Martin Jacobson Wins the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event for $10,000,000!
He's never won a major live poker tournament. He's second to last in chips to start the final table. He's too quiet to become the leading poker ambassador. No player from Sweden has ever won this tournament.
Those were all rumblings heard throughout the poker world about Martin Jacobson in the months leading up to the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. When it was all said and done, though, the man from Sweden proved to be the last player standing, topping poker's greatest event to win his first WSOP gold bracelet and the massive $10 million first-place prize.
The 5 key hands of the second part of the final table:
Martin Jacobson opened to 3.6 million and Felix Stephensen called from the big as the flop fell .
Jacobson bet out 4 million and Stephensen called as the landed on the turn. Jacobson pushed out a stack of chips amounting to a bet of 10 million and Stephensen called as the dealer dropped the on the river to complete the board.
After about two minutes of stoic sitting, Jacobson reached to his stack and bet out 15 million with Stephensen taking not too long to announce a call. Jacobson immediately flipped over his as Stephensen rolled over his for a weaker pair to slip to 24 million as Jacobson climbed to 86 million - just a few big blinds shy of the chip lead.
Jorryt van Hoof had the button and raised to 2.6 million. In the big blind, Felix Stephensen made the call, and the flop came down , and Stephensen checked. Van Hoof also checked.
The was added to the board on the turn, and Stephensen bet 4 million. Van Hoof called, and the river was the . Stephensen moved all in for 17.1 million. After a bit of time in the tank, van Hoof called.
Stephensen showed the for a pair of nines, and van Hoof had the for a pair of fives.Van Hoof's hand was mucked, and Stephensen doubled up.
Felix Stephensen raised his button to 3 million only to have Martin Jacobson three-bet to 9 million from the big blind. Stephensen folded and Jacobson collected the pot to move to 100 million.
On the button, Jorryt van Hoof raised to 3.6 million. Martin Jacobson reraised to 9.2 million from the small blind, and play folded back to van Hoof. He took some time before moving all in for 46.2 million, and Jacobson called quickly.
Van Hoof tabled the and was at risk with a dominated hand against the for Jacobson.
The flop came down , giving both players a pair, but keeping Jacobson in front with the better hand. The theatre went silent before the dealer placed the out on the turn, and that left van Hoof needing a five on the river.
The river completed the board with the , and Jacobson had won the pot. Van Hoof finished in third place, earning $3,806,402, and leaving Jacobson and Stephensen heads up for the title.
Felix Stephensen opened his button to 3.5 million and Martin Jacobson moved all in for over 170 million with Stephensen making the call for his final 28.3 million.
With Stephensen at the disadvantage, each player's rail took to their feet and began chanting excessively.
"Ten for ten! Ten for ten!" shouted Jacobson's rail.
"Ace! Ace! Ace!"responded Stephensen's rail.
The dealer was given the go ahead to spread the flop, and on command she flipped over the flop to give Jacobson the overwhelming stranglehold on the hand.
Pausing for a few moments to let the anticipation build, the dealer would burn and turn the on the turn to render Stephensen drawing dead as the completed the board on the river.
As soon as that final card was dropped, Jacobson's rail - that included family, friends and poker players Jason Koon, Mark Radoja, JC Alvarado, Connor Drinan, Marc-Andre Ladouceur and Mohsin Charania (to name a few) - rushed the stage to congratulate the Swede as they cheered, hugged and messed up that near-perfect hair as he was now the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion!
For Stephensen, his rail didn't disappoint at any stage of the tournament and continued to chant "Felix! Felix! Felix!" as a dejected Stephensen shook Jacobson's hand and headed to the rail to be consoled by his rail. That consoling will have a $5,145,968 payday to go along with it to make him feel a little happier.
|3||Jorryt van Hoof||Netherlands||$3,806,402|
|4||William Tonking||United States||$2,848,833|
|5||Billy Pappas||United States||$2,143,174|
|7||Dan Sindelar||United States||$1,235,862|
|9||Mark Newhouse||United States||$730,725|
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