On Monday night Martin Jacobson sat down with eight other players at the 2014 WSOP Main Event final table and found himself looking up at seven other players with bigger stacks than his. A little over 24 hours later Jacobson stands tall on the poker world’s mountain after defeating Felix Stephensen for the 2014 WSOP Main Event title and the $10,000,000 first place prize.
“Close to perfect, maybe. I don’t think there is such a thing as a perfect tournament because it’s impossible to not make some errors here and there but I definitely feel like I limited my mistakes and played pretty well overall,” said Jacobson. “It means everything to me. It’s probably hard to tell but I’m just in shock. There was so much pressure leading up to this moment.”
Stephensen earned $5,147,911 for his runner-up performance.
“I feel like I played pretty good all day. There wasn’t much I could on that final hand when you get down to that amount of big blinds it’s always going to get in,” said Stephensen. “It’s been a great experience and obviously I learned a lot about playing live poker and tournaments in general which I’m not that used to. It’s something I’m going to put a lot more time into in the future.”
When play was halted on Monday night three players remained with Dutch poker pro Jorryt van Hoof holding a chip lead over Norway’s Felix Stephensen and Sweden’s Martin Jacobson.
The first significant hand occurred between Jacobson and Stephensen just under one hour into play. Jacobson raised to 3.6 million, Stephensen called and the pair saw a T 7 5 flop. Jacobson bet 4 million and Stephensen called. After the K turn Jacobson bet again, this time putting 10 million into the middle. Stephensen called again. The Q river slowed Jacobson’s thinking a bit. He eventually bet 15 million and waited for Stephensen’s decision. Finally Stephensen called and showed down K J for top pair but was behind the A A of Jacobson. The 65 million chip pot propelled Jacobson’s stack to 86 million, well within striking range of van Hoof. Just a few hands later Jacobson took a pot off of van Hoof to take the chip lead for the final time.
The shifting of chips between van Hoof and Jacobson left Stephensen as the shortest stack at the table. After being all in four times with no callers, Stephensen eventually found a double up. van Hoof opened for 2.6 million and Stephensen called to see a flop of 9 4 3. After both players checked to see a 5 on the turn Stephensen bet 4 million and van Hoof called. After the K river Stephensen put his last 17.1 million at risk. van Hoof called and mucked his hand after seeing Stephensen’s 9 8 for second pair.
At the end of the first level of play van Hoof was the shortest stack with just 35 million while Jacobson lead with 97.4 million. Jacobson carried the momentum into the next level and wrapped up the victory in short order. First came van Hoof. From the button van Hoof raised to 3.6 million only to have Jacobson re-reaise to 9.2 million from the small blind. Stephensen folded, leaving action on van Hoof. After tanking for a few minutes van Hoof moved all-in for 46.2 million total. Jacobson called instantly and tabled A T which put him ahead of van Hoof’s A 5. The T 5 2 flop hit both players but left Jacobson ahead. The Q turn and Q river brought van Hoof no help and the one time chipleader was eliminated in third place.
When heads-up play began Jacobson had all of the control and momentum and nearly 71% of the chips. Even so it took just 34 hands of heads-up play for Jacobson to put Stephensen away. From the button Stephensen raised to 3.5 million and Jacobson responded by announcing he was all-in. Stephensen called and flipped up A 9 but found himself with only one over card to Jacobson’s T T. The T 9 3 flop put Jacobson even further ahead and when the K fell on the turn Jacobson’s rail rushed the stage to congratulate the winner as the 4 was dealt on the river.
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