Fedor Holz is just 21-years old and he’s already accomplished more in his career than most grinders will in their lifetime. He’s competed at the highest stakes, racked up $1.4 million in live earnings in a little over two years and is in the hunt for another deep run at the 2015 World Series of Poker.
“I guess this year I’ve had a mixture of running good and playing well – hopefully,” Holz said as he prepared for the start of Level 22 on Day 5 where the big blind is 2/3 of the starting stack.
Holz nearly doubled his stack during the first level of play and locked up his fourth cash of the Series. His best result so far was a third place finish in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Championship in his first year playing at the Rio.
“Right now, I feel pretty relaxed. I’m not looking at the numbers, it’s a long way to go,” said Holz. “The field right now is twice to three times the size as a super high roller, so I know how hard it is to win one of those. I haven’t won one of those yet. I’m not thinking about the big money right now, I’m just playing my best game and that’s all that counts.”
Before the WSOP, Holz final tabled two Super High Roller events at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. First he took fourth for $369,376 in the $56,000 single re-entry tournament and then seventh in the $111,000 Eight Max event.
“The WCOOP for sure prepared me for a field this size. Also the emotions – it was just big for me,” Holz said. “The emotions are very comparable. When I won WCOOP it was just big. It’s a bit overwhelming – you don’t know how to handle it and it prepares you a little for something like this.”
Holz is following in the footsteps of group of young German players that are crushing the largest tournaments in the world that include Ole Schemion, Tobias Reinkemeier, George Danzer and Dominik Nitsche.
“I think its the drive we share. We all like to work hard and enjoy the game a lot. That’s put us together,” Holz said. “When you have people around you that are willing to help you improve and then work hard – then that’s really good for a successful player.”
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