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Pius Heinz leads the 2011 World Series of Poker

German professional Pius Heinz holds a big chip lead with three players remaining at the 2011 World Series of Poker. The 22-year-old, who last week signed a sponsorship deal with PokerStars to become a Team PokerStars Pro, finished the day’s play with 107.8m chips, some way ahead of American Ben Lamb with 55.4m and Czech player Martin Staszko with 42.7m.

Heinz began the November Nine final table in seventh place but outlasted Sam Holden, Anton Makiievskyi, Bob Bounahra, Eoghan O'Dea, Phil Collins and Matt Giannetti to make it to the final three. The last hand of the day saw Lamb’s Kings improve to quads on the flop, crushing Giannetti’s A-3 and sending the American home in fourth place for $3,012,700.

The winner of the 2011 World Series of Poker receives $8,715,638, with the runner-up rewarded with $5,433,086. The third-place finisher takes home $4,021,138.

A total of 6,865 players entered the $10,000 buy-in event, creating a total prizepool of $64,540,858.
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