Shortly after midnight, 22-year-old Pius Heinz became the first world champion from Germany. He won $8.7 million after storming back from more than a 3-1 deficit in his heads-up battle against the Cezch Republic's Martin Staszko.
In the final hand, Heinz went all-in preflop with with As-Kc against Staszko's 10c-7c. The board ran out 9s-5c-2d-Jh-4d. Heinz won the two-day finale, which began Sunday afternoon inside the Penn and Teller Theatre at the Rio, with Ace-high.
"It's got to be the happiest day of my life," Heinz told the Associated Press. "But I can't believe what happened—it's unreal."
For his runner-up performance, Staszko collected $5.4 million, while Las Vegas resident Ben Lamb finished third to the tune of a little more than $4 million.
Final Table Results:
1st - Pius Heinz - $8,711,956
2nd - Martin Staszko - $5,430,928
3rd - Ben Lamb - $4,019,635
4th - Matt Giannetti - $3,011,661
5th - Phil Collins - $2,268,909
6th - Eoghan O'Dea - $1,720,396
7th - Badih "Bob" Bounahra - $1,313,851
8th - Anton Makiievskyi - $1,009,910
9th - Sam Holden - $782,115