Martin Staszko leads the November Nine
Czech poker player Martin Staszko took control of the WSOP Main Event on Day 8 with a storming late run that sees him lead the tournament with a commanding 6 million chip advantage. Starting the day with a little over 30 big blinds, Staszko waited until there were only twelve players remaining before making his move.
He first captured a 14 million chip pot when his K♥ K♦ was too strong for Khoa Nguyen´s 10♣ 10♠, took advantage of Kings again to take 3.5 million chips from overnight chip leader Anton Makievskyi and, in the space of fifteen minutes, took two major pots from Phil Collins – stripping him of over 8 million chips in the process.
Collins recovered to finish the day in fourth position, but Staszko will take 40,175,000 chips to the final table in November – 6,250 ahead of his nearest competitor, Irishman Eoghan O´Dea.
Eoghan the Destroyer
For much of the day Eoghan O´Dea had lead the Main Event, initially showing pre-flop aggression to steal plenty of blinds and limp bets to overtake Anton Makievskyi as chip leader without once going to showdown. When Eoghan´s aggression was met with opposition, it frequently sent the opponent to the rail. Eoghan dispatched Scott Schwalich, Konstantinos Mamaliadis, and Bryan Devonshire and used his ever-increasing chip stack to bully other players out of 1 million chip+ pots.
Eoghan the Destroyer was also responsible for busting tenth man out, John Hewitt, after a tense four and a half hour period without an elimination. Hewitt raised Eoghan´s pre-flop raise with his last 3.875 million chips, but found Eoghan´s K♠ J♦ too strong for his pocket threes. Eoghan will return in November with a 9.175 million chip advantage over third placed Matt Gionetti.
Sam Holden Likes Lamb
UK poker player Sam Lyon is still alive and kicking after a tremendous day´s play in which he became a real thorn in the side of WSOP PoY Ben Lamb. Sam, who prior to yesterday had only been all-in once throughout the tournament, doubled up against Ben Lamb in the early stages of the day, took him for 675,000 just after lunch and a further 3 million chips 15 minutes later.
Sam also doubled up again when eliminating Ryan Lenaghan in sixteenth position and, although holding a position at the bottom of the WSOP Main Event leaderboard, has 25 Big Blinds in which to make an impact in November.
The WSOP Main Event Chip Counts – The November Nine