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There aren’t many more interesting young poker players on the planet than Fedor Holz. The German superstar soared to the top of poker, winning over $20 million in under two years –  a lot of which came out of the ARIA in 2015 alone – and then abruptly retired, only to return to the felt a few months later. Holz arrived early for Event #1 of the Poker Masters and is gunning for the Poker Masters Purple Jacket™ saying, “I think I can make it work,” when it comes to wearing purple.

“I’m very excited actually – it’s been building up today,” Holz said. “Yesterday I woke up really early in the morning and was like, ‘When does it start? When does it start?’ I just want to play – I think I’ll cool down after a couple hours of sitting there not playing many hands and then I’ll be more relaxed.”

Holz has been busy the past few months, but not with poker. He’s been exploring his entrepreneurial side. “It’s been very different travel – a lot of short stops and meetings,” he said. “Right now I’m really enjoying getting to know a new area. I spend a lot of time in the office in Vienna where an app’s being developed further.”

Primed Mind is the app Holz and his team launched earlier this year, and the young entrepreneur also started vlogging his life as he travels, plays poker and works on his business. Holz and his team will release a daily vlog from the Poker Masters this week at the ARIA. 

But Holz isn’t ditching poker quite yet. “I just love poker – that’s not going away,” he said. “It’s more in what shape it comes. I like when it’s really competitive and high quality – that’s what I still travel for.”

The Poker Masters was the perfect combination of stakes, competition and setting for Holz. “My expectation is that it’s going to be fun,” he said. “In terms in playing, I don’t think it’s going to be too different form the ARIA High Rollers – it’s going to be an action-packed week.”

Holz was one of the 23 players took action on Daniel Negreanu’s must-win bet and said, “I booked the maximum. I’m confident that I’m going to win the Purple Jacket.”

Watch all the Poker Masters action live on PokerGO starting at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET on Wednesday as the $50,000 opening event is now underway. 

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