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Faraz Jaka

Faraz Jaka
Nationality: United States
Nickname: The-Toilet
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Biography

Faraz Jaka is an American professional poker player from San Jose, California. He is best known as the World Poker Tour's Season VIII (2009-2010) Player of the Year. Jaka scored five WPT cashes that season including two Championship event final tables. He also has ten WSOP cashes on his record with two final table finishes.

Intro

Jaka was born in 1985 in San Jose, California in a Pakistani immigrant family. He started playing poker when he was studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. At first Jaka played mostly online and in small live games while in 2007 he entered his first major poker tournament, the World Series of Poker and cashed in one event that summer. Jaka finished in 22nd place at the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event taking home more than $14,000.

Background

Before he started playing poker, Jaka was a promising track runner. He also played basketball for the Piedmont Hills High School and wrote poetry. After graduating High School Jaka entered the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

World Series of Poker

After his first WSOP money finish in 2007, Jaka came back to the world's biggest poker event the next year and cashed in two more events collecting a total of $18,000. Then in 2009 he scored four more cashes, including the $400,000 he collected for the third place finish in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed event.

Jaka collected another $113,000 in WSOP cashes in 2010 the lion's share of which came from the 8th place finish in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Heads Up Championship. Two years later Jaka made another WSOP final table, only this time he did it on the European soil during the WSOPE in Cannes, France. He finished the €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Mixed Max event in fourth place for €86,087.

Faraz Jaka's Top 5 WSOP Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2009$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed3rd$400,525
2012WSOPE €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Mixed Max4th€86,087 ($112,313)
2010$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Heads Up Championship8th$94,956
2012WSOPE €3,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Shootout17th€5,428 ($7,082)
2009$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em18th$27,029

World Poker Tour

Jaka scored all of his biggest WPT results in the Season 8 of the circuit which led to him being named the Player of The Year. It all started in July, 2009 when Jaka finished runner-up in the Bellagio Cup V $15,000 Championship Event falling just behind Brazil's Alex Gomes and taking home almost $800,000. Then in December Jaka final tabled the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $15,000 Main Event. He finished the tournament in third place for more than half a million dollars. Jaka then cashed in two more WPT Championship events that season and collected the Player of the year honors.

Faraz Jaka's Top 5 WPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2009Bellagio Cup V $15,000 Championship Event2nd$774,780
2009Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $15,000 Main Event3rd$571,374
2010Five Star World Poker Classic $25,000 Championship Event14th$51,736
2010Bay 101 Shooting Stars $9,600 Championship Event18th$23,400
2009Bay 101 Shooting Stars $9,500 No-Limit Hold'em42nd$12,500

European Poker Tour

Jaka has a total of four European Poker Tour money finishes to his name. His first EPT cash came in 2008 at the Grand Final in Monte Carlo where Jaka finished ninth in the €500 No-Limit Hold'em event for €3,000. Then three years later, in 2011 he scored the 72nd place finish at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 Main Event for $33,000 in prize money.

Two more EPT cashes came in 2012. First Jaka reached the final table in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 Main Even placing third for more than $750,000. Then a couple of months later he finished in 23rd place at the EPT Sanremo €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Re-Entry for almost €8,000.

Faraz Jaka's Top 4 EPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2012PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 Main Event3rd$755,000
2008Grand Final, Monte Carlo €500 No-Limit Hold'em9th€3,000
2012Sanremo €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Re-Entry23rd€7,900
2011PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 Main Event72nd$33,000

Other Achievements

Although he's been around the poker circuit since 2007, Jaka has only one first-place live tournament finish on his record. In 2008 he won the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament at the L.A. Poker Classic for more than $100,000. Then two years later he final tabled the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Bounty Shootout event at the NAPT Mohegan Sun. Jaka finished the tournament in 3rd place for $80,000. In 2012 he placed second in the A$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed event at the Aussie Millions Poker Championship taking home A$77,000.

Did you know?

  • Jaka got his nickname “The Toilet” for playing any two suited hole cards in hopes of making a flush.
  • He owns a caster board company.

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #17: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold'em
22nd $28480
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em
105th $4840
2021 WPT World Online Championships
Event #7: $5,300 Main Event
157th $10661
2021 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #23: $500 NLH Turbo
86th $874
2021 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #5: $1,000 NLH 8-Max
49th $2400
MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event ($2M GTD)
MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event ($2M GTD)
76th $5731
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #76: $400 FORTY STACK No Limit Hold'em
200th $1485
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #64: $840 Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold'em
23rd $3490
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #63: $500 Mini Main Event, $5M GTD
710th $2074
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #19: $400 No-Limit Hold'em
249th $825
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #16: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo
191st $756
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #10: $600 No-Limit Hold'em MonsterStack
201st $1119
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold'em
88th $1129
2020 World Series of Poker Circuit Rio Las Vegas
$1,700 Main Event
31st $4715
2020 World Series of Poker Circuit Hard Rock Tampa
$1,700 Main Event
144th $2643
2020 World Series of Poker Circuit Hard Rock Tampa
$3,250 High Roller 8-Max
3rd $37505
2019 World Series of Poker Circuit Bicycle Casino
$1,700 Main Event
68th $2570
2019 PokerStars.es EPT Barcelona
€2,200 EPT National High Roller
140th €4790
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
964th $15970
2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas @ Aria
$10,300 Main Event
70th $20000
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em
248th $3407
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #19: Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
1223rd $2324
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em
3997th $750
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #11: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
39th $9007
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship
44th $15599
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
33rd $12345
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em
35th $16340
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER
393rd $4518
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
399th $31170
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
195th $2446
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
5th $112484
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #23: THE MARATHON - $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em
6th $123105
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
120th $2911
2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®
Main Event
76th €9540
2017 partypokerLIVE Millions Dusk Till Dawn
Main Event
209th £7500
2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final
€5,300 Main Event
129th €9530
2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$25,000 High Roller
21st $58320
2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Malta
€5,300 Main Event
19th €23960
2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$25,000 High Roller
7th $221440
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #65: $10,000 Main Event
333rd $33734
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
72nd $3694
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
11th $16088
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
35th $7805
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
47th $5360
2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open
$3 Million Guaranteed WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship
22nd $17357
2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$25,000 High Roller
15th $89560
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
279th $2775
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
127th $3640
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #44: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
80th $7287
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #38: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Four Handed)
53rd $4712
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #21: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)
85th $5023
2013 PokerStars.com EPT London
High Roller
2nd £241670
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #5: €10,450 Mixed Max - No-Limit Hold'em
4th €86087
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #4: €3,250 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
17th €5428
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
34th $10213
2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Main Event
3rd $755000
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed
28th $20504
2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
NAPT Bounty Shootout
27th $10000
2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Main Event
72nd $33000
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #47: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
265th $2083
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #35: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
6th $92580
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
31st $16607
2010 PokerStars.net NAPT Mohegan Sun
2010 NAPT Mohegan Sun High Roller Bounty Shootout
3rd $80000
2010 NAPT Venetian
2010 NAPT High Roller Bounty Shootout
5th $95000
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 56 - $5,000 Six-handed No Limit Hold'em
3rd $400526
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 32 - $2,000 No Limit Hold'em
144th $3908
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 15 - $5,000 No Limit Hold'em
18th $27029
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 11 - $2,000 No Limit Hold'em
87th $5452
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 44 - $1,000 No Limit Hold'em w/Rebuys
28th $14904
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 32 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
129th $3144

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