The 2011 WSOP is nearing bracelet time. The November nine is now down to three. Those three will resume play Tuesday, November 8th at 9 p.m. EST.
The 2011 WSOP has concluded and 22-year-old Pius Heinz is the Main Event champion. He is the first ever German winner of the main event and the fourth straight winner to be 22 or younger.
Heinz proudly tweeted the news himself.
Heinz had to come from behind to pull of this victory. After starting play with a big chip lead he quickly found himself behind Marin Stszko after Stszko eliminated Ben Lamb.
Here is Heinz, as quoted on onlinepoker.net, about his state of mind as he was trailing:
“The heads-up, for the most part, just didn’t go my way. I just never made a hand. I just thought I’m going to play my game, play as good as I can and hope the cards eventually fall my way.”
Along with the gold bracelet Heinz pocketed $8,715,638 for the win. Stszko came in second and Lamb third.
Here are the three players remaining and their chip count.
|Player ||Chip Count ||Country|
| Pius Heinz || 107,800,000 ||Germany|
| Ben Lamb || 55,400,000 ||USA |
|Martin Stszko||42,700,000||Czech Republic|
22-year-old Pius Heinz has a clear advantage as he has almost twice as many chips as his closest competitor Ben Lamb. But as Heinz can attest chip fortunes can turn quickly.
Heinz was in danger of being eliminated on Sunday. He began in seventh and soon found himself in ninth. Then, with a little luck, things quickly turned around for Heinz.
Heinz is the first German to ever make the final table.
Heinz has had some nice results in his young career, but nothing comes close to what he is accomplishing now.
His live tournament cashes consist of a 7th place finish at this year’s WSOP $1,500 no-limit for $83,286, and a 1st place finish at the €1,000 EPT Barcelona that netted him €17,450.
The three remaining players are guaranteed at least a prize of $4,021,138. The winner will take home the coveted gold bracelet and the even more coveted $8,715,636 prize money.
Even with the big lead do not give this bracelet to Heinz. Ben Lamb has been on a tear this year.
At the 2011 WSOP Lamb has already cashed in five times for a total of $1,331,832.
This included winning a bracelet at the $10k PLO Championship, a second place finish at the $3k PLO event, an eighth at the $50k Poker Players Championship, and 12th at the $10k NL Six Handed.
A win at the Main Event would cap one of the greatest WSOP runs anyone has ever seen.