Hit and Run: Fedor Holz Terrible at Retirement, EPT Backtracks on High Roller Payouts, Daniel Negreanu’s New Podcast
Fedor Holz has won yet another high roller tournament despite announcing his retirement earlier this summer. EPT events €25,000 and up now back to paying out 15% of seats. Fans are loving Kid Poker’s new podcast. And more.
Good at poker, bad at retiring
After winning the One Drop High Roller at the WSOP this summer, Fedor Holz shocked the poker world by announcing that he’d won enough and planned on retiring from professional poker to pursue something else. Apparently he’s not as good at staying away from poker as he is at crushing it, however, because the WSOP is barely a month in the past, and today he has just won yet another nosebleed buy-in tournament, this one the €50,000 Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona.
Pretty much everyone who’s played a significant amount of poker has wanted to give it up at some point, or said they wanted to give it up. And anyone who’s done so knows just how impossible it is to make good on that intention. Just like a Corleone, every time you think you’re out, it pulls you back in. On some level, it’s relieving to know that this applies as much to the likes of Holz as to the rest of us mere mortals.
On a related note, PokerStars has responded to criticism from the professional community as regards the decision to pay out 20% of seats in this season’s EPT events. That leaves less money up top, which of course the best of the best would object to. Although remaining firm in their resolve to make the structures more appealing to recreational players in the majority of their events, the company has relented when it comes to events €25,000 and up, including the one just won by Holz. Those events are now back to paying out 15%, as has been the norm since Season VI.
– PokerStars is now pushing its Bubble Rush format, which plays like a hyper-turbo up until the expected bursting of the money bubble, after which it switches to a slower structure. The format is being presented as a recent innovation, but it’s something the site has actually been experimenting with quietly for some time now; in fact, one of the first articles I wrote for PartTimePoker was on that very topic, although it was called Bubble Dash back then.
– There’s nothing like controversy to get page views, so after Robert Woolley’s article on “Using Poker Rules for a Tactical Advantage” got criticized for promoting what some consider to be angle-shooting, it’s no surprise that PokerNews has elected to fan the flames. PokerStars’s Lee Jones got into the action today with an op-ed of his own. Although Jones is hesitant to call Woolley’s self-described tactics angle-shooting, and thinks they would have been considered fine in pre-boom years, his feeling is that such behaviour should be discouraged in the modern poker world, which has grown friendlier to novices in general.
– Daniel Negreanu now has his own podcast, released under his Full Contact Poker brand. I haven’t had a chance to give it a listen yet, but James Guill at PokerUpdate is a big fan, describing it as a “must listen.”