Staszko, who collected $5,433,086 for his second-place finish, also made history as the first player from the Czech Republic to make a final table. The 35-year-old poker pro resides in Trinec, near the border with Poland. Both players outlasted Ben Lamb, a 26-year-old poker professional from Las Vegas and Tulsa, who was eliminated in third place. Lamb took home $4,021,138 as a consolation prize.
The conclusion to this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event was carried nearly-live – with a 15-minute delay – on ESPN.
This year’s WSOP Main Event final table featured players from seven different nations, the most geographically diverse in the tournament’s 42-year history. Each of the 6,865 players who participated in the Main Event paid $10,000 to enter, creating a massive $64,540,858 prize pool.
Tuesday night’s action with three players followed the tournament’s penultimate session on Sunday, when six of the final nine players were eliminated. The competitors broke out in the following order, collecting the following prize money:
9th place: Sam Holden, 22, of Sussex, Great Britain: $782,115
8th place: Anton Makiievskyi, 21, of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine: $1,010,015
7th place: Badih Bou-Nahra, 49, of Belize City, Belize: $1,314,097
6th place: Eoghan O’Dea, 26, of Dublin, Ireland: $1,720,831
5th place: Phil Collins, 26, of Las Vegas, Nevada: $2,269,599
4th place: Matt Giannetti, 26, of Las Vegas, Nevada: $3,012,700
As has become tradition in recent years, Main Event play was suspended in July when the tournament reached its final nine players. It resumed with the “November 9” taking to the felt Sunday with 34 minutes, 57 seconds remaining in Level 36, with antes 50,000 and blinds at 250,000 and 500,000.
The 2011 WSOP attracted a record 75,672 players from 105 different nations competing for a total prize pool of $192,008,868 over the 58-event, 50-day extravaganza and it was played at the Rio Hotel & Casino.