Young poker pro Fedor Holz’s dazzling performance in 2016 has stunned the poker world. At just 22 years, the poker pro from Germany has managed to win just about every major poker achievement that is there to be won.
Holz has had some great wins including World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event, the 2016 WSOP $111,111 No Limit Hold’em High Roller for One Drop and $200,000 Triton Super High Roller that has helped him to accumulate close to $18.5 million in prize money in a career spanning just a few years.
Holz has been on a roll in 2016 and recently joined a select group of poker pros who have won $10 million in a single year. Holz credits much of this spectacular performance to his intensive hard work and the help he received from his mental coaches.
Holz decided to take up poker full-time after he became certain that a career in information technology was not what he envisioned for himself. He has so far spent innumerable hours practicing and honing his game that helped him perform consistently well in high pressure situations at major tournaments across the world. Holz said that his work with mental coaches has played a key role in improving his performance and confidence.
The German poker pro started working with mental coaches in 2014 and they have helped him in achieving clarity in goals and developing plans to achieve them. Thomas Quaade and Elliot Roe are two coaches he worked extensively with. Quaade has helped him develop a vision for his life and Roe helped him with hypnosis to overcome his barriers which enabled him to perform better.
Holz believes most folk are skeptical about mental coaching but for him getting even a 10 percent boost in performance from mental coaching can help in the final equation during a high pressure game.
Society clearly teaches us the wrong value system. Money is overvalued, and freedom has very little to do with money. We always think that money is connected to how we feel but it’s a very short-term feeling and what I have learned through coaching, and giving back to people, I realized that this is the only thing that gives me joy.
His grueling schedule at the 2016 WSOP has taken a toll on Holz. He now plans to take a break for a few months to recoup before returning to the felt.