German Pius Heinz, 22, (above, left) has defeated Martin Staszko, 35, (above, right) to win the title at the 2011 World Series of Poker main event – oh, and a pot of $8.75 million. The win came early Wednesday morning (Nov. 9). The winning hand? An ace high.
Staszco went all-in on pocket cards of the seven and 10 of clubs. Heinz called holding an ace and a king. the flop came five of clubs, two of diamonds, nine of spades, followed by a turn jack of hearts and a river four of diamonds. No help for either player, so Heinz won the whole thing.
“Honestly I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the money. Probably my family is going to get a couple gifts,” Heinz tells the AP. “It’s got to be the happiest day of my life. But I can’t believe what happened — it’s unreal.”
Staszko does not go home empty-handed. He will wins $5.43 million for second place. He says he’ll be back next year.
Once it was down to heads-up play, the two men weathered 119 hands before one of them won the tournament. Pius’ winnings are the third-largest jackpot in WSOP main event history.
“It was just awesome to have so many of your friends and family following you, cheering you,” says Heinz.
The World Series of Poker takes place every year in Las Vegas. Up until 2005, it was held at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino, but now takes place at the Rio Hotel and Casino.