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Pius Heinz is WSOP Main Event champion

Pius Heinz has won the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event.

The Team PokerStars pro saw off the challenges of Ben Lamb and Martin Staszko to claim the coveted bracelet and a first prize of $8.72m.

The 22-year-old German had begun the November Nine final table down in seventh position but muscled his way to the chip lead by the close of the day’s play when just three players remained.

When the action resumed following a day-long break, American player Lamb was the first to exit after tangling with Czech opponent Staszko early on. That left just Heinz and Staszko, who had held the chip lead at the beginning of the November Nine stage.

A long heads-up battled ensued with Heinz eventually coming out on top when his A-K held up against Staszko’s 10-7. The victory left Heinz as the last man standing from a field of 6,865 runners, guaranteeing him instant worldwide poker fame as well as a huge financial reward.

“Honestly I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the money,” he said following his victory. “Probably my family is going to get a couple of gifts.”
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