Pius Heinz

Pius Heinz ( born May 4, 1989 in Swisttal- Odendorf ) is a professional German poker player, the 2011 world poker champion. He has lived in Vienna since 2011.


Pius Heinz grew up near Bonn in Odendorf. He attended the City College Rhine river, where he made his Abitur in 2008. Then he performed community service in the North Eifel workshops in Euskirchen cake home.

Then he began a study of economic psychology at the Hochschule Fresenius in Cologne, which he left to rest because of his poker career since August 2011.

Heinz began around 18 years playing poker as a hobby. Since reaching the November Nine in the summer of 2011 in Las Vegas, he is a professional poker player, he was also the summer of 2011 to January 2013 part of the PokerStars team. He began his poker career on the Internet, where he won numerous tournaments in online poker. Since 2011, he devoted himself increasingly to live poker.

Tournament successes

In summer 2011 he managed to reach the final table, which began on November 6, 2011 at the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. In preparation, he engaged the German professional poker player Johannes Strassmann as a coach. After a lengthy heads-up phase with several changing chip leads he sat down on 9 November 2011 against Czech Martin Staszko through and secured the first place with bracelet and about 8.7 million U.S. dollars in prize money. He is the first German to win the World Series of Poker Main Event. Also in 2011 he reached the seventh place at the final table of the $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.

Even if he could not repeat his success of 2011 in the following years, he got both 2012 with a 236 place in the $ 1,500 No- Limit Hold'em and a 43rd place in the $ 2,500 No- Limit Hold ' em, as in 2013 with a 112 place in the $ 1,500 No- limit Hold'em in the money.

In August 2011, Pius Heinz won a side event at EPT Barcelona. The radiated 20 December 2011 23 TV Total Pokerstars.de night he won as well.

In April 2012, appeared a Heinz together with Stephan Kalhamer authored book, in which he analyzes all hands from the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event 2011.


  • Pius Heinz Book: My hands on the way to the poker world champion: Overnight to poker millionaire - AniMazing, Regensburg 2012, ISBN 978-3-940163-27-1.