Pius Heinz is a German poker player who won the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event for $8.7 million. Just before the start of the final table in November, 2011 Heinz signed a deal with PokerStars and became the member of Team PokerStars Pro.
Heinz was born in 1989 in Bonn, Germany. Twenty-two years later he became the first German player to reach the World Series of Poker Main Event final table and become a member of the 2011 WSOP's November Nine. Not only was he the first German at the final table, he also managed to emerge from just seventh in chips before the start of the play, to the very top and eventually win the WSOP title.
Heinz picked up poker while he was studying Business Psychology at the Hochschule Fresenius college in Cologne. It was due to the televised poker events such as the World Series of Poker and High Stakes Poker that Heinz and his friends learned about the game and quickly started building their skills playing home games. Soon after Heinz took his game to the online felt and in 2011 he was already in Vegas playing the World Series.
World Series of Poker
The 2011 WSOP was Heinz's first major live event and so far the most successful. He made his first money finish final tableing the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event and collecting over $80,000 for his 7th place finish. Next step was the $10,000 Main Event. Heinz grinded his way through the field of 6864 players for eight days and survived up until the final table. However, when the play resumed in November, Heinz was only third from the bottom in chips and needed to put his A-game to the table. And that was exactly what the young German did. He outplayed the rest of the final table crew and won the WSOP title beating another Team PokerStars Pro, Czech Martin Staszko in the heads-up match.
Pius Heinz's Top 4 WSOP Results
|2011||$10,000 Main Event||1st||$8,715,368|
|2011||$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em||7th||$83,286|
|2012||$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em||43rd||$14,039|
|2012||$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em||236th||$2,992|
European Poker Tour
So far Heinz has three EPT money finishes to his name, with definitely more to come his way in the future. Heinz entered his first EPT event in 2011and instantly live up to his potential by scoring first place finish in the €1,000 No-Limit Hold'em - Turbo Bounty event in Barcelona, Spain. Heinz then went to the Czech capital Prague where he cached in the €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for €4,700. In early 2012 he traveled to the Caribbean for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and recorded a fifth place finish in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em - 8 Max event for $46,000.
Pius Heinz's Top 3 EPT Results
|2011||Barcelona €1,000 No-Limit Hold'em - Turbo Bounty||1st||€17,450|
|2012||PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em - 8 Max||5th||$45,980|
|2011||Prague €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em||23rd||€4,700|
Apart from the WSOP and EPT Heinz has one more money finish in his record which he scored in 2012 at the GCOP II Vol. 5/6 €10,000 High Roller Event in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. He collected €60,000 in prize money for his third place finish.
At the online tables Heinz is known for winning the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Mulligan in 2010 and a PokerStars $150K tournament in 2011.
Just before the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event final table Pius Heinz signed a sponsorship deal with the online poker giant PokerStars and became a member the the site's Team Pro Germany. Heinz and PokerStars parted ways when his contract came to an end in 2012.
Did you know?
- Heinz entered Day 1a of the 2011 WSOP Main Event so that he could get out of there and go home as soon as possible in case he got busted.
- The $8.7 million WSOP Main Event prize was Heinz's only second live tournament money finish.