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International Players Headline WSOP

This year’s WSOP boasts players from a wide variety of countries: Belize, Britain, Czech Republic, Germany and Ukraine made it to Wednesday to vie for the top prize of $8.7 million.

At the head of the pack is 35-year-old Martin Staszko of Trinec, the first man from the Czech Republic to make the final table and in second place is Eoghan O’Dea of Dublin.  

The diversity at this year’s WSOP is a new site at the year’s most prestigious poker event, as it is the first time there are more non-Americans than Americans at the final table.

“It signals a shift in poker,” said World Series of Poker commissioner Ty Stewart. “With international players winning two of last three years and the odds stacked against the Americans this time, we’re going to see this yet again.”

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