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This Week's Big Winner: Fedor Holz Wins WPT Philippines Triton Super High Roller

Holz Picks Up More Than $3.4 Million and Second Major Title In Three Weeks

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Feb 17, 2016


In late December, Fedor Holz was flying high with a victory in the WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas $100,000 buy-in event, banking $1,589,219. With newfound confidence, he headed to Manila for the WPT Philippines Triton Super High Roller $200,000 buy-in event, and took it down as well for a whopping $3,463,500 payday.

In total, the 22-year-old German pro cashed for more than $5 million in just three weeks, bringing his lifetime tournament earnings to more than $7.3 million. It’s enough to put him in fifth place on the all-time German tournament winnings list, behind notables such as Tobias Reinkemeier, Philipp Gruissem, Pius Heinz, and Ole Schemion.

Here’s a look at the five biggest hands that propelled Holz to victory:

Tournament – WPT Philippines Triton Super High Roller
Buy-In: $200,000
No. of Entries: 52
Prize Pool: $10.039,120
1st Place Prize: $3,463,500

Holz Gets Lucky To Double Through Ivey

The Action

With five players remaining in the tournament, Fedor Holz raised to 90,000 from under the gun and Phil Ivey reraised to 270,000 from the small blind. Holz then moved all in for 1.15 million and Ivey snap called with QDiamond Suit QClub Suit. Holz could only show KClub Suit QHeart Suit, putting him in a bad spot for his tournament life. According to the Card Player Poker Odds Calculator, Holz was only 31 percent likely to win the pot, but the flop came down KHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit, putting him in the lead. The turn was the 6Diamond Suit and the river was the JHeart Suit, giving the crucial pot to Holz.

Holz Finishes Ivey Off In Fifth Place

The Action

Just two hands after being crippled by Fedor Holz, Phil Ivey moved all in from the cutoff for his last 365,000 and Holz called from the small blind with AHeart Suit QDiamond Suit. Ivey was dominated with QSpade Suit JClub Suit and needed help to survive. The board ran out 8Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit ADiamond Suit 9Heart Suit, however, and Ivey was eliminated in fifth place, earning $656,500.

Holz Makes A Boat Against Tang

The Action

Fedor Holz raised to 115,000 on the button and Devan Tang called from the big blind. The flop came down 9Heart Suit 4Heart Suit 4Spade Suit and Tang checked. Holz bet 100,000 and Tang check-raised to 310,000. Holz called and the turn was the 9Diamond Suit. Both players checked and Tang checked again when the 6Heart Suit hit the river. Holz bet 575,000 and Tang tanked for about three minutes before calling. Holz showed his full house and Tang mucked.

Holz Eliminates O’Dwyer In Fourth Place

The Action

Fedor Holz raised to 140,000 on the button and Steve O’Dwyer moved all in from the small blind. Holz called with pocket tens and was well ahead of O’Dwyer’s AHeart Suit 9Club Suit, holding a 72 percent edge preflop. The flop fell QHeart Suit 9Heart Suit 5Heart Suit, however, giving O’Dwyer middle pair and a flush draw to improve his chances to 52 percent. The turn and river were bricks though, coming KDiamond Suit then 7Diamond Suit to send O’Dwyer to the rail in fourth place. He took home $953,700 as a consolation prize.

Holz Outflips Peters For The Title

The Action

After closing the gap by winning two out of the first three hands of heads-up play, David Peters opened with a raise to 350,000 on the button. Fedor Holz reraised to 1 million and Peters moved all in. Holz called with pocket sevens and saw that he was basically flipping for the tournament against Peters and his AClub Suit QClub Suit. The board ran out JHeart Suit 5Diamond Suit 5Club Suit KDiamond Suit KHeart Suit, and Peters was eliminated in second place, taking home $2,309,000. Holz picked up his second major title in less than a month, along with a massive $3,463,500 payday.

Tournament Results

1. Fedor Holz — $3,463,500
2. David Peters — $2,309,000
3. Devan Tang — $1,405,500
4. Steve O’Dwyer — $953,700
5. Phil Ivey — $656,500
6. Dan Colman — $502,000
7. Paul Phua — $401,600
8. Mike McDonald — $351,320