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Online Poker: Fedor Holz Winning Big In May

German Pro Adds To Stellar Tournament Year


German poker pro Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz won $222,000 in May through Friday, bringing his online game out of the red this year.

Holz has been on a tear in tournaments this year, winning $3,463,500 in a $200,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event in the Philippines in January. Thanks to five other final tables, Holz has cashed for $4,199,341 so far in 2016, and the World Series of Poker hasn’t even began yet.

The young German is trailing only Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky on the May leaderboard. The New Hampshire native is up $342,000 in May, which adds to his profits during the first quarter of 2016.

All cash game figures are via the tracking data from HighstakesDB.

Sulsky is the big winner on 2016 with $880,000 in earnings, followed by “Educa-p0ker” ($565,000), “Fake Love888” ($279,000), Isaac “philivey2694” Haxton ($179,000), Holz ($171,000) and Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz ($155,000).

Fake Love888 is rumored to be none other than Patrik Antonius, online poker’s all-time money earner.

On the flip side, Alex “Kanu7” Millar (-$630,000), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$533,000), Dan “w00ki3z” Cates (-$452,000) and "flong78 (-$367,000) are the year’s biggest losers.

The largest pot of 2016 remains a $236,000 no-limit hold’em hand played in late January. It pitted “Trueteller” against Educa-p0ker.

In the hand, Trueteller held the 8Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit against his opponent’s K-Q offsuit. Trueteller limped in from the small blind with his suited connectors, and Educa-p0ker decided to raise to $1,400 with the two face cards. Trueteller made an interesting play by deciding to three-bet to $5,800. Educa-p0ker elected to call and see a flop in position.

The flop fell JSpade Suit 10Club Suit 6Diamond Suit, and Trueteller bet $5,600 with just a gut-shot and a backdoor flush draw. Educa-p0ker called with his open-ended straight draw and two overs.

The turn was the 3Diamond Suit, giving Trueteller the flush draw, though Educa-p0ker was still ahead in the hand with K-high. Trueteller bet nearly $17,000, and Educa-p0ker called.

The river 9Diamond Suit was basically the perfect card for Trueteller. It gave him the backdoor flush and also completed his opponent’s straight draw.

Trueteller put Educa-p0ker all-in for $90,000, and the bet was called. Trueteller turned over his winning hand to take the pot.