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Pius Heinz of Germany holds up stacks of cash after defeating Martin Staszko of the Czech Republic to win the championship bracelet and $8.7 million in first-place prize money during the World Series of Poker Main Event early Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2011, at the Rio. In the background are 2010 winner Jonathan Duhamel and ESPN reporter Kara Scott.
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Pius Heinz’s mother rushed down to the Penn & Teller Theater lobby with outstretched arms ready for a congratulatory embrace approximately 15 minutes after her son won the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event. She had left the theater long ago, finding it too stressful to watch Heinz compete in the biggest moment of his life for so many unimaginable goals and $8.7 million. Heinz himself was never nervous.