Martin Jacobson Leads Main Event with Just 27 Left

Martin Jacobson has 22,335,000 heading into Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event. (Drew Amato photo)

Martin Jacobson has 22,335,000 heading into Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event. (Drew Amato photo)

If you’ve followed  the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event coverage even with a passing interest, the name of the chipleader after Day 6 won’t be a surprise to you. Sweden’s Martin Jacobson has been near the top since the tournament began and on Sunday he bagged and tagged 22,335,000 to put himself in prime position to make the 2014 November Nine.

Jacobson’s run so far has been highlighted by nearly unheard-of consistency in the post-Moneymaker era. With just 27 players remaining the worst he finished at the end of any day was 28th and that was all the way back on Day 3.

Martin Jacobson End of Day Chip Counts

  • Day 1A: 1st – 200,100
  • Day 2AB: 11th – 342,700
  • Day 3: 28th – 721,500
  • Day 4: 18th – 1,594,000
  • Day 5: 14th – 3,925,000
  • Day 6: 1st – 22,335,000

Jacobson, who has $4,687,344 in lifetime earnings, knows he has a long way to go still to claim the bracelet and the $10 million first place prize but he’s still managing to enjoy the run he’s had so far.

“It feels amazing. I’m not that jacked up. I’m mostly tired to be honest. I’m sure it will come, but this way I’ll be able to get a few hours of good sleep and I’ll be ready to go again tomorrow,” said Jacobson, echoing the complaints of a lot of players about a lack of sleep given the quick turnaround between days. “I felt really good the whole tournament. It hasn’t been a roller coaster at all. I’ve just been chipping up smoothly. It’s amazing.”

Jacobson is the only player with more than 20,000,000 heading into the final day of play before the break until November but the group of players right behind him are all clustered together. Luis Velador (16,600,000), Dan Sindelar (16,345,000) and Andoni Larrabe (15,280,000) could all make life difficult on Jacobson on Day 7.

Then there’s the curious case of Billy Pappaconstantinou. With 30 players remaining Pappaconstantinou managed to eliminate two players when his pocket aces held against pocket kings and pocket eights with all of the money going in pre-flop. That hand allowed Pappaconstantinou, a highly ranked foosball player, to finish the day with 14,640,000. He doesn’t plan on getting too fancy when play picks back up.

“I’m going to try and stick with my same gameplan. Hopefully no one picks up cards and I just keep on raising,” said Pappaconstantinou. “In foosball you have to do 15 hour days standing on your feet, so literally this is like a breeze to me. I’m never tired and I’m sitting there enjoying myself. I don’t understand how people are exhausted.”

Mark Newhouse, who came into Day 6 as the biggest stack among the 79 remaining players, didn’t have a great day but did manage to finish with 6,820,000 – good enough for the 11th biggest stack. While that stack might be lower than the one he started the day with it’s nearly one million chips more than he finished Day 6 with last year when he made the November Nine.

There were some notable eliminations on Day 6. Maria Ho, who was the last remaining woman in the field, was unable to run up her short stack and finished 77th ($85,812), Kyle Bowker finished 71st ($103,025) for his fifth Main Event cash since 2006, Brian Hastings (64th – $103,025), Vitaly Lunkin (57th – $124,447) and Isaac Baron (52nd – $152,025) were some of the casualties.

Play was stopped with the elimination of Day 4 chipleader Matthew Hauger in 28th place. The final 27 players return to the Amazon Room one final time on Monday at Noon PT.

WSOP Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts

  1. Martin Jacobson – 22,335,000
  2. Luis Velador – 16,600,000
  3. Dan Sindelar – 16,345,000
  4. Andoni Larrabe – 15,280,000
  5. Billy Pappaconstantinou – 14,640,000
  6. Bruno Politano – 11,625,000
  7. Dan Smith – 10,335,000
  8. Craig McCorkell – 8,765,000
  9. Felix Stephensen – 7,740,000
  10. Andrey Zaichenko – 7,335,000

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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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