German Pius Heinz Wins 2011 WSOP Main Event
22-year old Pius Heinz, from Cologne, Germany, is the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion after defeating Martin Staszko and Ben Lamb Last night in Vegas.
Heinz started the final three as the chip leader, but all eyes were on Ben Lamb, the WSOP Player of the Year, who started the day in 2nd.
Czech player Martin Staszko was the short stack but still had plenty of chips.
In the end, Heinz and Staszko battled for six hours heads-up before Heinz sealed the win and $8.7 million first-place prize.
Lamb Out in Four Hands
Ben Lamb had what you could call his "Joseph Cheong Moment" in the very first hand of play.
He decided to four-bet shove all-in over Staszko with Kh-Jd. Staszko held pocket sevens and made the call.
This was the third time in a row that Ben Lamb was all-in during the November Nine and behind. Unlike his first two times, he was unable to suckout and doubled-up Staszko.
Lamb was left with just 12.7 million after the hand.
Just three hands later, Lamb open shoved all-in. Again, Staszko had another pocket pair in jacks. Lamb held Qs-6h.
Lamb failed to to double-up as the board fell seven high and was eliminated in 3rd place. He took home $4.02 million for his fantastic run.
Pius Heinz Wins 2011 WSOP Main Event
After Lamb's elimination, Staszko led Pius Heinz heading into heads-up play. The two would trade the chip lead several times over the next few hours before Staszko began to pull away.
Just when it looked like Staszko was closing in on a win, Heinz was able to find his spot to double his way back into contention.
On a flop of Ks-10c-7c, Heinz led out for 8 million. Staszko raised to 17.5 million before Heinz decided to ship it for 70 million.
Staszko waited only 30 seconds to call and showed Qc-9c for a flush and gutshot straight draw. Heinz showed Ah-Qh for just a broadway draw.
The turn and river failed to complete Staszko's draws and Heinz had 161 million.
A few hands later, Staszko open-shoved with 10c-7c and Heinz made the easy call with As-Ks. Staszko picked up a straight draw on the turn but failed to hit any of his outs on the river.
Pius Heinz is the 2011 WSOP Main Event Champion and the first ever Main Event Champion from Germany.
He received the championship bracelet as well as $8.7 million in prize money.