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Thursday, November 10, 2011

WSOP 2011 Hero Martin Staszko: The chess player who won $5.5 Million

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Hi everyone,

Some nice cheer for the world of chess and poker. We just found this news item!

WSOP 2011 Hero Martin Staszko: The Chess Expert Who Won $5.5 Million

Martin Staszko was a chess player and switched to poker in 2007 while working as foreman at the Hyundai Nošovice automobile manufacturing plant in Trinec. Martin's Fide profile says he has a rating of 2056!

On Monday night, Pius Heinz won the 2011 WSOP Main Event for $8,715,638. Heinz first had to battle his way through over six hours of heads-up play, at one time trailing in chips by 4 to 1, against Czech player Martin Staszko, before finally overcoming his formidable foe. Staszko was runners-up picking up $5,433,086!

Staszko was able to leave his €1,200 a month job in 2010 after accumulating sufficient winnings both online and live to pursue his poker career. Before becoming one of the November Nine, Martin Staszko had won $91,732 from live tournament, as well as $180,763 playing online under the screen name “filfedra.”

After his incredible run at the 2011 WSOP Main Event, Martin Staszko has now become a millionaire and moved up to 53rd place on poker’s All Time Money List. Not bad for a player who only turned pro one year ago.

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