Martin Jacobson Joins POY Top Five with 2014 WSOP Main Event Win

Martin Jacobson took down the 2014 WSOP Main Event and is fifth place for BLUFF POY. (Drew Amato)

Martin Jacobson took down the 2014 WSOP Main Event and is fifth place for BLUFF POY. (Drew Amato)

Martin Jacobson played nearly flawlessly at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table and navigated his way to the most coveted title in poker and a cool $10 million. Along with his title he earned enough Player of the Year points to join the top five spots in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year standings.

Ami Barer would have been the headliner if not for Jacobson’s win; he jumped six spots to fourth place and could easily take over Dan Smith‘s third place spot. Davidi Kitai and Simon Deadman each climbed two spots with recent cashes and Anatoly Filatov helped displace Alex Bilokur and Henrick Hecklen from the top 20 spots.

Jacobson picked up an even 600 points from the WSOP Main Event – two-thirds of his total score – improving about 285 spots, by far the largest jump this year. Jacobson started the year with back-to-back final tables at the Aussie Millions high roller events – fourth in the $25,000 Challenge and eighth in the $100,000 Challenge. Then Jacobson picked up a small cash at the EPT Vienna Eureka High Roller in March before heading to the WSOP. He bubbled the final table of the $10,000 Six Max Championship in seventh place for $66,382 and 57.6 POY points. He rounded out his scores with small cashes in the EPT Barcelona Main Event and the EPT London High Roller.

The WSOP Main Event final table players all moved up in the POY standings with their scores. The breakdown looks like this:

2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table POY Points & POY Standing

  1. Martin Jacobson – 600 – 5th
  2. Felix Stephensen – 420 – 75th
  3. Jorryt van Hoof – 300 – 164th
  4. Will Tonking – 264 – 298th
  5. Billy Pappas – 228 – 523rd
  6. Andoni Larrabe – 198  – 526th
  7. Daniel Sindelar – 168 – 317th
  8. Bruno Politano – 144 – 335th
  9. Mark Newhouse – 120 – 1,720th

Barer landed just above Jacobson in fourth place after a successful trip to the Asia Championship of Poker. He final tabled a Warmup event for third place, $75,710 and 84 POY points which set him up for a deep run in the main event for a fourth place finish for $261,210 and 105.6 POY points. Barer has dominated the Australasia region since he won the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event in February for $1.4 million and 296 POY points.

Last week Kitai climbed eight spots after his eighth place finish at the ACOP Super High Roller for $312,124 and 60 POY points and he climbed another two spots this week with a fifth place finish at the ACOP High Roller with fifth place for $201,477 and 89.3 POY points. He has 11 final tables this year and won his third career WSOP bracelet in a Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event.

Deadman and Filatov also traveled to Macau and improved their scores. Deadman finished in fourth place  in a No Limit Hold’em preliminary event for $22,044 and 53.24 POY points. Filatov landed at the final table of the High Roller event in seventh place for $151,043 and 65.8 POY points.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of November 14)

  1. Dan Colman – 1,447.70 (-)
  2. Mike Leah – 1,145.04 (-)
  3. Dan Smith – 949.35 (-)
  4. Ami Barer – 930.79 (+6)
  5. Martin Jacobson – 888.50 (NA)
  6. Davidi Kitai – 844.75 (+2)
  7. Ole Schemion – 816.59 (-3)
  8. George Danzer – 797.35 (-3)
  9. Jake Schindler – 794.85 (-3)
  10. Mustapha Kanit – 790.48 (-3)
  11. Joe McKeehen – 768.22 (-2)
  12. Mike McDonald – 762.78 (-)
  13. Doug Polk – 757.75 (-2)
  14. Olivier Busquet – 742.52 (-1)
  15. Brandon Shack-Harris – 740.55 (-1)
  16. Joe Kuether – 733.91 (-1)
  17. Dominik Panka – 730.59 (-1)
  18. Simon Deadman – 719.84 (+2)
  19. Anatoly Filatov – 699.00 (NA)
  20. Keven Stammen – 693.55 (-3)

Dropped from Rankings: Alex Bilokur (18th), Henrick Hecklen (19th)

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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