German professional poker player Heinz Pius (22) has won over $8.72 million at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) after nearly three-and-a-half month of gaming at the final table. Heinz told reporters that the series was something like “do-or-die time” for him.

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Speaking about the difficulties of playing online, he said: “Playing online was rough, and I definitely felt like, if my series does not go well, I’m definitely going to start doing something real, basically. Definitely focus on making progress in my life because I didn’t want to waste the next five years of my life — which are arguably the best five years of your life.”

His $8.72 million win at the WSOP has eliminated all worries of paying bills, leaving him free to say that he can now play poker at several places around the world without worrying about the money. He says: “This is the spot you want to be in, where you do not have to grind and you can just play when you actually do feel like it. When you’re a professional who hasn’t had a huge score, it doesn’t work like that.”

Heinz also said that he had lost a lot of money during the six months just before the WSOP and that he was seriously considering giving up his attempts to make money playing poker and getting back to school. Instead, he headed over to the US for the first time in his life to participate in the 58-tournament WSOP, held at the Rio.

Heinz performance at the WSOP Main Event final table was quite spectacular. He started with the smallest chip stack and ended as the player with the largest chip stack, eliminating six opponents on Sunday. On Tuesday, he fell behind Martin Staszko after four hands and Ben Lamb grabbed the third place. In the tough poker battle that ensued, Heinz won when he got an ace high and finally won the final hand.

Staszko, a chess player hailing from the Czech Republic, collected a cool prize of $5.43, but he wasn’t overjoyed about it because he was looking forward to winning the coveted WSOP bracelet. Speaking about his win, he said: “It’s not too bad. Second place is OK.”

Heinz, who recently became a sponsored player at PokerStars, says that he now intends to play at prestigious live poker events worldwide and that he will start with the Prague leg of the European Poker Tour (EPT).

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