Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz: Alpha8 Champion

The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic 2015 took place between December 18th and 19th, and attracted 45 runners for it’s USD$100,000  Alpha 8 event. The players who took part included some of the best names around, but by the time the final table was under way, there only looked like being one winner. With one third of the chips in play, and 8 players remaining, Fedor Holz had to reach both arms around his chip mountain to try and find his cards each time a hand was dealt. His stack was so big it looked like it could have stopped a bullet, but thankfully for Holz, his opponents didn’t have the ammunition to put up a convincing fight. He duly took the title, and USD$1,589,219, to crown a fantastic year.

fedor Holz Stack

Fedor Holz (Photo Twitter)

A rising star

In many ways, Fedor Holz is the same as any other poker player, starting out online, working hard, and building a big bankroll. Where others have strived and fallen, or settled for mediocrity though, Fedor has excelled, both online and live. He readily admits that a couple of years ago, staking helped him along, when he was fortunate enough to see a good return from his investments in 2013. He then put himself on the map when completing the extraordinary feat of winning the 2014 WCOOP Main Event for $1,300,000. Despite having that career defining moment in the bank, he has not sat back and revelled in the money and adulation.

Taking the live poker scene by storm

CrownUpGuy” had burst onto the online scene, and the man behind that name, was ready to take the live scene by storm too. In April 2015, he attended the EPT Monte Carlo, where he took 7th in the Super High Roller, followed by 4th in the Super High Roller 8 max. He banked over USD$741,000 for those results combined. In June and July, Fedor was in action at the WSOP, where he once again showed his quality, taking 3rd in a 6max Holdem event for over USD$268,000 before adding USD$262,000 for 25th place in the Main Event. He also managed a 6th place in the High Roller event of the WSOPE in Berlin.

Fedor Holz has confirmed his participation to the $200,000 Triton SHR Series Cali Cup.

Article by Craig B.


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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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