About Pius Heinz
German professional poker player from Bonn
I (born 4 May 1989), the extremely talented and creative poker player from Bonn, am widely recognized as the victorious champion of the Main Event at the 2011 World Series of Poker. As the first-ever German player to secure the coveted Main Event bracelet, I have etched my name in the annals of poker history.
I was born in Bonn and raised in the village of Odendorf, Germany. I studied Business Psychology at the Hochschule Fresenius college in Cologne, which I put on hold in August 2011 to pursue my poker career as a part of Team Pokerstars. Currently, I am living in Vienna, Austria.
I started playing poker after watching the Main Event and High Stakes Poker on German TV. After playing a few games with my friends, I realized that poker is a game of skill. I immersed myself in studying the subject and ended up winning over $700,000 online. I also had some remarkable wins, like the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Mulligan in 2010 and a PokerStars $150,000 tournament in 2011. Since I developed my style online, I discovered that playing live can be tedious and requires a lot of patience. I had my first live tournament cash when I finished in 7th place in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event during my first 15 WSOP events. It brought me $83,286. For convenience, I registered for day 1-A of the WSOP Main Event, so I could leave as soon as possible if I got eliminated. My mother, who was watching the event, felt the stress and left the Penn & Teller Theater.