Born and raised in Miami, Hans Winzeler learned how to play the game of poker back in 2000. Although he started out with the classic Hold’em, he got into Omaha – the dynamic 4-card variant – where a significant amount of his winnings have now come. He is a multi-talented player that has achieved success live and online in both tournaments and cash games.
Before Black Friday struck in 2011, Hans played regularly online and picked up a number of big scores under the alias ‘miAmihAns’ on PokerStars. Less than one year into his online career, Hans finished runner-up in the Sunday Million for $136,092 – winning more than 632 times his initial $215 buy-in. His MTT earnings in this arena came near to the $1 million mark before online poker was outlawed in the U.S. in 2011.
After this event that uprooted many online poker grinders, Hans began playing more on the live circuit and has earned no less than 6 six-figure scores since then. A number of these have come at the WSOP – the largest of which occurred in 2011 when Hans finished runner-up in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed event for $383,075. This was the first of three WSOP final tables that Hans reached – with two coming at the same series. After coming within touching distance of the gold, the American got another shot at it just four days later when he final-tabled the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event. Unfortunately, this time he was the first to go when he busted in ninth.
Clearly becoming his speciality, Winzeler made a third table final in the same PLO format the following year. On this occasion, he exited in fourth-place in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed event, pocketing $134,857 as a consolation prize.
Despite a plethora of large live tournament scores amounting to a total which exceeds $2,000,000, Hans is still chasing his first major title. For a player of his calibre, it should only be a matter of time until he claims it.