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Swedish Poker Pro Martin Jacobson Wins World Series of Poker Main Event and $10 Million

Swedish Poker Pro Earns First Career WSOP Bracelet and $10 Million First-Place Prize


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The 2014 World Series of Poker main event champion is 27-year-old Swedish poker pro Martin Jacobson, who earned his first career bracelet and the $10 million first-place prize.

When asked how the money would affect his life, Jacobson stated that the title was more important.

“I haven’t thought about it,” he said. “All of my focus was on becoming the world champion. That’s what really means something to me. It may be hard to tell right now, but I’m in shock. For this to finally be over with me winning it all, it’s surreal.”

In hindsight, Jacobson’s victory shouldn’t seem that surprising. After all, he was by far the most experienced live tournament player at the final table, heading into the contest with $4.8 million in career tournament earnings.

What was surprising about the feat was the fact that Jacobson entered the final table in second to last place, hampered by a short stack. Throughout the final table, Dutch pro Jorryt Van Hoof got all of the praise for his ability to utilize the big stack, but Jacobson was perhaps even more impressive for maximizing his opportunities with limited ammunition.

During the final day of play, Jacobson quickly gained the chip lead from Van Hoof, who went out in third place. With more than a 2-1 chip lead to start heads-up play, Jacobson slowly grinded Felix Stephensen down to just 15 big blinds.

On the final hand, Stephensen opened for 3.5 million and Jacobson moved all in from the big blind. Stephensen made the call for his last 28.3 million with AHeart Suit9Heart Suit, but saw that he was in bad shape against Jacobson’s 10Heart Suit10Diamond Suit.

Felix StephensenThe flop came down 10Club Suit9Club Suit3Spade Suit, leaving Stephensen drawing to running nines or aces in order to stay alive. The turn and river were the KDiamond Suit4Club Suit and Jacobson erupted in celebration with his rail. Stephensen, though dejected, was picked up by his Norwegian friends and family to congratulate him on his $5.1 million consolation prize.

With his victory, Jacobson bested the previous best finish by a Swedish poker player at the WSOP main event in 2006 when Erik Friberg finished in eighth place. Jacobson also picked up 3,300 Card Player Player of the Year points, moving him into fifth place overall.

Here is a look at the final table results. Click on each player’s link for more information about their individual main event final table performance.

1. Martin Jacobson — $10,000,000
2. Felix Stephensen — $5,147,911
3. Jorryt Van Hoof — $3,807,753
4. William Tonking — $2,849,763
5. Billy Pappas — $2,143,794
6. Andoni Larrabe — $1,622,080
7. Dan Sindelar — $1,235,862
8. Bruno Politano — $947,077
9. Mark Newhouse — $730,725

Here is Card Player TV’s coverage of Jacobson’s post-win press conference:

For more coverage from the 2014 summer series, visit our WSOP landing page.

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