WSOP 2011 Final Starts 9pm EST: Heinz, Lamb And Staszko Battle For Poker GloryNovember 8, 2011 8:29 am
The waiting to decide who will be crowned the 2011 WSOP Main Event Champion is almost over as Pius Heinz (22), Ben Lamb (26), and Martin Staszko (35) prepare to battle it out one more time for a place in poker history.
With the blinds staring at 600k/1.2m and an ante of 200k, here is how the final three stack-up:.
Pius Heinz (107,800,000)
Pius Heinz from Cologne, Germany, is an internet specialist who has earned $708,984 playing online under the screen name “MastaP89.” The newly recruited member of Team PokerStars Pro only cashed in at his first live tournament at this year WSOP $1,500 NL Event, where he placed 7th for $83,286. Heinz has since gone on to take down the €1,000 EPT Barcelona Turbo Bounty for $25,032, and currently has $108,318 in live cashes,. That, however, is all about to change dramatically with a staggering $8,715,636 payday now within grasp.
Pius Heinz starts the day as chip leader and commenting ahead of tonight’s conclusive finale, said:
“It would be awesome [to win]. Obviously I’ve got a ways to go yet but it would mean a lot to me to be the first German winner. It could have a really big impact on the game in my country.”
Ben Lamb (55,400,000)
Ben Lamb is representing the USA in tonight’s showdown, and is not only the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year, but is also expected to win the Card Player POY Award, as well. With a WSOP bracelet to his name, Ben Lamb has won $2,553,878 playing live since 2006 and a further $1,131,871 online as “Benba.” Commenting on tonights final session, Lamb said:
“You can’t win this tournament without getting lucky. Whoever is on the right side of it and plays well is hopefully going to be the winner.”
Martin Stszko (42,700,000)
Martin Staszko from the Czech Republic is an “expert” Chess player, who started playing poker around a year ago. Since then, he has had 7 live tournament cashes for $91,732, and won a further $180,763 online under the screen name “filfedra.”
Commenting on Sunday’s action in which he was practically card dead for the whole day, Martin Staszko said:
“It was difficult but I still have my stack. It would have been a lot easier if I had good cards. I hope tomorrow will be better…I know these players and they know me. It’ll be a different game with three players.”
The play resumes tonight at 9pm EST as the much anticipated and exciting WSOP 2011 Main Event Final Table reaches its ultimate conclusion.