Germany’s number one ranked poker pro, Fedor Holz, announced on twitter he’ll be partnering with Partypoker from September onwards and that he is excited about site’s future plans for poker.
As the poker industry has become more and more competitive, it’s not strange to see the biggest names in poker team up with big brands in an effort to fight for dominance. What was strange, however, was the exclusion of such sponsorship deals with one of the highest earners in poker history – the German all-time money leader and the only European in the US-dominated top 10 positions of the Hendon Mob All Time Money List.
This opportunity went unnoticed long enough, and Party Poker quickly jumped in and snatch up the huge poker talent that is Holz and added him to the growing list of highly regarded professional poker players sponsored by them.
Neither Holz or Partypoker has specified what exactly his role will be at the company, but they did say in a press release that “Fedor will sport the partypoker patch on the global live poker circuit and be integral in designing High Roller formats for the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS and upcoming Online High Roller Series.”
Holz has only been on the poker scene for 4 years but has already amounted a huge collection of accolades and titles to his name, including the biggest score of his career when he won the WSOP $111,111 buy-in High Roller in 2016 which added $5 million to his career earning of $23 million.
With all these achievements under his belt, it’s only natural that he is picky with who he teams up with, and this was what he had to say about his newest partnership, “ I would never partner with a company that was not committed to looking after or listening to the players. I have discussed PartyPoker’s plans with my good friend, Patrick Leonard, who is heavily involved in improving partypokers software and customer services.”
This latest sponsorship comes amidst a slew of moves made in recent months by Partypoker in a bid to dethrone PokerStars as the best place to play poker online. This is definitely one of those cases where “it’s easier said than done” because not only is PokerStars the most recognized online poker brand, but it also has more players than all other industry sites combined, with a star-studded lineup including the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst and Chris Moneymaker.
Mike Sexton, former World Poker Tour commentator now chairman of Partypoker, realizes the sheer height of this hurdle, but it won’t stop him from trying. With the newest addition in Holz, whom many consider to be the best player in the game today, especially considering the fact that he’s won more in the last few years than most pros do in their entire career, along with the $6.5 million tournament winner, Sexton himself, and high stakes grinder Sam Trickett, tennis legend Boris Becker, and 14 other note-worthy poker pros, Partypoker is on the right track to challenging the world’s largest online poker site, PokerStars.