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Tax On Poker Winnings A Whole New Gamble

by | Published: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

One of the most basic appeals of poker is ability to compete against your rivals on a completely fair an even playing field.

An environment where it doesn’t matter how big you are, how strong you are, whether you’re male, female, black or white, where it’s solely one mind against another with the best five cards wins.

While this is true the aftermath of the WSOP Final shows that where you come from can still have a big impact on your winnings as a poker player.

The payouts themselves are the same, but how much you get to keep depends entirely on the laws back at home.

Pius Heinz for example has had a win that’s bigger than the majority of first prize pools anywhere in the world.

We’re not talking about the $8.7 million that he won but the fact he gets to keep every single cent.

Thanks to a tax treaty signed by Germany and the US any income earned by a German in the US is free of tax.

In addition to this any money won gambling in Germany is tax free so Heinz will keep his entire loot.

Compare that to the fortunes of some of the minor place getters from the WSOP Final.

Martin Stazko who finished second will have to pay $814,963 of his total winnings of $5,433,086 to the Czech government.

Ben Lamb who finished third will have to pay $1,524,011 of his $4,012,038 winnings to the US government.

Mark Gianeetti will need to pay 35% of his $3,012,700 to the US government.

That’s still less though than the sixth placed Eoghan O’Dea from Ireland who has to pay 40% of his winnings to the Irish government, totalling $695,018.

This shows just how lucky Pius Heinz is.

If he were to live in Ireland his $8.7 million prize would actually be worth only $6.8 million, a huge difference relying purely on the laws of your nation.

Still, taking home any money at this sort of level sounds pretty appealing.

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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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