New Team PokerStars Player Pius Heinz Claims WSOP Main Event Final
This week the World Series of Poker main event final was won by 22 year old German Pius Heinz. Along with the honour of being crowned champion, he also took home a prize of $8.72 million.
He won the competition with an ace high whilst his opponent held 7 and 10 of clubs. The board was showing a five of clubs, deuce of diamonds, nine of spades, jack of hearts and four of diamonds which was of no help to either play.
Heinz said that it was “the happiest day of my life. But I can’t believe what happened – it’s unreal.” When asked what he would do with the money he said that he “honestly” wasn’t sure but expected his family to “get a couple of gifts.”
The runner up, Staszko said that he was “never happy” if he doesn’t win but “it’s not too bad, second place is OK.”
During their heads-up match they exchanged the lead a total of nine times over 119 hands. At one stage Staszko had a 4 – 1 chip advantage over Heinz but Heinz said that he just “tried not to lose my nerve”.
His success comes just a few weeks after he became the latest member of Team PokerStars. He was described by his fellow German Team mate Sandra Naujoks as having “all the qualities needed to be a great poker player.
Clearly she was right as the WSOP was only Heinz’s second live cash game, the first being a WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em even in June where he finished seventh. He will begin his career as a Team PokerStars player at the EPT Prague where he will don the PokerStars patch for the first time from December 5 – 10.