Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in €5,000
Prize Pool €3,865,000
Players 773

Level Info

Level 32
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 20,000
Main Event
Day 5 Completed

Ben Wilinofsky is the EPT Berlin 2011 Champion, Winning €825,000!

[user46298] • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 20,000 ante
Ben Wilinofsky
Ben Wilinofsky

The final hand here at the Spielbank, Berlin has given accomplished online player Ben Wilinofsky his first live result - and what a result it is - an EPT trophy and €825,000 in prize money!

Runner-up Max Heinzelmann gave as good as he got for over two days, but could not overcome the combination of huge final table chip advantage held by the Canadian qualifier and his relentless aggression and has to settle for a mere half million Euros.

In his post match interview, Wilinofsky said, "I couldn't have imagined this three or four days ago at the start of the tournament. It was worth the wait!"

"It wasn't mine for the taking from the beginning - I had to play very well and run very well," he added, delighted to have broken his live tournament duck. One of the chattiest and friendliest final tables we've seen on the EPT made a big impression on the new champion, who repeatedly expressed his respect and liking for all of his final table opponents.

"On top of that, you have won a Shamballa bracelet!" added Michelle Orpe.


"A what?"

Looking a little dazed but delighted, he accepted his trophy with a rail made up of high rollers, press and the earlier bustouts.

"How does this anyone?" he wondered.

To see a list of all 120 paid places in this tournament, please visit the 'Payouts' tab above.

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Tags: Ben Wilinofsky

Max Heinzelmann Eliminated in 2nd Place (€500,000)

Homer • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 20,000 ante
Max Heinzelmann
Max Heinzelmann

They say never go broke in a limped pot, but that's exactly what happened to Max Heinzelmann, though admittedly he got it in as good as he could have hoped.

Ben Wilinofsky had limped in and Heinzelmann checked his option to see an {8-Spades}{5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} flop. The German led out for 225,000 and Wilinofsky raised to 500,000 before Heinzelmann moved all-in for 4.025 million.

Wilinofsky looked vexed, "This is sick because I'm ahead of some of the hands you do this with..." He tanked a little longer and then finally said, "I call though."

Heinzelmann: {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Wilinofsky: {7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}

Heinzelmann had started the heads up as a 70:30 dog, but now he was roughly the same percentage to double up and get back into the battle.

The turn was the {9-Spades} making Wilinofsky's straight but handing Heinzelmann two pair and some outs on the river. The final card after what seemed like an eternal dwell from the dealer was the {j-Hearts} which did not change anything.

The consolation for Heinzelmann is a cool €500,000 which no doubt keep him from being too disappointed.

Tags: Ben WilinofskyMax Heinzelmann


FIrst Heads Up Break

[user46298] • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

So they've made it to the end of the level! 15 minutes off the one-on-one preflop fight-fest.

Heinzelmann Four-Bet Folds Again


Max Heinzelmann raised to 320,000 on the button and Ben Wilinofsky made it 860,000 in the big blind.

"How much is it? 860k?" asked Heinzelmann, the dealer responded in the positive.

Heinzelmann then cut out chips and made it 1,910,000 to go.

"Can I get a count on much you're playing please?" asked Wilinofsky. Just over five million was the reply.

Wilinofsky moved all-in and Heinzelmann snap-folded.

Ben Wilinofsky ca
Ben Wilinofsky
ca 17,850,000 2,065,000
Max Heinzelmann
Max Heinzelmann
5,275,000 -2,070,000

Tags: Ben WilinofskyMax Heinzelmann

One Win for Wilinofsky Both In Position and Out


Ben Wilinofsky raised the button (320k) and Max Heinzelmann made the call. He check-folded to Wilinofsky's 400,000 bet on the {K-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} flop.

The next hand Heinzelmann made the same raise and received the same preflop flat call. He bet similarly (425,000) when Wilinofsky checked the {K-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} flop but folded when he was check-raised quickly to 1,100,000.

Ben Wilinofsky ca
Ben Wilinofsky
ca 15,785,000 -1,680,000
Max Heinzelmann
Max Heinzelmann
7,345,000 1,680,000

Tags: Max HeinzelmannBen Wilinofsky

Huge Pot Ends in a Chop

[user46392] • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Ben Wilinofsky raised the button and Max Heinzelmann called to see a flop.

Heinzelmann check-called 400,000 from Wilinofsky on the {q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} flop and another 1.1 million on the {5-Hearts} turn. They got to the {2-Diamonds} river and Heinzelmann check-called a third time, this time the bet from Wilinofsky consisting of 1.7 million after a little dwell. Exciting stuff! But come showdown they turned over {a-}{9-} apiece and chopped up the 7 million pot.

Tags: Ben WilinofskyMax Heinzelmann

Heinzelmann's Max-im of Pure Aggression

Homer • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Max Heinzelmann
Max Heinzelmann

Max Heinzelmann raised to 320,000 and Ben Wilinofsky made the call to see a {k-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop.

Wilinofsky checked the flop and Heinzelmann made a bet of 275,000 which the Canadian called to see the {10-Hearts} turn. Wilinofsky checked again and Heinzelmann fired 550,000 this time but was called a second time.

The river was the {k-Diamonds} and Wilinofsky checked agan, Heinzelmann said, "I check, I have {a-}{7-}."

Wilinofsky mucked, Heinzelmann won't give this up without a fight.

Tags: Ben WilinofskyMax Heinzelmann