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WSOP 2011 November Nine – Martin Staszko

Martin Staszko is a 35-year-old poker ace from Trinec in the Czech Republic. He’s leading the chip count with a tally of 40,175,000 chips. This pro poker player is also a highly competitive chess player and so far, he’s racked up 4 cashes at this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) leading to the Main Event. His cash count is around $20,000.

The manner in which the World Series of Poker (WSOP) prize pool is set up means that even if Staszko finished last, he still finishes in the money with a guaranteed prize pool of $782,155. Reaching this level of the contest has added significance for Staszko because he’s the first Czech poker player to do so.

The Martin Staszko of Yesteryear

Martin was formerly an auto-plant worker but his poker career got a massive boost when he opted to take his skills to the next level just last year. He has six live tournament cashes to his name. Of those winnings, it’s his 11th place finish in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Deauville Main Event for $50k that is most notable. His online poker name is ‘Filfedra’ and he’s highly successful with some $100k in cashes online. Prior to making it to the big time of the WSOP 2011, Staszko had won an incredible $84,846 in live tourney cash.

His Career Winnings to Date

  • July 7th 2011 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em he won $10,156
  • July 2nd 2011 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split he won $5,874
  • June 27th 2011 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em he won $4,242
  • June 21st 2011- $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em he won $2,603
  • August 8th 2010 - Event 1 - No-Limit Hold'em Main Event he won $10,813
  • January 25th 2010 - EPT No-Limit Hold'em Main Event he won $49,313

The Wild Card at the 2011 WSOP Main Event

Martin Staszko surged to the front of the chip stacks in the 2011 WSOP Main Event. He was down to 12,000 chips when he decided to crank it up and make his seat count. With so little to play with, Staszko folded all his weak hands just to remain in the contest. And when push came to shove, Staszko turned up the gas and motored his way through to a massive chip stack. The result is as clear as day – he’s the WSOP Main Event November Nine chip leader. Staszko will be taking his place at Seat 9 in the Main Event of the WSOP.