Pius Heinz Claims $8.7M In WSOP Championship

by | Published: Friday, November 11th, 2011

Pius Heinz is the 2011 World Series of Poker Championship winner after netting the top prize with a mere ace high hand.

Heinz won the $8.7 million jackpot, the third highest single payout in the history of the game.

At just 22 years of age Heinz becomes the first German player to win the WSOP Championship beating a field of more than $6,800 players representing 85 countries across the globe.

Heinz has been a full time poker player ever since he turned 18 years old and in just four years has managed to pick up the coveted gold and diamond bracelet, the biggest prize in the world of poker.

“This is the happiest day of my life, obviously. I really am speechless right now. I could not imagine this would ever happen to me,” he said.

Heinz started the final round with the third lowest chip stack of the group but by the end of the first day he had gained the lead.

When they returned for the final day just three players were left but that quickly dropped to two with American Ben Lamb ousted in the opening few hands.

The two left were Heniz and Martin Staszko from the Czech Republic.

Staszko had the least live poker experience of the final players but it didn’t show has he locked into a six hour dual with Heinz.

In the end though:

“The final hand was dealt when Heinz bested Staszko holding ace-king. Neither player made a pair, which meant Heinz’s ace-high played as the winning hand.”

Staszko earned himself $5.4 million for second place while Lamb, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, grabbed $4 million for third.

As you can see when poker pays it can pay big.

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