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Gossip Column: Holz Wins GGPoker Face-Off Challenge Against Malinowski, GGPoker Responds to Criticism

Fedor Holz, Wiktor Malinowski, Vanessa Kade - Gossip Column
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis March 15, 2021
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As the flurry of heads-up challenges continues, the four-session GGPoker Face-Off Challenge between Fedor Holz and Wiktor Malinowski has now concluded. The German pro won three out of the four sessions, ending the challenge with a convincing $90K profit.

On the other hand, the GGPoker saga involving Vanessa Kade and Dan Bilzerian seems to be getting more convoluted. After facing immense criticism from the poker community for canceling Kade’s affiliate account, the online poker brand, on March 13, issued a six-paragraph statement on Twitter, standing by their decision.

GGPoker stated that they were not responsible for their ambassadors’ comments on social media platforms in its official statement. This opened up a whole new can of worms for the company, with Kade claiming that GGPoker was complicit in its brand ambassadors’ misogyny.

Fedor Holz Wins the GGPoker Face-Off Challenge Against Wiktor Malinowski

The GGPoker Face-Off Challenge between Fedor Holz and Wiktor Malinowski is now in the books, with the GGPoker Ambassador coming out on top. The duo played four sessions of $100/$200 heads-up NLHE on GGPoker, with each session lasting at least 400 hands.

The German pro had started out on a winning note and carried on his spectacular form for the first three sessions, pulling ahead for $108,195.91 by the end of session #3. Malinowski won the last session, but Holz still managed to come out ahead for $90,375.98 in the challenge.

Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz


Despite beginning the heads-up challenge as the underdog, the retired pro Holz has proved his mettle yet again, hopefully putting his naysayers to rest once and for all.

Wiktor Malinowski
Wiktor Malinowski


Session #3 Recap

The third session took place on March 10. Holz banked his most significant win of the challenge, raking in a profit of $108,195.91. His overall profits at the end of session #3 stood at $160,268.42.

You can watch the replay of the live-streamed session below.


Session #4 Recap

The fourth and final session of the heads-up challenge saw the high-stakes phenom Malinowski finally staging a fight. But it was too little too late. Despite winning $69,893.44, it still wasn’t enough to overcome Holz’s staggering lead. The latter ended the challenge with a profit of $90,374.98.

You can watch the replay of the live-streamed session below.


With this short heads-up challenge now done and dusted, the poker community is now gearing up to the rail the much-awaited epic showdown between Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. The High-Stakes Duel starts on March 16 at the PokerGO Studio in Aria, Las Vegas.

GGPoker Responds to Criticism After Canceling Vanessa Kade’s Affiliate Account; Kade Insists on Dan Bilzerian’s Termination

Over the past few days, GGPoker has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism after news of the site canceling Vanessa Kade’s affiliate account stirred up a Twitter storm. The site’s actions stemmed from Kade’s criticism of GGPoker signing on Dan Bilzerian as its brand ambassador last year.

Vanessa Kade
Vanessa Kade


As the story goes, Kade had voiced concern when self-proclaimed ‘King of Instagram,’ Bilzerian had been appointed as a GGPoker brand ambassador back in December 2020. In retaliation, Bilzerian called Kade a “hoe.”

Dan Bilzerian
Dan Bilzerian


In a follow-up to this Twitter feud, GGPoker, on March 9, a day after International Women’s Day, canceled Kade’s affiliate account. The news was not well-received by the poker community, with several prominent players reacting strongly to the incident.

On March 13, GGPoker finally responded to the criticism with a six-paragraph statement defending their position.

While the online poker company apologized to the community for the “recent series of events that has led to multiple controversies,” they stood by their decision claiming that Kade’s affiliate account had been terminated on the grounds of her “violation of our terms & conditions.”

The company went ahead and issued an apology to Kade for her sentiments regarding the signing of Bilzerian as its brand ambassador. They also absolved themselves of any accountability, stating that they cannot control what their ambassadors say and do on social media.

As expected, the statement did not go down well with the poker fraternity. Many industry insiders pointed out that if the company cannot control its brand ambassadors, it should fire them.

Kade, herself, responded to the statement by calling the company ‘complicit’ to its brand ambassador’s misogynistic behavior.

In a recent interview with CardsChat, when asked what her views were on GGPoker canceling her affiliate account, Kade said, “It sets a dangerous and completely subjective precedent where [GGPoker] can choose to terminate affiliate accounts that generate income from work long since completed as they see fit.”

Talking about what she feels would be the best way for GGPoker to resolve the current situation, she said, “Cutting ties with Bilzerian would be the most important step toward rectifying the situation. Apologizing to women in the industry would also go a long way.”

“As time marches on, being partnered with Bilzerian becomes less valuable to GGPoker, as they will have acquired most of the players who are low-hanging fruit. Similarly, the longer they leave it, the less meaningful the gesture will be as they’ll have had their cake and eaten it,” she added.

Will GGPoker heed Kade’s advice? Going by the precedence the company has already set, it seems unlikely.

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