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Holz Tramples Field for $3.4m Triton High Roller Title; Ivey 5th
The Fedor Holz train can't be stopped.
Wrapping up 2015 with a $1.5m win at the WPT Alpha8 $100k at Bellagio, Holz started 2016 in similar fashion with a $3.4m triumph at the $200k Triton Super High Roller in Manila.
Holz ultimately beat fellow pro David Peters heads-up to finish things off after dominating much of the play at the final table, although he did need a lucky double with KQ over QQ.
At just 22 years old he's already amassed over $7.3m in live tournament earnings.
Among the players at the final table were high-roller heavyweights Steve O'Dwyer and Phil Ivey, who have won their fair share of HR titles.
O'Dwyer ultimately finished 4th for just under $1m while Ivey claimed 5th for $656k. Devan Tang (third), Dan Colman, Paul Phua and Mike "Timex" McDonald also cashed.
Dwan Returns, New Faces Aplenty
Also notably putting up the $200k buy-in was famed poker recluse Tom 'durrrr' Dwan. Absent from the tournament scene for around 18 months Dwan has been seen in the high-stakes games in Manila and made an appearance in this one.
He made it through Day 1 just outside the top 10 but failed to pick up any momentum on Day 2 and busted before the money.
Surprisingly three players who also made Day 2 short on chips chose to not return to the tables to resume play. Two were instead spotted at the Baccarat tables.
Of the 52 entries many were new to the high roller scene, at least as far as the North American and European scenes go.
Luis Yeong, Yang Kit Chan, Elton Tsang, Shi Jie Cai, Qin Si Xin and Si Xiao Li were just a few of the new faces.
Plenty of HR regulars were also around to ring in the New Year in Manila including Andrew Robl, Brian Rast, John Juanda and Phil Gruissem.
Check the full rundown of the action from both days at wpt.com.