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Life of a Champion Ep. 2: Fedor Holz Talks Money, Final Tables

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In Episode #2 of the mini-documentary series “Life of a Champion,” Fedor Holz seems to be over his jet lag and ready to for Event #2 in the Poker Masters. But first, he has to order dishes to enjoy his breakfast. He needs two spoons and two… What’s the English word for the thing you eat cereal out of again?

Watch Episode 1: Taking Shots in Vegas

Money Talk

After busting two bullets in the first event for a total loss of $100,000 (plus the rake on the second bullet), Holz says he doesn’t feel much about losing the money. According to Holz, it’s an important skill to be able to distance yourself from the money as a high-stakes tournament player. He also explains that he sells off a lot of his action in bigger events so he is always playing for an amount he is completely comfortable with.

Feeling fresh after a good night’s sleep, Holz is just focused on playing better than he played yesterday and he says, “Today’s the day.”

"Today's the Day"

After a long day of poker that saw Holz build his stack from the starting 125,000 up to 1,138,000 for the second-biggest stack heading into the final table of seven on Friday, it seemed Holz was right. He reflected on the day’s events.

“I played focused, I played well. I feel good.”

His plan for the evening? “Quickly to bed, rest, breakfast, back to it, win it.”

Before heading up to his room, Holz bumped into Phil Hellmuth, who was wondering about what Holz had in the hand at the final table where Hellmuth folded ace-king on the river to Holz, but Holz tells him he can’t say. Hellmuth hypothesizes, “Good bluff” and tells Holz he looks forward to the battle tomorrow. Holz “can’t wait” to see what Hellmuth brings.

Looking forward to the final table in Event #2, Holz says, “I’m glad I’m in a good rhythm now and I’m ready for tomorrow.”

With $125,000 locked up, Holz eyes the top prize of $900,000, hoping to join Nick Schulman at the top of the Poker Master Leaderboard on the final day of the second event.

You can follow Holz’ progress in the event by reading the live updates on PokerNews.com and watching the livestreamed final table action on PokerGO. Also stay tuned for more episodes of the "Life of a Champion" mini-documentary series!

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