123 – Fedor Holz – The Comeback, GG Poker, and WSOP Online

Episode 123 - Fedor Holz

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After his legendary run on the Super High Roller scene in 2016, Fedor Holz shocked the poker world with his announcement that he was retiring from the game. While he did play the occasional live High Roller tournament, he has mostly stayed off the virtual felt… until now.

In this episode of the Mindset Advantage Poker Podcast, Fedor Holz returns to the show to discuss his comeback to the online MTT scene, his new partnership with GG Poker, and the Online WSOP series. Topics covered include Fedor’s motivation for returning to the game, how he’s preparing to perform at his best during WSOP, and what he’s doing with PokerCode to help his students ship a bracelet.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[01:23] Welcome back to the show Fedor…

  • 01:41: Fedor’s reasons for returning to the virtual felt.
  • 02:33: What it felt like for Fedor to return to the online grind after such a long time off.
  • 03:31: Which does Fedor enjoy more? Multi-tabling large online tournaments or playing Super High Roller live tournaments.

[05:07] On the sustainability of the current mini online poker boom…

  • 05:24: Much of the series are not sustainable, but they’re not supposed to be.
  • 06:07: The cycles of the online MTT ecosystem.

[06:49] On what can be done to improve the sustainability of the online MTT ecosystem

  • 07:03: Focus on the experience of the players.
  • 07:51: What makes poker tournaments fun for both professional and recreational players.

[08:28] On Fedor’s success in his return to the game

  • 08:42: Getting a perspective on what Fedor’s big score actually mean to overall results.
  • 09:24: Coming 2nd in a $500 tournament for $45,000 while still losing in the session.
  • 09:47: How confident is Fedor in his game at the highest stakes online?
  • 10:38: Will there be a push to become the best in the world once again?

[12:01] On working with GG Poker

  • 12:19: How the PokerCode GG Poker skin is helping to improve the player experience.

[15:28] On the WSOP Online Bracelet Series

  • 16:03: General ideas of the schedule and guarantees
  • 16:24: Should the Online WSOP events be counted as bracelet events?
  • 18:43: Tips for players looking to successfully grind the full WSOP Online series.

[20:15] On creating the PokerCode WSOP Academy

  • 21:14 What the PokerCode WSOP Academy is all about.
  • 21:56 The lineup of coaches appearing in the Academy.

[23:29] On the power of networking in poker

  • 24:08 How Fedor designed his success around his poker network.
  • 26:07: What to do if do not currently have a strong network in poker or in life.

[28:32] On how to find all the details on the PokerCode WSOP Academy

3 Key Points

  1. If you can fall in love with the process, you have a much higher chance at long-term success.
  2. For success in big online MTT series: 1) Start from a place of strong mindset fundamentals (Check out The A-Game Poker Masterclass to learn how). 2) Create a set of routines you can execute each day. 3) Make sure to take some days off to prevent burnout.
  3. The strength of your network in poker is one of the most underestimated skills for success in the game.


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About the Author Elliot Roe

Hi, I'm Elliot Roe... And I Help Poker Players Squeeze Every Ounce Of EV From Their Poker Skills and Abilities. Over 7500 poker players have downloaded my Mindset MP3s to boost their focus on the table and to relax and recover post-session. I have personally worked with hundreds more on mastering their emotions and the tabling and developing the “Pro-Athlete Mindset” needed to be successful into today’s games. Creating a strong poker mindset has been the “secret weapon” of the high stakes elite for years now, and I started this site to bring that edge to any player willing to work on that area of their game.

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