Fedor Holz Wins One Drop High Roller for $4.98 Million

The incredible 22-year old Fedor Holz captured his first WSOP bracelet after winning the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No Limit Hold ‘em event, earning himself the astounding first place purse of $4,981,775, the largest single prize money award of Holz’s poker career.

Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz (Photo WSOP)

The three-day event began with a 183 player field colored with many elite poker pros and bracelet winners such as Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Phil Helmuth, Dan Coleman, Martin Jacobson, Liv Boeree, Tony Gregg, and the Mizrachi brothers, but all of them would find the exit before reaching the money. For the young German Holz, he finished day 1 running second in chips then ended day 2 in sixth position with 13 players left in the field.

The final day saw USA’s Dan Smith (eventual runner-up) enter with the largest stack and surged even higher after quickly eliminating Antonio Esfandiari. When the field downsized to nine players, Holz went on a killing spree, eliminating six players, Scott Seiver, Nick Petrangelo, Joseph McKeehan, Brian Green, and Jack Salter. At three-handed, Smith faced off with the two Germans of the final day, Koray Aldemir and Holz, and claimed his second victim after sending Aldemir to the rail. Entering the heads up round, Holz had the chip advantage but Smith took control and roles quickly reversed. Holz bit back and retook the lead with a double up holding trip sixes against Smith’s two pair. Four hands after, it was all over. Holz claimed the title with a dominating flush to capture his first WSOP bracelet and a massive pile of cash larger than any pot he has ever won in the live circuit.

Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Fedor Holz Germany $4,981,775
2 Dan Smith Las Vegas, NV $3,078,974
3 Koray Aldemir Vienna, Austria $2,154,265
4 Jack Salter London, U.K. $1,536,666
5 Brian Green Decatur, TX $1,117,923
6 Joe McKeehen North Wales, PA $829,792
7 Nick Petrangelo Feeding Hills, MA $628,679
8 Niall Farrell Glasgow, U.K. $486,383

The hottest card flipping kid in 2016

There is no doubt Holz is the hottest card flipping kid in the poker scene this year. Fresh from a high roller win in December 2015 that earned him over $1,5m, he began this year with a victory at the WPTN Philippines No Limit Hold ‘em Triton Super High Roller Series, claiming a massive pot of over $3.4m.

Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz in Manila (January 2016)

He continued to post some earnings on the following months and then kicked off the month of the month of June with a title at the Super High Roller 9 $50,000 event. The month became more profitable with Holz earning two more victories, one at the $25,000 Aria High Roller 32 event and then another at the $25,000 Aria High Roller 34 event in Las Vegas. Riding the wave of his continued success, Holz landed a massive victory at the WSOP 2016 $111,111 High Roller for One Drop event. With all his achievements, Holz now has close to $18.5m in live earnings.

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Louis Hartwell

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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