Event #58: $10,000 Main Event

Seat 8: Ben Lamb (20,875,000)

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Ben Lamb
Ben Lamb

Ben Lamb's poker resume is easily the most extensive of the remaining players, including more than $2.5 million in career winnings and numerous World Series of Poker successes. "Benba" earned his first WSOP bracelet this summer in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, and added a couple more final tables to put himself in first place in this year's WSOP Player of the Year race.

Lamb is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Outside of this year's Main Event run, Lamb has 12 other WSOP cashes. Back in 2009, Lamb almost made the final table of the Main Event, but fell short in 14th place for $633,022. That was the year Joe Cada took home the title.

Outside of Lamb's WSOP success, he's only had three other scores above $50,000. In 2006, Lamb won the $1,000 event at the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge for $53,671. He also won a $500 event at the United States Poker Championship later that same year for $60,000. His other non-WSOP score above $50,000 was a second-place finish in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 2009 Festa al Lago for $62,080, an event he actually chopped with Ted Lawson.

Lamb is a regular in the largest cash games in Las Vegas, mainly playing in Ivey's Room at Aria with some of the best players in the world. He's also an avid golfer.

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Seat 9: Martin Staszko (40,175,000)

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Martin Staszko
Martin Staszko

Martin Staszko is a 35-year-old poker pro from Trinec of the Czech Republic who previously worked in the automotive industry. Stasko had four cashes at the World Series of Poker this summer prior to the Main Event. His best finish being 39th in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo.

Staszko only has two results prior to the 2011 WSOP. The first result we find on Staszko's record is an 11th-place finish in the €5,000 Main Event at the European Poker Tour Deauville stop back in January 2010. He earned €35,000 for that finish. The second was a 10th-place finish in the €1,500 Main Event of the Unibet Open Prague for €8,200.

By making the WSOP Main Event final table, Staszko has become the first ever Czech to do so. He made sure to do so in a big way, coming in with the chip lead of over six million in chips. Staszko considers himself to be a professional poker player, but also enjoys competitive chess and recreational tennis. Staszko told the WSOP that it would be "unbelievable" to be the first person to win the Main Event from the Czech Republic.

During the months off leading up to the final table, Staszko has been traveling the European tournament circuit as most other pros have. He only able to record one result -- an 11th-place finish in an EPT Barcelona side event -- but he gained plenty of practice and experience on the felt.

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Event #58: $10,000 Main Event
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