It's not often the poker world stands back in awe of the accomplishments of a 23-year-old.
When that player is Fedor Holz, though, it almost seems like it's too late already.
Holz is coming off an 11-month stretch where he basically reset the standard for poker tournament success.
Holz turns 23 today (at least according to Wikipedia) and as a small tribute to his astounding 2015/2016 stretch that included seven wins, ten Top 2 finishes and 13 six-figure cashes, here's a look at his poker year on paper.
Big One for One Guy
As Holz himself has said in interviews, when you play a massive schedule of tournaments you'll likely have results to show for it.
Variance works both ways, obviously, for good or ill. But in the case of Fedor it seems something a little bigger is at play.
Holz plays a ton of high buy-in events - the highest in the world - which does make the overall size of the fields much smaller.
The players in those fields, however, are easily the best in the world at what they do save for the odd millionaire amateur.
Regardless of field size and buy-in there was rarely a week or two that went by that didn't feature a Holz deep run.
From his win in the $100k Alpha8 in Las Vegas in December, though, he took off like a rocket and reports of his results started to feel more fantasy then fiction.
He capped it off this summer with a spectacular run that included 3 wins in Aria $25k events, a runner-up (and chop) in the $500k Super High Roller Bowl and his first WSOP bracelet (and $5m) in the Big One for One Drop
So what do Holz's results over the past 11 months say about his level of skill in poker tournaments?
Despite we he posted on Twitter today, it looks like he's clearly figured out something about tournament poker others have yet to catch up to.
- Wins: 7
- Top 3 Finishes: 10
- Top 10 Finishes: 18
- 7-Figure Cashes: 4
- 6-Figure Cashes: 15
- Cashes for over $3m: 3
Pulling back for the overheard view here are all of Holz's results since August 2015:
|Date||Venue||Buyin / Tourney||Position||Prize|
|22.08.2015||EPT Barcelona||€ 48,500 + 1,500 - Super High Roller||11||$112,663|
|28.08.2015||EPT Barcelona||€ 10,000 + 300 High Roller||24||$36,590|
|02.09.2015||IPC Wien||€ 700 + 70 High Roller||1||$15,433|
|16.10.2015||WSOPE Berlin||€ 1,100 Turbo||51||$2,310|
|21.10.2015||WSOPE Berlin||€ 25,600 High Roller||6||$109,613|
|27.10.2015||EPT Malta||€ 2,000 + 200||2||$71,627|
|07.11.2015||APPT Macau||HK$ 240,000 + 10,000 High Roller||7||$114,691|
|12.12.2015||EPT Prag||€ 2,000 + 200||22||$6,400|
|14.12.2015||WPT Las Vegas||$ 10,000 + 400 Main Event||30||$31,611|
|18.12.2015||WPT Las Vegas||$ 100,000 WPT Alpha8||1||$1,589,219|
|03.01.2016||WPT Philippines||$ 196,000 + 4,000 Triton Super High Roller||1||$3,463,500|
|08.01.2016||PCA Bahamas||$ 5,300 Main Event||18||$32,360|
|14.01.2016||PCA Bahamas||$ 2,200 Turbo||4||$19,700|
|24.01.2016||Aussie Millions||A$ 98,000 + 2,000 Challenge||6||$196,901|
|02.03.2016||Aussie Millions||$ 1,100 Bounty Turbo||13||$1,130|
|19.04.2016||WPT Seminole||$ 25,500 High Roller||13||$58,750|
|26.04.2016||EPT Monte Carlo||€ 10,000 + 300 High Roller||4||$190,123|
|29.04.2016||EPT Monte Carlo||€ 1,000 + 75 Hyper Turbo||21||$2,199|
|01.05.2016||EPT Monte Carlo||€ 49,000 + 1,000 Super High Roller||5||$310,892|
|03.05.2016||EPT Monte Carlo||€ 5,000 + 200 Hyper Turbo||7||$17,743|
|05.05.2016||EPT Monte Carlo||€ 2,000 + 200||25||$4,918|
|27.05.2016||Aria Casino||$ 50,000 High Roller||7||$122,400|
|29.05.2016||Aria Casino||$ 300,000 Highroller Bowl||2||$3,500,000|
|03.06.2016||Aria Casino||$ 48,000 + 2,000 Highroller||1||$637,392|
|08.06.2016||WSOP||$ 1,500 6-Handed||18||$17,380|
|10.06.2016||Aria Casino||$ 24,000 + 1,000 Highroller||1||$393,120|
|14.06.2016||WSOP||$ 3,000 6-Handed||47||$8,716|
|17.06.2016||Aria Casino||$ 24,000 + 1,000 Highroller||1||$276,012|
|07.07.2016||Aria Casino||$ 48,000 + 2,000 Highroller||3||$407,310|
|08.07.2016||WSOP||$ 111,111 High Roller for One Drop||1||$4,981,775|
Comparable runs over the past couple of years include Dan Colman's exceptional run in 2014/2015, Ole Schemion in 2013/2014 and Erik Seidel in the first part of 2011, but it's difficult to find - let alone imagine - a more sustained, profitable stretch with more consistent results than Holz's.
When Fedor Folds, He Still Has Outs
At just 23 Holz now sits #1 on Germany's all-time money list with $18,495,174 in live earnings.
That's $7 million more than his next closest competitor - Schemion. He's also earned more than a man who won the Main Event (Pius Heinz) and such German poker royalty as Philipp Grussiem, Tobias Reinkemeier and Fabian Quoss.
It's also good to remember this doesn't even include his online winnings as CrownUpGuy, which include a win in the 2014 WCOOP Main Event for $1.3m.
His side bet/staking profit might be even more substantial. Oh ... and he's also the leading scorer of all 72 players in the Global Poker League.
Add it all up and what you have is closer to a poker diety than a kid - albeit a kid now contemplating semi-retirement.
In tribute to one of the most sensational years in poker ever, and because he clearly doesn't need money, we couldn't think of a better birthday present than to immortalize him in similar fashion to the pregenitor of the greatest Internet meme ever.
Happy Birthday to the King! Contribute your own in the comments!
Fedor Holz Facts
If Fedor Holz calls with a gutshot, the gutshot calls him back the next morning.
Fedor Holz doesn’t pay you off. He just lends the pot some chips.
Fedor Holz doesn’t draw to the nuts. The nuts draw to him.
Fedor Holz isn’t a 4 to 1 underdog with kings vs aces. He’s flipping.
Fedor Holz has played top pair, top kicker in Blackjack and in Baccarat – and won both times!
Fedor Holz doesn’t make deals at the final table. He puts players out of their misery with cash compensation for their relatives.
For Fedor Holz, the rule of two and four is the rule of always and every time.
Fedor Holz doesn’t work miracles. Miiracles apply to work for him.
Fedor Holz doesn’t go to showdown. The showdown picks him up and buys him a drink before dinner.
Fedor Holz once went to showdown with third pair against the nut flush and said “I win." The flush agreed.
When Fedor Holz registers for the main event, the WSOP asks “who will be the November Eight?”
On July 11 they renamed it “The Big One for One Guy.”
When Fedor Holz folds pre-flop, he still has 12 outs on the river.