Martin Staszko open-shoved all-in from the button for 39.5 million with . Having Staszko covered, Pius Heinz made the quick call after squeezing out the . Fans on both sides erupted with enthusiasm for their favorite players.
The first three cards on the board were the . A momentary lull hit before the fans for each player started screaming again.
The turn card brought the and another four outs for Staszko to win the hand. It would take a 7, 8, or 10 to double back into contention. He had 10 outs once and he was looking for a life line.
The river peeled off the and the stage became a raging river of fans as Heinz rushed over to the rail. The celebration had begun.
Martin Staszko was at the rail, head down, wrapped in the arms of his fans that were closest to him. The smiling man from the Czech Republic was not smiling now but he played his heart out and the world knows it! He took home $5,433,086 for second place. He'll be back.
Pius Heinz is the first WSOP Main Event Champion in history from Germany. At the ripe young age of 22, Heinz took down the most coveted title in the poker world, the gold bracelet, and $8,715,638 for his victory.