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11/09/2011 (3 years ago)

Pius Heinz Wins the 2011 WSOP Main Event!

Pius Heinz
The champ!

In the very late stages of Nov. 8, 2011, 22-year-old Pius Heinz became the first German to claim poker’s ultimate prize.

The Cologne resident outlasted 6,856 players and then beat a final table that included Sam Holden, Anton Makiievskyi, Bob Bounahra, Eoghan O’Dea, Phil Collins, Matt Giannetti, Ben Lamb and Martin Staszko to win the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

In addition to a world championship gold bracelet, Heinz also took down $8.7 million – one of the biggest payouts in the history of poker.

Heinz entered the final table with the third shortest stack but started winning early and, after winning a huge pot against Eoghan O’Dea, never really looked back.

One of the most aggressive players at the final table, Heinz won pot after pot without having to show his cards and he quickly became a contender as play went from nine-handed to three.

Heinz was the first player to break the 100 million-chip mark and by the time play got down to the last three players he was the chip leader with 107 million.

After nearly four months of waiting, players took one-day break after they reached three-handed, putting even more pressure on Ben Lamb, Martin Staszko and Heinz.

The final day didn’t go exactly as Heinz would have planned as Staszko knocked out Lamb very early and then took over the chip lead but the German was as resilient as a Panzer tank and refused to give up.

Finally Staszko made the mistake of shoving with T 7 and Heinz called with A K. Heinz successfully faded all of Staszko’s outs and his Big Slick became the winning hand of the tournament.

Heinz rockets up poker’s all-time winning list by taking down the $8,711,000 prize and all of Germany can take pride in his accomplishment.

Thanks for tuning into PokerListings coverage of the 2011 WSOP and be sure to check back for interviews and stories with the winner and runner-up.

Level
43
Blinds
1200000/2400000
Ante
300000
Average Stack
205,950,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
11/09/2011 (3 years ago)

2011 Main Event: Staszko Falls Short! (Second)

Martin Staszko
Czech-mate!

Martin Staszko came into the 2011 WSOP Main Event as the chip leader and put in a performance that nearly won him a world championship.

Nearly.

After the stunning hand that saw Staszko and Pius Heinz essentially trade stacks, Staszko was playing from the short stack.

With about 40 million chips to his name, Staszko looked down at T 7 and decided to ship it all in the middle.

Unfortunately for Staszko, Heinz woke up with a veritable monster in A K and made the quick call.

Staszko shook his head as he saw Heinz’ hand and knew that he would need some luck from the board if he wanted to swap stacks with the German at least one more time.

By this point the entire Penn and Teller amphitheater was rocking as fans realized this could be the final hand of the tournament.

The flop came 9 5 2 and the Heinz’ supporters went crazy as their hero was still ahead.

With tension so thick you could cut it with a knife the dealer flipped over a J turn. That changed nothing and Heinz was officially within one card of winning the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

The river came… 4!

The Penn and Teller amphitheater literally exploded with confetti as Heinz ran to his friends and family and embraced them.

Staszko, who was the first player from the Czech Republic to make the final table, finishes in second place and will receive $5.4 million for his efforts.

Stay tuned for a complete final table recap.

Level
43
Blinds
1200000/2400000
Ante
300000
Average Stack
205,950,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
11/09/2011 (3 years ago)

2011 Main Event: Heinz Stuns Staszko with Double

Pius Heinz
Pius Heinz is all smiles now.

It took more than five hours but we just had our first all-in and call of the heads-up match between Martin Staszko and Pius Heinz.

On the first hand of Level 43 Staszko completed and Heinz popped it up to 7.9 million pre-flop. Staszko called and the flop went down K T 7.

The German did not let up and moved 8.2 million in the pot. Staszko responded by pushing 17.5 million into the middle.

Heinz thought for a minute and announced quietly to the dealer that he was all-in. Staszko has acted fast for the majority of the final table and made a quick call.

The players revealed their hands and it turned out they were both drawing.

Pius Heinz: A Q

Martin Staszko: Q 9

The room was buzzing as Heinz’ tournament life was on the line and he definitely didn’t want to see any clubs.

The turn came 3 and then the river fell… 6!

Heinz successfully faded all of Staszko’s outs and is suddenly in command of the match with a huge chip lead.

Here’s how the chips looked after the gigantic hand played out:

Pius Heinz – 161,500,000

Martin Staszko – 44,400,000

Level
42
Blinds
1000000/2000000
Ante
300000
Average Stack
102,975,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
11/09/2011 (3 years ago)

2011 Main Event: Staszko Slips

Martin Staszko
You seen how much money is on this table?

Once again Martin Staszko has been unable to deal the killing blow to opponent Pius Heinz.

Heinz opened to 4 million and Staszko called. The flop came J 5 4 and Heinz immediately led out for 4.5 million.

Staszko thought he sensed weakness and threw 10.2 million into the pot. Instead Heinz re-raised all-in for his last 44.1 million.

Staszko carefully weighed his options for a few minutes but eventually decided he couldn’t make that call.

Heinz raked in that pot and, after adding a few more small pots, is gaining on Staszko. We've been heads-up now for close to five hours.

Here are the updated chip counts:

Martin Staszko – 126,000,000

Pius Heinz – 76,000,000

Level
42
Blinds
1000000/2000000
Ante
300000
Average Stack
102,975,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
11/09/2011 (3 years ago)

2011 Main Event: Trouble for Heinz

Pius Heinz's stalker
Pius Heinz is still loved.

Martin Staszko has put together a nice string of wins and Pius Heinz is starting to dip into danger territory. 

None of the pots were particularly big over the last 20 minutes but Staszko has been hammering the young German with a number of re-raises.

In perhaps the biggest pot of the last while both players checked their way to the turn of a K J 9 7 board.

Heinz bet 3 million and Staszko made the call, which brought the A river. Heinz fired again, this time for 6.5 million but Staszko wasn’t going anywhere and made the call.

Heinz immediately mucked and Staszko showed K 8 to take the pot.

The German lost a few pots after that hand and these are the updated chip counts:

Martin Staszko – 161,000,000

Pius Heinz – 44,900,000

Level
42
Blinds
1000000/2000000
Ante
300000
Average Stack
102,975,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
11/09/2011 (3 years ago)

2011 Main Event: Heinz Begins Slow Road to Recovery

Pius Heinz
Something, something, Ketchup joke.

Don’t look now but Pius Heinz is once again on his way to evening up the chip stacks.

There hasn’t been a ton of action over the last 10 minutes but Heinz has been consistently winning.

After winning three hands in a row, Heinz added this slightly more significant pot.

Heinz opened for 4 million pre-flop and Martin Staszko called bringing a A A J flop.

Staszko checked but Heinz threw 4 million more into the pot. Staszko flat-called and the turn came 9.

This time Staszko bet, putting 6 million into the pot. Heinz called and the board finished with the 4. Both players checked and Heinz showed 9-5, which was enough to win the pot.

So far neither player has shown the ability to close out an opponent and there’s no telling how long we could be here if Heinz re-takes the chip lead.

Here are the updated chip counts:

Martin Staszko – 129,000,000

Pius Heinz – 76,900,000

Level
42
Blinds
1000000/2000000
Ante
300000
Average Stack
102,975,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
11/09/2011 (3 years ago)

2011 Main Event: Staszko Takes Heinz to the Brink

Martin Staszko
So close.

The pressure is suddenly on Pius Heinz.

Martin Staszko called and Heinz checked his option to see a flop of J T 3. Both players checked and that brought the Q turn.

That’s when the fireworks began and Heinz threw 3 million into the pot. Staszko raised to 7.5 million and Heinz went into the tank, pondering his next move.

Finally Heinz called and that brought the 6 river. This time Heinz checked but Staszko chucked 10 million into the pot.

Heinz spent several minutes planning his next move but eventually decided to call. Staszko immediately showed K 9 for the king-high straight and that was enough to give Staszko the pot.

The Czech player now has a huge lead over Heinz. Here are the current chip counts:

Martin Staszko – 143,300,000

Pius Heinz – 62,600,000

Level
42
Blinds
1000000/2000000
Ante
300000
Average Stack
102,975,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
11/09/2011 (3 years ago)

2011 Main Event: Staszko Strikes Back

Heads-Up
Settle in, this might take awhile.

It seems like an understatement to call these two players evenly matched.

For the umpteenth time this heads-up match the chip lead has switched hands and Staszko is once again on top.

On the very first hand of Level 42, Heinz opened for 4.2 million and Staszko responded by raising to 11.5 million.

Heinz stared down his opponent but eventually opted to re-raise to 20.6 million. Staszko immediately moved all-in and the entire room was nervous as they waited for Heinz to make his choice.

In the end Heinz laid it down and the Staszko supporters went crazy. The Czech player once again has the chip lead and this how the chips currently look:

Martin Staszko – 109,900,000

Pius Heinz – 96,000,000

Level
42
Blinds
1000000/2000000
Ante
300000
Average Stack
102,975,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
11/09/2011 (3 years ago)

2011 Main Event: Heinz Overtakes Staszko

Bruce Buffer
This kid can PLAAAAAY!

Apparently you can’t keep a resilient German down and Heinz has once again taken the chip lead here at the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

Heinz has had all the momentum in the last 10 minutes and finally won a big enough pot to give him the chip lead.

The Cologne resident bet 2.7 million pre-flop and Staszko responded with a 9.5 million raise.

Heinz thought for a minute and then fired 19.9 million into the pot. Staszko thought for a couple minutes but, after some visible frustration, decided to lay his hand down. Heinz picks up a 20+ million pot without ever seeing a flop and he now has the chip lead.

We have yet to experience an all in and call in heads-up play.

Here how the stacks currently look at the final table:

Pius Heinz – 115,000,000

Martin Staszko – 92,800,000

Level
41
Blinds
800000/1600000
Ante
200000
Average Stack
102,975,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
11/09/2011 (3 years ago)

2011 Main Event: Heinz Wakes Up

Pius Heinz
Can Heinz catch up?

Pius Heinz seems to have survived the recent barrage of big Martin Staszko pots and just took down a big one of his own. 

Staszko finally opened a pot for a standard bet and Heinz raised to 5.1 million. Staszko thought for a minute but then called.

The flop ran out 9 4 2 and Heinz bet 5.1 million. Staszko called and the turn came 3.

This time Heinz checked but Staszko bet 7.5 million. Heinz opted to make the call and the river fell 5.

Both players apparently lost their will to bet at this point and checked it down.

Heinz showed T 9 and that was enough to prompt Staszko to throw his hand in the muck. The German won a few minor pots after that and is now closing in on Staszko’s chip lead. Staszko and Heinz have now been heads-up for nearly three hours.

Here are the latest counts:

Martin Staszko – 114,500,000

Pius Heinz – 91,400,000

Level
41
Blinds
800000/1600000
Ante
200000
Average Stack
102,975,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
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Event Information

Event Name
Event 58 - $10,000 Main Event World Championship
Venue
Date
2011-07-07
Final Day
2011-07-19
Buy In
$10,000
Entrants
6865
Prize Pool
$64,531,000
First Prize
$8,711,956

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Pius Heinz $8,711,956
2 Martin Staszko $5,430,928
3 Ben Lamb $4,019,635
4 Matt Giannetti $3,012,700
5 Phil Collins $2,269,599

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