In 2011, Pius Heinz became the first German in World Series of Poker history to win the Main Event! Heinz, 22 at the time, received $8.7 million for his first place finish and quickly picked up a sponsorship deal from PokerStars.
Day 1A of EPT Sanremo (a city with about 57,000 inhabitants on the Mediterranean coast of western Liguria in north-western Italy) Main Event saw a field of 175 runners being narrowed down to 103 players during 8 levels of play. Cristiano Guerra, an Italian poker pro with nearly half a million dollars in tournament winnings, bagged up the largest stack at the end of play (148,700), and his closet opponent was Aku Joentausta from Finland with 125,500 in chips. Notables that made it through to Day 2 include Pius Heinz (80k) and Vanessa Selbst (28k).
We will be back with another brief update tomorrow once Day 1B is in the books. Stay tuned!
When Pius Heinz won the 2011 World Series of Poker main event last week he collected amazing $8.7 million and became the first German main event winner in WSOP history. So, how much will be taxed by his native country Germany? The answer is none, nothing, nada. According to CNBS sports analyst Darren Rovell, who tweeted a story by Fox that breaks down the tax situation for each 2011 November Nine player.
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.
After about 7,5 hours of 3-handed play, the 2011 World Series of Poker finally got a winner, Pius Heinz, 22, from Germany. Heinz is the first German player in WSOP history to win the Main Event. For the win he received amazing $8,7 million dollars (the 3rd biggest cash in WSOP history) while Martin Staszko got $5,4 million for his efforts. This is how the final hand was played out:
Martin Staszko had the button, and he went all in for 39,5 million. Heinz called straight away and flipped over A[s]K[c], Staszko showed 10[c]7[c]. The tension in the room became palpable, and Staszko's and Heinz fans stood up and shouted for their cards.
The 2011 WSOP Main Event final table is still running and still a world champion hasn't been crowned. The 3 players who returned to the final table 7 hours ago were Pius Heinz, from Germany, with 107 million chips. In second place is Ben Lamb, from USA, with 55 million chips, and in third place is Martin Staszko, from Czech Republic, with 42 million chips.
The 2011 November 9 kicked off yesterday and still a world champion hasn't been crowned. When 6 of the 9 players had hit the rail, the tournament crew called it a day and play will now resume on Tuesday. The remaining players are Pius Heinz, from Germany, with 107 million chips. In second place is Ben Lamb, from USA, with 55 million chips, and in third place is Martin Staszko, from Czech Republic, with 42 million chips.