Sweden's Martin Jacobson leads the field in the WSOP Main Event with one day to go
With just one day to go at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, only 27 players remain from the 6,683 hopefuls who entered poker's biggest tournament last week. Most of the biggest poker names in the world have fallen out of the tournament during the week, allowing the chance of a previously unheralded poker player to win the prestigious WSOP main event bracelet.
Leading the way is Sweden's Martin Jacobson, who has the highest chip stack at 22.3million. Jacobson is second on the all-time Swedish players money list, although he has yet to win a major competition, his biggest prize so far being sixth place in last year's WSOP No Limit Hold'em One Drop High Roller, for which he won just over $800,000.
A pack of four players trail Jacobson, these being Luis Velador (16.6million chips), Dan Sindelar (16.3million), William Pappaconstantinou (15.6million) and Andoni Larrabe (15.3million). Of the chasing pack, perhaps Velador is the most likely poker player to challenge Jacobson for the final spot on top of the poker chip stack. The Mexican has almost reached $1.5million in career earnings over his career, with his top place finish in the 2008 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold'em competition, for which he won over half a million dollars, being his best result so far.
Of the remaining players, perhaps the most intriguing is Andrey Zaichenko, who lies tenth with a stack of 7.3million chips. Zaichenko is known as the phenomenal online player "Kroko-dill" throughout the online poker world at sites such as PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, but has yet to translate his online prowess to real-world poker. Pehaps the 2014 WSOP Main Event will be Zaichenko's breakthrough.
With one day to go, the leading chip stacks are as follows:
1 - Martin Jacobson (Sweden) 22.3million
2 - Luis Velador (Mexico) 16.6million
3 - Dan Sindelar (USA) 16.3million
4 - Andoni Larrabe (Spain) 15.3million
5 - William Pappaconstantinou (USA) 14.6million
6 - Bruno Politano (Brazil) 11.6million
7 - Dan Smith (USA) 10.3million
8 - Craig McCorkell (England) 8.8million
9 - Felix Stephensen (Norway) 7.7million
10 - Andrey Zaichenko (Russia) 7.3million
Just "under the radar" is Mark Newhouse from Los Angeles, who finished ninth in last year's WSOP Main Event. If he reaches the final table this year he will become the first player to make back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables since the USA's Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004.