As a 24-year old “retiree,” German poker pro Fedor Holz has plenty of time on his hands, and going forward he’ll spend some of that time promoting PartyPoker as a sponsored player.
Holz informed the poker public of his plans to join PartyPoker’s roster on September 1, using Twitter to post the following announcement:
“From this month on I’ll partner with PartyPoker. I’m excited about their plans for the future of poker and I’m happy to be part of it.”
In only five years since recording his first live cash, Holz has taken the tournament circuit by storm, piling up 73 cashes for an astounding $23,354,884 in career earnings.
Holz is no slouch in the online arena either, and in September of 2014 – days removed from turning 21 – he used his “CrownUpGuy” account to capture the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event for $1,300,000.
His largest live cash to date came at the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP), where Holz outlasted 182 opponents to win the $111,111 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em High Roller for One Drop event. That victory netted Holz his first WSOP gold bracelet, along with $4,981,775 in prize money.
At the time, Holz announced that he would be retiring from full-time poker play to focus on a charitable initiative aimed at funding creative startups.
And while that work continues, Holz has still found time to hit the felt here and there, to the tune of $4,859,710 in live earnings since his “retirement” began.
In a press release announcing his partnership with PartyPoker, Holz praised the site’s renewed commitment to the professional community:
“I would never partner with a company that was not committed to looking after or listening to the players. I have discussed PartyPoker’s plans with my good friend, Patrick Leonard, who is heavily involved in improving PartyPoker’s software and customer services.
I hope to be playing in some of the Trickett’s Room online high stakes cash games, if Sam gives me an invite! I am looking forward to playing the $25K Super High Roller on the 19th September and some of the other $35 million guaranteed PowerFest starting this Sunday.”
Tom Waters, who serves as managing director for PartyPoker, pointed to Holz’ status as a widely respected pro who commands respect from his peers:
“Fedor’s phenomenal success on the poker circuit over the last couple of years has made him one of the most respected figures in the game. Fedor will bring us a lot of knowledge and experience and will help us to fulfill our strategy.
We are always striving to ensure that the changes that we make, both online and live, are in the best interest of the players. Fedor will help us get closer to the players and will provide us with valued input as we continue to make changes.
High stakes action is currently a gap in our offering on PartyPoker and I’m delighted that Fedor has agreed to work with us to create a new high roller series that I think players and rail birds will love. It’s not all high stakes though, Fedor will also help us support the recreational players, providing academy sessions, videos and strategy advice.”
Bringing Holz on board continues PartyPoker’s renaissance under Mike Sexton, the former World Poker Tour (WPT) commentator who signed on as Chairman of the site in May of this year.
In an effort to challenge PokerStars’ longstanding supremacy as the global online poker leader, Sexton has overseen several reforms aimed at courting high-volume professional players. This strategy has been motivated by PokerStars parent company Amaya’s decision to take the opposite approach, as the site continues to remove incentives previously used to court the pro community.