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Pius Heinz Wins the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Dec 14, 2011


German poker pro Pius Heinz was playing in obscurity and thinking about leaving the game after falling into a five-figure online downswing in the months prior to the start of the 2011 World Series of Poker. By the end of his last-ditch effort at the poker festival, he became a millionaire and one of the most recognizable faces in the game. In front of a packed Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 22 year-old took home the main event’s $8.7 million grand prize, after a back-and-forth duel with runner-up Martin Staszko of the Czech Republic. Heinz, from a small village outside Cologne, Germany, outlasted more than 6,800 players in July, six on Nov. 6, and two on Nov.8 to win the $10,000 no-limit hold’em championship. “I almost couldn’t catch my breath,” Heinz said about seeing the final river card hit the ...

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