Matt SalsbergUnited States
In 2011, Matt Salsberg finished 70th in the WSOP main event. That impressive feat would be strong for any player, and for Salsberg, it was the launching point of his poker career. The former executive producer of Showtime's "Weeds," Salsberg had been playing poker for more than a decade and finally had the opportunity to pursue the game full time when the series concluded after Season 8.
Over the past 20 months, Salsberg turned heads from Vegas to Italy to Paris. He has won the WPT Paris main event title last September and his six cashes (with three final tables) were enough to win WPT Player of the Year honors.