Martin Jacobson the Swedish professional poker player is the WSOP Main Event 2014 Champion, the coveted bracelet holder and $10 Million better off thanks to an immense performance during the 2 days of the November Nine. From over 6,700 initial entrants it was Jacobson who made the grade and it was his calmness and coolness that won the day, and of course his set of 10’s that saw off Felix Stephenson of Norway in the final hand.
Way back in July when the Main Event got underway, Jacobson was actually Day 1A chip leader, however as the November Nine took to the final table he was back in 8th place with some serious stacks ahead of him. Day one of the November Nine saw Jacobson wrestle his small stack from way down in 8th into 2nd place as Day 2 of the final table started. That in itself was a great performance and while other players had a mix of ups and downs, it appeared that Jacobson was on nothing but an uphill streak.
From the off it was Jorryt Van Hoof from the Netherlands who made all the moves, and he really did dominate the final table starting and ending the day in the number 1 spot. Perhaps the story of that first day was the elimination of Mark Newhouse, many peoples favorite for the title, however just like last year, he was out in a heartbreaking 9th place, in fact before the final day, he made it clear that anywhere but 9th would do! Billy Pappas was also tipped by many however he fell in 5th place, above the young Spanish player Larrabe in 6th, Dan Sindelar in 7th and the first Brazilian player to have made the final table, Bruno Politano in 8th place.
The final day saw Jorryt Van Hoof, Felix Stephensen and Jacobson take to the felt and many now saw Van Hoof as the ultimate winner, however upon their return he simply couldn’t find the momentum that had taken him this far and was eventually eliminated in 3rd place after two hours of action. Heads up play between Jacobson and Stephensen lasted only an hour or so and Jacobson’s set of 10’s comfortably took the pair of 9’s of Stephensen, giving the Swedish player the title, the bracelet and the $10,000,000 in cold hard cash.