After two days of intense action at the WPT National Philippines Triton Super High Roller Series Cali Cup, Germany’s rising young star, Fedor Holz, bagged the big kahuna first place purse of $3,072,748. Before he made for the cage, he kindly accepted a quick chat with us, sharing his thoughts on the event.
SMP: How do you feel about your win and the fact that this victory happened just few weeks after your victory in the Alpha 8 in Vegas?
Fedor: It has been nine months of running deep but without getting a win, and then in just three months, everything has been so easy and unreal. Right now I just feel so good and everything I do is just going right. It’s variance and I am blessed to be that lucky.
SMP: And how do you feel about the event in general?
Fedor: I think it was an amazing event. The tournament turnout was incredible with 52 entires. I expected 25 or 30 but there were twice as many. I also like the structure, the two days is better than three or four days. It was a great tournament.
SMP: What did you think about the field of players?
Fedor: It is a very unusual field because I haven’t played with half of the field so you have to adapt according to how people play. But I did feel comfortable. I’ve played with Chinese players before and it a very different game than Europe. They just play completely different styles and I think it was good that I’ve had the experience of playing with them before. It helped my game.
SMP: Did you have to adjust a lot?
Fedor: Definitely I had to adjust quite a bit. I think that quite a lot of them play really well. Even if they play it for fun I think they play better than some Europeans (laughs). It really is a very different game.
SMP: How about your goals? What’s next for you this year?
Fedor: My flight is in 11 hours to the Bahamas so I will continue playing there. After that, the Aussie Millions. My January and February schedule is crazy. I’ll also play in LA.
SMP: So would you say your focus right now would be in live events?
Fedor: Oh yes definitely, especially the high rollers. I think that’s where I am best in right now so that’s what I want to focus on.
SMP: Thank you for the interview and congratulations once again!