Pius Heinz, 22-year old man from Cologne (Germany), became the first German to win the world series of poker. He won the prestigious 2011 World Series of Poker while making more than $8 million in prize money.


 

“Honestly I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the money,” Heinz said early Wednesday after winning the main event in a marathon session of Texas Hold ’em. “Probably my family is going to get a couple gifts.”

Heinz won with an ace high, just nine hands after using the same hand to boost himself from a nearly insurmountable disadvantage against 35-year-old Martin Staszko.

Heinz, of Cologne, Germany, called an all-in bet from Staszko with an ace and a king. Staszko held a seven-10 of clubs.

 

Source: www.usatoday.com

For the first time ever the final was aired almost live on TV with just a 15-minute delay to ensure that players couldn’t cheat.


Heinz had to battle his way through an initial field of 6,865 players from 85 countries in the $10,000 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em scrum, held over 12 days in the US gambling mecca of Las Vegas last summer.

Heinz arrived at the finale ranked seventh out of the final nine players but gradually edged out the others, including 2011 “Player of the Year” Ben Lamb, an American who “busted out in shocking fashion” Tuesday night, WSOP said.Source: www.thelocal.de


The game was played in front of a crowd of hundreds at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino near the Las Vegas Strip.

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