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Pius Heinz Wins 2011 WSOP Main Event

A new Main Event champion has been crowned, with German Pius Heinz winning the 2011 WSOP Main Event and taking home more than $8.7 million in cash and the unofficial world championship of the poker world.

Heinz defeated Martin Staszko of the Czech Republic after a long heads-up battle that saw the young German overcome a 4-1 chip disadvantage at one point to finally prevail and take down the victory.

Staszko collected $5,430,928 for his runner-up finish, with American Ben Lamb finishing third for $4,019,635.

The 2011 Main Event drew nearly 7,000 entrants at the Rio in Las Vegas during July, with that massive field trimmed down to a final table of nine players before play was halted until November.

Those nine remaining players (dubbed the November Nine) returned last Sunday to Las Vegas to play down to the last three men standing, with another pause until November 8 when the final three would play until a winner was declared.

Heinz became the first German player to ever win the Main Event, with the 22 year old going from considering giving up online gambling earlier in 2011 to becoming its latest Main Event champion and richer by nearly $9 million.

2011 WSOP November Nine Final Table Results

1st - Pius Heinz (Germany) - $8,711,956

2nd - Martin Staszko (Czech Republic)- $5,430,928

3rd - Ben Lamb (USA) - $4,019,635

4th - Matt Giannetti (USA) - $3,011,661

5th - Phil Collins (USA) - $2,268,909

6th - Eoghan O'Dea (Ireland) - $1,720,396

7th - Badih Bounahra (Belize) - $1,313,851

8th - Anton Makiievskyi (Lithuania) - $1,009,910

9th - Sam Holden (U.K.) - $782,115

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09-Nov-2011, 11:24


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