Pius Heinz of Cologne, Germany is a 22-year-old student who first learned poker via home games with friends. This marks his first World Series of Poker, and it has been a successful one, including a final table in Event No. 48 where he finished seventh to earn $83,286.
Like the chip leader Martin Staszko, Heinz shares the accolade that he is the first player from his home country to reach the WSOP Main Event final table. No other German has ever made it this far.
Outside of this final table and the aforementioned seventh-place finish, Heinz has one other live cash on record. During the November Nine hiatus, Heinz won a €1,000 side event at the European Poker Tour Barcelona for €17,450.
Those results don't seem like a whole lot of things to be proud of, but Heinz does most of his poker playing online. In fact, he's won over $700,000 playing across PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Party Poker under the moniker 'MastaP89'. His largest score online was a $61,072 win in the Sunday Mulligan.