There is no proof that signing a deal with PokerStars helps you win the World Series of Poker Main Event, but German poker pro Pius Heinz might do just that. On Friday, November 4th he signed a deal with the world's largest online poker site, joining Team PokerStars Germany, and now he's the WSOP Main Event chip leader with just 3 players left holding half of the chips in play.
Only 22 years old Heinz is one of the most prominent young guns in the industry with over $700,000 in online tournament winnings, plus another $100,000 in live earnings. However, he is about to score the biggest cash out in his poker career and beat all of his previous winnings by a long shot as he already secured a $4 million cash prize (should he end the WSOP Main Event performance in third place). Still, that doesn't seem likely as Heinz currently leads the final table with a 2-1 advantage over both of his opponents and has a good chance of actually winning the major poker trophy of the year along with $8.7 million in cash.
Despite his young age, November Nine is not Heinz's first WSOP final table – he was among the top 9 players back in June at the WSOP Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em where he finished in seventh place and cashed $83,000. And although seventh was his position when entering the Main Event final table, Heinz managed to climb all the way up to the chip leader spot and now has the solid lead against his two rivals - Ben Lamb, and Martin Staszko.
“I’m pretty relaxed about the game,” said Heinz in an interview after signing with PokerStars. “There are a lot of tough players left but I’m confident I can win it. Joining PokerStars has given me an extra lift, too. I’m looking forward to being part of the team.”
Heinz became the member of the German Team PokerStars joining the pros already representing the site in Germany: Sanda Naujoks, Sebastian Ruthenberg and Boris Becker.
“Pius has all the qualities needed to be a great poker player, and he has played a tough and intelligent game to get to the WSOP final table,” Heinz's new teammate Sandra Naujoks said. “We’ll be rooting for him to win on Sunday and I’m excited to see another top player join the ranks of Team PokerStars.”
Once the World Series Main Event is done, Heinz will go back to Europe to play the first official poker event wearing his new team colors. He is set to enter the European Poker Tour event in Prague starting December 5th. But until that happens, be sure to follow the latest news from the WSOP Main Event final table here at PokerWorks!
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