The “HU4Rollz” revival gained more even momentum over the past week when high-stakes tournament pro Fedor Holz and nosebleed cash game crusher Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski agreed to battle each other in a live streamed, high-stakes heads-up challenge beginning on March 5.
The pair have settled on a four-session challenge of $100/$200 Heads-up NLHE that will kick off on Friday, March 5 at 12:45 ET. Subsequent sessions will be played on March 8, March 10, and March 12. When the action kicks off they will be sitting 100bb deep and fans will get to watch live on GGPoker.TV on a 30-minute delay.
The origins of the challenge dated back to August 2020 when Malinowski joined Joey Ingram on the Poker Life Podcast where he issued a challenge to play any player in the world heads up, at whatever stakes they want. In that same interview, Malinowski targeted Holz, calling him out specifically and even offering that he would play while drunk.
Over six months after Malinowsky’s appearance, Holz responded by posting a short video on Twitter where he essentially took Malinowsky up on his offer.
“I just want to get back to that offer you made on Joey’s podcast, to play me drunk whenever I want, whatever stakes I want. So yea…let’s fucking do it. I challenge you,” Holz said.
Before Stefan takes all your money Wiktor, let’s play. Zoom and drinks.
— Fedor Holz (@CrownUpGuy)
It didn’t take Malinowski long to respond. He posted a video of his own, saying he was ready to not just talk on Holz, but would also battle against two of Holz’ students at the same time.
“Hey, Fedor. I’m sitting waiting for you every day,” Malinowski said, his video showing him seated at empty online heads-up tables. “You know where to find me. For now, you only talk. How about you get your two best students…I can play three of you, same time, two tables each – any amount of hands you want.
“You only talk. Be careful what you wish for, man. I’m here. I’m waiting. Anytime, just join me.”
Hey– where are you? I am waiting for you – pick your 2 best students and I play all 3 of you!
— Wiktor Malinowski: ‘Limitless’ (@Iimitless2)
Holz is well-known for his tournament prowess having accumulated more than $32 million in total tournament live earnings, including eight seven-figure scores. Just weeks after getting called out by Malinowski, Holz went on to win the 2020 World Series of Poker $25K Heads Up event for $1,077,250, his second career gold bracelet. Holz is also a former worldwide #1-ranked online player, having held the top spot on three different occasions dating back to 2014.
Malinowski has a reputation as one of the most respected online nosebleed cash game pros in the game today. He started his journey by playing freerolls in 2014 and achieved success at every buy-in level along the way, eventually reaching the elite levels of the high-stakes. Not one to be short on confidence, Malinowski accepted this challenge with Holz even though he’s currently embroiled in another high-stakes challenge against Stefan ‘Stefan11222’ Burakov, which has seen him lose as much as $550,000 in a single week.
The challenge looks to be another treat for fans of the format who have had a number of exciting challenges to follow in the past year. It was in April 2020 that Phil Galfond captured the attention of the poker world with his million-dollar comeback against ‘Venivivi1993’ in the first of the Galfond Challenges. Then, of course, the three-month-long High Stakes Feud between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu came to a conclusion in February, with Polk booking a win of more than $1.2 million.
Now fans will have the opportunity to watch these two high-stakes heavyweights go at it exclusively onin the four-session stretch. Billed by the online operator as “The Prince of Poker vs. The Notorious End Boss”, GGPoker is also promising expert commentary, exclusive interviews, and promotions surrounding the event.
The Prince of Poker vs The Notorious End Boss!
The Face-Off Challenge
Fedor Holz vs Wiktor Malinowski
Starting Friday, March 5th-Off
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