Sweden's Martin Jacobson wins 2014 WSOP main event
As (sort of) predicted in this column only a week ago, Sweden's Martin Jacobson triumphed in the final stage of the 2014 WSOP Main Event to take home the first prize of $10 million.
Despite starting on the final table in eighth place, Jacobson's experience saw him steadily rise up the rankings until only himself and Norway's Felix Stephenson remained, head to head. After an hour's play, Jacobson called on a pair of tens, and another ten was dealt on the flop, giving Jacobson the set. It was enough for Jacobson to win all the chips, the title, the WSOP bracelet and $10 million.
The Netherlands' Jorryt van Hoof had held the chip lead since July, and it was a position he largely maintained on the first day as other players began to bust out of the tournament. Mark Newhouse - the first player to appear in the "November nine" on two separate occasions - busted out first, followed by Bruce Politano, Dan Sindelar, Andoni Larrabe and crowd-favourite Billy Pappaconstantinou. William Tonking, who briefly snatched the lead from van Hoof on the first day, fell in fourth place.
This left Jacobson, van Hoof and Stephenson. The chip leader on the morning of the second day - van Hoof - had a spell of bad pocket cards that saw most of his chips fall to Jacobson. After two hours, he busted out with the consolation prize of $3.8 million.
The battle of Scandinavia took over for the last hour, but Jacobson's road to victory never really seemed in doubt. It was a steady grind until Jacobson revealled his trip tens to take the prize and title.
London-based Jacobson is the first Swede to win the WSOP main event in the 45 year history of the competition.
1st - Martin Jacobson - $10,000,000
2nd - Felix Stephensen - $5,147,911
3rd - Jorryt van Hoof - $3,807,753
4th - William Tonking - $2,849,763
5th - Billy Pappaconstantinou - $2,143,794
6th - Andoni Larrabe - $1,622,471
7th - Dan Sindelar - $1,236,084
8th - Bruno Politano - $947,172
9th - Mark Newhouse - $730,725
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