelet after winning the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop at the 2016 World Series of Poker and went on to stated that he was planning to take a break from playing poker as he was physically and mentally drained.
Holz appears to have had a change of heart after he confirmed that he would be participating at the Celebrity Cash Kings poker festival which takes place at the the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The tournament is expected to start on Aug 14 and end on Aug 17 and will feature a number of exciting poker events. The King’s Casino has Europe’s biggest poker room and is known for hosting some of the biggest poker tournaments in Europe.
Since the casino is situated close to the German border, it usually attracts a number of German poker pros and this could be one of the reasons why Holz choose to play this poker tournament. There will be a number of high stake cash games and cash game running tables taking place at the Celebrity Cash Kings festival and one of the events is expected to be streamed online.
Many of the top poker pros on the circuit along with Holz have confirmed their participation. Some of them include Tobias Reinkemeier, Jan Peter Jachtmann, Jesper Hougaard, Roberto Romanello, Dan Cates and Rob Yong.
In a statement, Leon Tsoukernik, CEO of King’s Casino said “This year’s line-up has a great feel with so many people returning plus others coming to Rozvadov for the very first time. The famous King hospitality is ready. We welcome all the players but it is particularly nice to see Fedor come back to his roots and a place where it all started for him — we are all very proud how he has risen so fast.”
Fedor Holz has had more success than most poker players during the last couple of years as he has won a number of seven figure events including the recently concluded 2016 WSOP $111,111 No Limit Hold’em High Roller for One Drop where he took home $ 4,981,775, his biggest payout till date. The win also gave him his first WSOP bracelet.
The German poker pro who will turn 23 on July 25 has now won more than $10 million in 2016 and now belongs to an elite list of six poker players who have won more than $10 million in a single calendar year. Some of Holz’s impressive showings in June and July of 2016 include first place finishes at the Aria High Roller tournament in Las Vegas winning the $24,000 + 1,000 No Limit Hold’em event 32 for $393,120 in June and the $24,000 + 1,000 No Limit Hold’em event 34 in July for $276,012.
Holz is having a spectacular run in his poker career and attributes a lot of his success to the work he has done over the years with mental coaches who have helped him become more confident, understand himself better and build a better self-image. Holz has worked with hypnosis coach Elliot Roe and with mental coach and friend Thomas Quaade during the last few years and he believes that this mental preparation has given him an edge of other poker players which has been very evident through his consistent performances during high pressure games.
Holz who played as many events as possible at the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) admitted to be completely
exhausted and also stated that even though he has done incredibly well playing poker and earned millions, he does not plan to play poker full time anymore nor will he play another full WSOP.
In a statement, Holz said “The WSOP has been very interesting, with lots of different emotions. I’ve won a lot of money, and I’ve lost a lot of money. I feel like it’s going to be my last, 100 percent, from the beginning to end, World Series of Poker.”
Poker players have had a full schedule events to take part in with the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) taking place at the Rio in Las Vegas. A few weeks after the WSOP Main Event completes, they can look forward to yet another exciting poker festival as the Borgata Poker Open is scheduled to take place at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.
The tournament will take place between September 6-23 and will feature a number of exciting events which have large sized guarantees. The highlight of the event will be the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship which is scheduled between September 18-23. The buy-in for this event is fixed at $3,500 and a guaranteed prize pool of around $3 million is expected by tournament organizers.
The regulated BorgataPoker.com online poker website in New Jersey is running a number of online qualifiers for this poker festival with extremely low buy-ins to enable players who want to take part in the Borgata Poker Open to qualify. During the Borgata Poker Open, the PokerNews Cup will be launched for the very first time and will take place on Sep 20 and 21 at the Borgata Casino.
In a statement, Matthew Parvis, editor in chief for PokerNews said “For years we’ve dreamed of bringing the PokerNews Cup to the U.S, and to finally be able to see that dream come true is very exciting for all of us at PokerNews. We are thrilled to be affiliated with a property that includes a rich history of live poker events, in addition to a growing presence in the online gaming community.”
BorgataPoker.com is also hosting a number of satellite events with low buy-ins to enable poker players to qualify for the inaugural edition of the PokerNews Cup.
German Poker Pro Fedor Holz has witnessed a number of 7 figure cash-outs during his short poker career but had never won a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. The poker pro will turn 23 shortly, decided to enter as many $1,000 WSOP events as possible this year in an attempt to win his first WSOP bracelet and have a strong run.
Holz soon found out that the grind at the WSOP does take its toll on body and mind, even if you are in your early 20s. The poker pro stated last week that during the next edition of the WSOP he will not enter as many events as he did this year and will be selective with what events he plays.
Holz has had a great start to 2016 and accumulated more than $9 million in prize money this year and needed just $1 million to hold the record of being the 6th player in the history of the game to win more than $10 million in a year. The German poker pro went on to create history in style by winning the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop event after beating runner-up Dan Smith. Holz managed to beat a total of 183 players to win $4,981,775 and also his first WSOP bracelet. In doing so, he became the 6th player in the game to have won more than $10 million in a year.
He was extremely excited at creating history and winning his first WSOP bracelet but stuck to his earlier opinion that he needs to slow down at the next WSOP. In a statement, Holz said “I know I’m just on a heater that will probably just happen once to me. I just try to appreciate it and enjoy my time while it lasts. I think now it’s time to take a break and re-orientate”
The Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City in London recently announced that it had partnered with 888poker, the world’s second largest poker site earlier this year who will promote its brand throughout its poker room. The casino is one of the largest and most popular casinos in London offering ring games around the clock and regularly hosting exciting poker tournaments such as the first-ever Cash Game Festival.
In a statement, John Scanlon, the Head of Poker at Aspers Casino said “It’s a 12-month partnership we’ve agreed to cross promote live poker with online poker. Because of how strong 888 are in the UK market it made sense to do the partnership with them. There are a lot of synergies between Aspers and our mind set in how we see poker developing in the future.”
The branding partnership has resulted in numerous 888Live Local events with attractive guarantees being held at the casino. The 888 Summer Special is the next one on schedule which will take place at the Aspers casino between July 7 and 10. The tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of £100,000 with a buy-in of £500. This 888Live Local event has two opening days – July 7 and July 8, where players will begin with 30,000 chips.
Around 24 players have already qualified via online satellites on the poker site and many are expected to join at the venue directly according to a 888poker spokesperson. Although online satellites have wrapped up, poker players looking for an affordable way to enter the game have the opportunity to do so through a few £40 qualifiers that are being held at the casino premises as a lead up to the event.
For players on a budget, the tournament is holding the one-day 888 Summer Special Saturday Side Event with a buy-in of just £110. It allows up to two re-entries including the late registration period.
The Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) was launched in 2013 by parent company Penn National Gaming with the objective of promoting its Hollywood Casinos across the country. The company roped in 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker to serve as a brand ambassador and the partnership worked quite well.
The HPO grew in popularity with every passing year and as a marketing strategy turned out to be a good decision as the event which was held four times each year across the country drew hundreds of poker players. However at the recently concluded Hollywood Poker Open Season 4 Championship Event which was held at the M Resort Spa casino, Penn Gaming confirmed that it had decided to shutdown the HPO for good.
Each of the four HPO events averaged around 650 poker players who paid $2,500 for the buy-in which generated a yearly prize pool of around $1.5 million. Bill Bruce, the Hollywood Poker Open Director and his team invested a lot of time and effort to turn the HPO into a success. The original plan was to run the HPO as a marketing promotion for just two years but the success and the popularity of the tournament caused the Penn Gaming to extend the promo for an additional two years.
In a statement, Bruce said “Four years for a promotion is kind of a long run, but it did so well. It was originally intended to be two years and we ran it for four. There were really good numbers in the regionals across the country, and we did some fun things. But in the end, it was just a promotion that has run its course.”
Some of the players who ended up winning the HPO Championship included Simon Deadman (2014), Keven Stammen (2015) and Dejuante Alexander in 2016.