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Event #67: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em

$111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em

Fedor Holz is the winner of the 2016 High Roller for One Drop at the World Series of Poker.

The 22-year-old poker pro and online prodigy hailing from Germany, won the $111,111 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over three days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas. 

As Holz states in an Interview:

“I just so feel overwhelmed.  I didn’t think it would be like this,” said an out-of-breath Holz just moments after winning his first gold bracelet.  “I’m really happy right now….I was very focused coming into this.  I told my friends even, that this was going to be a very important week.  I had such a great feeling about this tournament and felt really intense about it, which is why it means so much to me to win it.”

The highly-competitive charity-themed event won by Holz has attracted not only the best poker players in the world, but also leaders in business and finance, as well as some celebrities.

That said, this talented group of poker players who entered might have been playing to raise money and awareness for a great charity.  However, they weren’t in a charitable mood once the cards were dealt out.  The action over three days was tremendously fast.

In the end, Holz collected the largest prize of the entire summer, other than the WSOP Main Event Championship which also began play during this event.  Holz received a whopping $4,981,775 in prize money, making this the biggest reported win of his career.

Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:

Second Place:  Dan Smith, a Las Vegas poker pro collected $3,078,974 in his 25th time to cash at the WSOP.  He now has earned more than $5 million at the series, but has yet to win a gold bracelet.

Third Place:  Koray Aldemir, a student and poker player from Vienna, Austria, came in third.  He collected $2,154,265 in what was his 11th time to cash at the series.

Fourth Place:  Jack Salter, from London, UK came in fourth.  He earned $1,536,666 in his 11th series cash.

Fifth Place:  Brain Green, from Decatur, TX earned $1,117,923 for finishing in fifth place, which was his third top-five finish in a series event. 

Sixth Place:  Joe McKeehen, the 2015 world poker champion added another $829,792 to his poker bankroll.  He now has 14 cashes and nearly $9.5 million in series

Seventh Place:  Nick Petrangelo, from Feeding Hills, MA finished in seventh place, which was worth $628,679

Eighth Place:  Niall Farrell, from Glasgow, Scotland came in eighth, which paid $486,383.  This was quite a successful year for Farrell, who took second place in an event just days earlier and also had another sixth-place finish in another event.  In all, he posted six cashes, worth 3/4th of a Million.

Ninth Place:  Scott Seiver, from Las Vegas, a top cash-game pro as well as consistent high-roller tournament performer, finished in ninth place. 

This was the 67th official event on this year’s schedule.  This leaves 2 gold bracelet events still to go at the 2016 WSOP.