Is Fedor Holz Best Tournament Player Ever? $16.7m in Year Says Maybe
For years - in fact, for much of the past decade it not all of it - Phil Ivey was universally considered the best poker player in the world.
Stu Ungar is usually brought into the conversation as the best poker player in history. Chip Reese is often mentioned too. And for poker tournaments, at least at the WSOP, Phil Hellmuth usually gets a mention.
As far as modern tournament poker goes, though, there's a growing argument that young German pro Fedor Holz - at just 23 years old - has reached a level above and beyond his peers.
3 Cashes Over $3 Million, 18 Top 10 Finishes
To say Holz has had a banner year on the poker tournament circuit over the past 12 months is an understatement, to say the least.
Starting at EPT Barcelona last year Holz has cashed for over $16.7 million in live poker tournaments to push his career total over $18 million and put him #1 all time for German poker players.
The nearest comparison to Holz's take over the past year is Dan Colman, who bagged almost $22 million over an 18-month period back in 2014 but $15m of that came from one tournament alone.
Holz has earned his with over 31 cashes in the past 11 months - the highest of which was just under $5m for winning the WSOP's Big One for One Drop in early July.
Holz's list of results is as stunning as any seen in poker history as they've come in a procession of some of the toughest and most high-profile events in poker.
His jump start came in December of last year when he won $1.5 million in the $100,000 WPT Alpha8 event in Las Vegas but his recent summer in Vegas took it up another level.
Super High Roller Begins Epic Summer
The World Series of Poker is the epicentre of poker action over the summer but Holz began his summer to remember in the comparatively new $300k Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria.
Now in its second year, Holz chopped the event with his friend Rainer Kempe to take home over $3.5m. He then won 3 $25k+ Aria High Roller events over the next three weeks.
He capped it off winning the $111,111 Big One for One Drop. A quick run through of Holz's major highlights over the past 11 months:
Top 3 Finishes: 10
Top 10 Finishes: 18
7-Figure Cashes: 4
6-Figure Cashes: 15
Cashes for over $3m: 3
1st Place: WPT Las Vegas $100,000 WPT Alpha8 $1,589,219
1st Place: WPT Philippines $200,000 Triton Super High Roller $3,463,500
2nd Place: Aria Casino $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl $3,500,000
1st Place: Aria Casino $50,000 High Roller $637,392
1st Place: Aria Casino $25,000 High Roller $393,120
1st Place: Aria Casino $25,000 High Roller $276,012
3rd Place: Aria Casino $50,000 High Roller $407,310
1st Place: WSOP $111,111 High Roller for One Drop $4,981,775