Pius Heinz in Seat Open and Lederer ban from the casinos

  • Pius Heinz sits down at Pokernews for Part 1 of their Seat Open series. Also, poker community fights to ban Howard Lederer out of the Las Vegas casinos.

  • It seems as if just yesterday Greg Merson took down WSOP 2012 Championship and you might even drift away on thinking about the past winners – Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Jamie Gold and more recent winners like Johnathan Duhamel and Pius Heinz. Actually, today Pokernews.com has released the Part 1 of their two-part interview series with Pius Heinz. You care to know how the 2011 Champion started out? You can check it out here.

    Team Pokerstars Pro and WSOP 2011 $10.000 Main Event champion Pius Heinz is a relatively quiet member of poker community. Even his twitter account (MastaO89) is filled up with tweets only when some major poker events are happening while he is not too keen on tweeting too much about his personal life.

    Pius Heinz is only 23 years old. His win in 2011 brought him a staggering $8.7 million. If you want to know more about, you can check out his bio or his official page. Below we give you Pokernews.com Seat Open Series with... Pius Heinz Part 1 and as soon as Part 2 is released, we will also post it here.

    Pius Heinz Seat Open with Pokernews

    And in case you missed the 2011 WSOP, here is Pokernews' Kristy Arnett talking with Pius Heinz a few minutes after his big win in the WSOP:

    Howard Ledered Ban

    If you have been following poker players' news you must have heard that Howard Lederer is back to playing public live poker tournaments. This has made many players very angry because the money (over $200 million of players poker funds) are still frozen. Many poker players think that as Lederer is being accused of stealing the money, playing high stakes games before players receive their funds is kind of an insult.

    So the poker community told what they think about that by signing a petition that asks Aria Casino in Las Vegas to ban Howard Lederer from the games. On one hand the movement shows some progress as the initiator of the petition, Nick DiVella has had a meeting with Aria Management. On the other hand, despite the huge support from the pros such as Johnathan Duhamel and Isaac Haxton, many pros doubt that Aria will go forward with the petition.

    The big problem here is that Howard Ledered has not even been convicted on anything. Moreover, he even filed a motion to dismiss the charges that claims:

    “Defendant and Claimant Howard Lederer hereby moves the Court to dismiss the $42.5 million in personal claim against Lederer for money laundering, along with the First and Second Claims for Relief in rem.”

    As the story progresses, we will let you know. Stay tuned for more news about poker players.