Fedor Holz had an amazing poker year that included five high roller titles and a second-place finish in the Aria Super High Roller Bowl ($3.5). All told, Holz earned almost $16.5 million in tournament winnings before retiring in the second half of the year.
The German’s retirement opened the door for somebody to sneak in and win the CardPlayer Player of the Year (POY) award, which David Peters has done with an outstanding close to 2016.
Peters made nearly $7.6 million, while, although impressive, is less than half of what Holz collected. But where Peters made the difference is in his volume of cashes.
According to his HendonMob page, he notched 28 live tournament cashes. Peters’ best cash was the $2.3 million that he earned in the $200k Triton Super High Roller Series. Ironically, Holz won this same event and scooped $3.46 million for the top prize.
Other big payouts for Peters included second in the $250k Aussie Millions High Roller ($629,614), first in the Asia Championship of Poker High Roller ($629,868), and first in the $50k Aria Super High Roller ($511,970).
The Toronto native closed out 2016 with the Aria Super High Roller victory, third in the EPT Prague Main Event ($420,499), and fifth in the WPT Five Diamond Classic High Roller ($122,880).
While Holz may have lost the CardPlayer POY honor due to his retirement, he’s still in line to win the Global Poker Index race with 4,722 points.
Here’s a look at the final CardPlayer POY standings as 2016 comes to a close:
1: David Peters – 8,601 points
2: Fedor Holz – 7,058
3: Justin Bonomo – 6,020
4: Ari Engel – 5,653
5: Jake Schindler – 5,178
6: Sam Soverel – 4,989
7: Chance Kornuth – 4,838
8: Dan Smith – 4,799
9: Connor Drinan – 4,637
10: Ankush Mandavia – 4,460