Pius Heinz, who hails from Cologne Germany, became a professional poker player only earlier this year, against the wishes of his mother, who wanted him to enter the Church. Pius, who enjoys female strippers, schnapps and recreational drugs just said no to the church, and instead spent his time hunting for online poker bonuses.
This year the WSOP Main event has 6685 of the toughest traditional and online poker masters, who each ponied up the $10,000 entry fee for a chance at eternal glory as well as the $8,715,638 first place prize.
The runner up, a Czech player walked away with a $5.43 million consolation prize, not that he will have to weep too much since that’s more money than his entire village made in a century.
The German world poker champion turned out to be an astute businessman, making a deal with the king of online poker – Poker Stars – where he can be found playing so anyone can see if they have what it takes to beat the current world champion of poker.
“I hereby proudly announce that I am the 2011 world series of poker Champion !! I did it for Germany,” shouted Heinze to be overheard above the roar of fans and the din coming from hundreds of encamped international reporters. Pius Heinz not only becomes the first German to win the World Series of Poker.
Earlier this week, Jonathan Duhamel, the 26-year-old Canadian defeated 23-year-old American John Racener, winning a WSOP bracelet along with an $8,944,138 prize. Jonathan Duhamel is the first Canadian player to capture the coveted Main Event bracelet.
2010 World Series of Poker was the 41st annual WSOP tour. The tour culminated in the Main Event held at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The event stated back on 03 July, but after reaching the final table of nine players on July 17, the final table was delayed until 06 November.
PokerStars-sponsored Duhamel beat out 7,319 other players to capture the win. Of the nine players who competed at the final table last weekend, only Michael Mizrachi had ever one a WSOP bracelet, but the American only finished 5th this year.
After winning the 2010 WSOP Main Event, Jonathan Duhamel announced that he would be setting aside $100 000 of his winnings to the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, purportedly the largest donation that the group has ever received from an individual.
“It’s an enormous amount,” said Canadiens spokesman Donald Beauchamp. “It’s quite remarkable, and this was completely his idea. We had nothing to do with it. So to do this for the foundation is truly appreciated by the entire organization.”
Jonathan Duhamel started his poker career just three years ago, with a $100 investment at an online poker site in Canada.