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All you need to know about the 2011 World Champion of Poker

Tags: 2011 november 9, 2011 wsop main event, ben lamb, Martin Staszko, Pius Heinz.
Posted on 10 November 2011 by "T".

In case you haven't been living under a rock since yesterday morning you probably heard that the 2011 WSOP Main Event is over and that Pius Heinz, from Germany, is the champion. After defeating Martin Staszko in heads up, Heinz received the diamond bracelet and an amazing first place prize of $8,715,638. Add to that that he's the first German in WSOP history to win the Main Event.

All you need to know about Pius Heinz

Pius Heinz is a 22-year-old poker pro from Cologne, Germany, who's been making a living from playing poker (mostly online) for the past 4 years. He's single and his parents are divorced. His mother works as a civil servant and she accompanied him to Las Vegas and cheered his victory.

Heinz attended university for two semesters, but didn't complete his college degree. Instead he decided to put all focus on playing poker, and this year he put himself to the test at the World Series of Poker (his first ever World Series) - something that really paid off! This is the second time in history that a player from mainland Europe wins poker's world title. The only previous mainland European winner was Peter Eastgate (2008). However, players from Great Britain (Mansour Matloubi -- 1990) and Ireland (Noel Furlong -- 1999) have also won.

Apart from the WSOP main event win, Heinz finished 7th in the 2011 WSOP $1,5k NLH tournament (Event 48) for $83,283, and he also won a side-event in August at EPT Barcelona for $25,000. 2011 has been an amazing year for Heinz; almost $8.9 million in live tournament earnings and a sponsorship deal with PokerStars. Life must be at it's best for this young German who has his whole life in front of him and the money to do whatever he feels like. 


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8 comments on "All you need to know about the 2011 World Champion of Poker"

 doomdy10/11/2011 10:13:35 GMT
Great great great succes story.
 BeMyATMplz10/11/2011 10:15:22 GMT
"All you need to know" and not even the screenname (MastaP89) is mentioned Big Smile
Also,maybe it should be mentioned (but it's probably simply not been done enough reseach by the newswriter? (should work on that)) is that he only has about 50% of the win,as he sold about 50% of his action to other people.
mbn to be one of them Smile
 B1gfoot10/11/2011 10:59:44 GMT
Did PS sign him before he entered the main event? Or are they glory hunting.
He was on a huge downswing before WSOP and was about to quite the poker life, 22 is a very young age to have so much money, hope he uses it well.
 BeMyATMplz10/11/2011 11:22:23 GMT
Posted by B1gfoot:
Did PS sign him before he entered the main event?

Just before final 3 started
 Fakiry10/11/2011 11:48:30 GMT
The profile of Pius reminds me of a recent discussion we had at BRM about the best age to start playing poker, or to start learning about poker. Playing for real its only available with 18 in most countries, but: is it safe to start teaching someone in early ages? Are we addicting someone to the game just for doing that? Pius didn’t played poker for the first time with the age of 18, no one believes that. He’s living with the money he does from poker since he has 18!
 GIOMi611/11/2011 00:00:16 GMT
He did a terrific job for winning the main event and being the first german poker player winning this mportant bracelet
 SuperNoob11/11/2011 14:56:30 GMT
obv life changing event for him both in terms of money and fame.
lets see if he's able to replicate his success in future poker tournaments.
 LoGiX12/11/2011 12:40:07 GMT
I hope he manages well his new wealthness, it's difficult to keep his solid game with so much earnings so fast, if he plays too big he may lose big really quickly

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