Swedish poker professional Martin Jacobson is now $10 million richer and has the world’s most sought after title after winning the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event.
Despite him never actually winning a major title, he was many people’s pick to win the title due to his consistent form over the years that had brought him almost $5 million in career earnings. Many players that have won a number of major titles are not even close to those earnings yet. He was also a favourite for the title despite actually starting with the second smallest chip count at the final table.
This all ensured that he had to do it the hard way and really rely on the skill and experience that he has. He played almost faultlessly for the entire final table and when the action returned today he was in the final three players and sat in second place in chips.
He was behind Jorryt Van Hoof and ahead of Felix Stephensen when three handed play got underway today, yet eventually managed to do enough to claim the title.
The first to fall was Van Hoof, the player that had led the final table pretty much all of the way until this final day. He pushed all-in with the Ad-5d pre-flop but was snap called by Jacobson who was holding the As-10c. The board fell as the 10h-5s-2h-Qc-Qs and Van Hoof would have to make do with third place and a payout of $3.8 million.
This left Jacobson with 142 million chips compared to the 58.5 million of Stephensen and he was relentless in his chopping away at his opponent. He got Stephensen down to around 30 million chips before the final hand took place.
This time it was Jacobson that pushed all-in preflop after Stephensen had raised and got a call from his opponent. Jacobson had pocket tens whilst Stephensen the Ah-9h and the flop of 10c-9c-3s pretty much sealed it unless a couple of miracle aces fell down. They didn’t as the Kd and 4c sealed the win for Jacobson who had now claimed the title and the $10 million that went with it.
Stephensen picked up $5,145,968 for his superb efforts but he would be the first to admit that Jacobson was a well worthy WSOP Main Event champion.
Whilst we are concentrating on Jacobson, it has to be said that each of the three remaining players played excellently, making it one of the best final days of the Main Event in recent years. The action was top quality and many shared that same view via Twitter.
— Liv Boeree (@Liv_Boeree) November 12, 2014
— Greg Merson (@GregMerson) November 12, 2014
— Ryan Riess (@RyanRiess1) November 12, 2014
Seriously impressed by everything about Jacobson. Great demeanor. Seems to have healthy confidence but not arrogance. Respect for opponents
— David Baker (@audavidb) November 12, 2014
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) November 12, 2014
How it Finished
1st) Martin Jacobson – $10,000,000
2nd) Felix Stephensen – $5,145,968
3rd) Jorryt van Hoof – $3,806,402
4th) William Tonking – $2,848,833
5th) Billy Pappas – $2,143,174
6th) Andoni Larrabe – $1,622,080
7th) Dan Sindelar – $1,235,862
8th) Bruno Politano – $947,077
9th) Mark Newhouse – $730,725
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