German poker pro Fedor Holz, one of the youngest and biggest stars of poker, has been having a good run at the ongoing 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP). However the physical and mental strain from the long stint on the felt has made him decide that he will be changing his priorities next year.
The WSOP is the largest and richest annual poker tournament that takes place at the Rio in Las Vegas and is spread over seven weeks with multiple high roller events as well as prestigious titles up for grabs. The WSOP can be challenging and draining even for the top pros in the game.
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In a statement Holz said “The WSOP has been very interesting, with lots of different emotions. I’ve won a lot of money, and I’ve lost a lot of money. I feel like it’s going to be my last, 100 percent, from the beginning to end, World Series of Poker. It’s been very, very intense.”
Holz who will turn 23 in a short time has won over $13.5 million in live poker tournaments. He cashed in his first WSOP in 2015 coming in 25th in the Main Event but so far his biggest wins have mostly been in non-WSOP events. He has had a fantastic run this summer winning $5.3 million in non-WSOP events which includes a second place at the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl for $3.5 million and a win at the $50,000 High Roller at Aria for $407,31, putting him on course to win $10 million this year.
Only six players so far have cashed $10 million in a single year. Holz’s has done incredibly well this year without winning the WSOP Main Event or the Big One for One Drop. He has a little less than six months to win another $340,000 that will enable him to hit the $10 million mark.
For Holz, the strain of the long WSOP has been exacerbated by his side bets. He has been appearing in all $1,000 events in WSOP as a result of side bets, causing him to feel that he has had to give up control of his life. Speaking on his plans for next year, Holz said that he would skip few of the event sand take a break for few weeks with a trip to Mexico to avoid the exhaustion that comes from continuous play.
Holz is still to win a WSOP gold bracelet. He said that while he doesn’t prefer a bracelet over money, he does feel that it is a great challenge that results in great memories. For the moment, Holz is focusing on the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop and the WSOP Main Event.