It's over. Heads-up play took well over 100 hands and over six hours, but the World Series of Poker main event is over.
And Pius Heinz is your 2011 champion.
We've seen some pretty entertaining final tables over the years, but this one was a marathon that was hard to take your eyes off of. For Tuesday night and the early part of Wednesday morning, Pius Heinz and Martin Staszko simply wouldn't budge.
All the while, the chip lead went back and forth and back and forth. Shortly after midnight local time, Heinz went all-in and won a huge breakthrough hand to wrest the chip lead from Staszko. A few hands later, he went all-in one more time, and he won again.
Just like that, he had himself a championship bracelet and a $8,715,638 payday.
So then...what did we learn?
Good question. Let's discuss the matter, shall we?