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.
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.