Martin Staszko : chip leader on 40,175,00 chips
Staszko (35) hails from Trinec in the Czech Republic, and is a professional poker and competitive chess player who achieved four cashes at the 2011 WSOP prior to the main event, earning himself around $20 000.
He’s already guaranteed to add at least $782,155 to his earnings simply by making the final table, and in doing so he has become the first Czech player to reach this level.
A former auto-plant worker, he's been playing professionally for the past year and has six live tourney cashes to his credit, the biggest previously an 11th-place finish at the 2010 EPT Deauville Main Event for $50,000. He is also an active online player, where he is mostly known by his handle "filfedra", and has achieved around $100 000 in cashes. His live tournament earnings prior to the main event this year totalled $84,846.
Regarded as something of a wild card who sprinted to the front late in the main event, Staszko's stack was down to 12 000 chips when the money bubble broke, and folded numerous hands to stay in the game; but when he started building momentum his rise to the chip leader position was nothing short of spectacular, playing aggressive, smart poker.
The Other November Niners : Listed By Chip Stack. Click –> For all 2011 Wsop News
- Martin Staszko: chip leader on 40,175,00 chips
- Eoghan O’Dea (33,925,000)
- Matt Giannetti (24,750,000)
- Phil Collins (23,875,000)
- Ben Lamb (20,875,000)
- Badih Bounahra (19,700,000)
- Pius Heinz (16,425,000)
- Anton Makievskyi (13,825,000)
- Samuel Holden (13,825,000)