Pius Heinz Wins WSOP Final Table and $8.7 Million
A 22-year-old student and professional poker player, Pius Heinz, has won the World Series of Poker Main Event inside the Penn & Teller Theater at Rio Las Vegas.
Heinz, of Cologne, is the first resident of Germany to win the prestigious poker tournament.
This Las Vegas blog was there to capture every minute of the action. Well, not every minute, because there were a whole lot of them. The Final Table ran about six-and-a-half hours.
A memorable moment from the Final Table was the elimination of one of the three finalists, Ben Lamb, a mere (wait for it) four hands into Final Table play. Hey, in Vegas, you go big or go home. Or in some cases, you go big AND go home. Still, Lamb walked away with $4 million as a consolation prize.
Then there were two.
Pius Heinz would play Martin Staszko, the first player ever from the Czech Republic to make a WSOP Final Table, head-to-head for six more hours, with the chip lead switching from one player to another nine times.
The new WSOP champ was crowned at 12:15 a.m. (Nov. 9, 2011).
International groups of supporters kept things lively, thankfully, since Heinz and Staszko rarely showed emotion or spoke (if at all) during long stretches of the Final Table.
There’s a reason it’s called a “poker face,” folks.
The crowd at the Penn & Teller Theater was on its feet for the dramatic final hand.
The final hand of the 2011 Final Table? Heinz had an ace of spades and king of clubs, and those cards held up against Staszko’s 10 of clubs and seven of clubs.
With that, Heinz nabbed a highly-prized World Series of Poker bracelet, as well as some pocket change. To be exact, $8,715,638 in pocket change. Did we mention this bubble-gum chewing player is just 22 years old?
Interestingly, the last four WSOP world champions were 23, 21, 21 and 22 at the time of their wins.
Staszko (below right) got $5.4 million for second-place. Not a bad pay day!
A memorable moment from the WSOP Final Table event? Once Heinz was announced the winner, his group of supporters began doing a chant his opponent’s friends had done throughout the evening, a sign of great sportsmanship. Staszko’s supporters did the same, honoring Heinz for his historic win.
The Final Table was the culmination of a Main Event that began in July, with a field of 6,865 players from 85 different countries. The WSOP Final Table was televised on ESPN with a 15-minute delay.
In other notable poker news: Earlier in the evening, Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Read more.
Get all the details of the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table at the official WSOP site.
Now, please enjoy our exclusive photo gallery from the WSOP Final Table that we risked being Tasered by security to bring you.
WSOP Final Table 2011