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22-year-old German wins poker World Series

The Local · 9 Nov 2011, 10:51

Published: 09 Nov 2011 10:51 GMT+01:00

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Heinz had to battle his way through an initial field of 6,865 players from 85 countries in the $10,000 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em scrum, held over 12 days in the US gambling mecca of Las Vegas last summer.

Heinz arrived at the finale ranked seventh out of the final nine players but gradually edged out the others, including 2011 "Player of the Year" Ben Lamb, an American who "busted out in shocking fashion" Tuesday night, WSOP said.

Heinz then battled top-ranked Czech player Martin Staszko to a final hand in which the German won with an ace-king, walking away with more than $8.7 million, followed by Staszko with $5.4 million and Lamb with $4.0 million.

Players from Belize, Britain, the Czech Republic, Germany and Ukraine outnumbered Americans making the cut last July to compete in this week's finale, reflecting the growing global popularity of the game.

Last year's champion Jonathan Duhamel hailed from Montreal, Peter Eastgate of Denmark won in 2009 and Australian Joe Hachem triumphed in 2005.

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11:39 November 9, 2011 by auniquecorn
yep, time to move to switzerland
12:13 November 9, 2011 by raandy
Nice! the tax will be severe,if he lost it all there I am sure he would not be able to claim it as a deduction when filing his tax return.
15:59 November 9, 2011 by jmclewis
Congrats will you stay or head south?
02:32 November 10, 2011 by hanskarl
and another 26 year old German won this weekend but in China... WGC-HSBC Champions: Martin Kaymer's stunning late charge seals title in Shanghai. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/golf/8872680/WGC-HSBC-Champions-Martin-Kaymers-stunning-late-charge-seals-title-in-Shanghai.html
09:35 November 10, 2011 by showtyd75
spend it wisely or move to switzerland
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