Fedor Holz Blasts $1.8Million into Super High Roller Bowl and Doesn't Cash

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Fedor Holz Blasts $1.8Million into Super High Roller Bowl and Doesn't Cash
23 Mar

The Super High Roller Bowl China was put on in Macau by Macau Billionaire Poker. With a HK$2.1 million dollar buy-in (about US$267,626) and unlimited rebuys the guarantee of HK$100 million was easily surpassed. By the time the dust had settled on the rebuy period the 58 players who entered had put up 75 buy-ins making for HK$145.5 million (US$18.5 million) to play for.

Included in the all star line-up were the usual smattering of high-stakes German pros, including Fedor Holz, and their American counterparts like Bryn Kenney and Justin Bonomo. There were also a few surprise visits from more established pros Patrik Antonius, Isaac Haxton were there seated on their starting table either side of the elusive Phil Ivey.

Seven Bullets, Zero Targets Down

The big story of the night wasn’t Bonomo’s win but Fedor Holz’s losses

We’ve all had bad days, some of us have had truly awful days, but only Fedor Holz has flown 6,000 miles around the world, to play in one of the world biggest buy in tournaments, taken careful aim seven times and sent seven bullets spinning off into the wind leaving the prize pool fatter for his lead, but wholly unscathed by his passing through.

Seven time Holz bought in, seven times HK$2.1 million, leaving him to take a bath for just under the equivalent of about US$1.8 million over the course of one evening. In the end he got the wrong end of an A6 vs AA all in and had to retire (again) from poker.

He took his losses on the chin though, joking about it on Twitter the next day.

Eleven Paid, Bonomo Wins

The final table saw big names like Jason Koon (9th), Isaac Haxton (8th), and Brynn Kenney (7th) bust out first and fast rapidly dwindling to the superstar heads up confrontation between Patrik Antonius and Justin Bonomo.

For a full report on the event see our summary here

Shame Holz wasn’t there to claim a retirement cheque from it. Better luck the next seven times I guess.

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Jon is a freelance writer and novelist who learned to play poker after watching Rounders in year 9. He has been giving away his beer money at cards ever since. Currently he is based in Bristol where he makes sporadic donations to the occasional live tournament or drunken late night Zoom session. He ...Read more


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