LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A win at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas has given 22-year-old Pius Heinz of Germany more than just $8.72 million.
He can finally relax after 3 1/2 months of dwelling on the final table and thoughts before then about whether poker was a good choice.
Heinz says he'd lost tens of thousands of dollars in the six months prior to the series' start in May, and was thinking about going back to school instead of making his money playing cards.
After winning the no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event early Wednesday, Heinz says he can play poker around the world without worrying about how he'll pay the bills.
But first, he plans to decompress from the thinker's game that resulted in personal excitement, frustration and eventually triumph.