It is fair to say that Martin Jacobson had an amazing night yesterday. Not only did his poker bankroll grow significantly, he could also start to call himself the world champion of Texas Hold'em, as he took down the World Series of Poker Main Event for a massive $10,000,000.
The victory was even more special as it was Jacobson's very first major live tournament win ever, which is one heck of a tournament to wait for before taking one down. The polite and quiet Swede didn't exactly look like he was going to take down the tournament though, as he started 8th in chips out of nine at the final table and everyone believed that Jorryt van Hoof from the Netherlands would take down the tournament.
But Jacobson wanted it otherwise and after being down to around 15,000,000 in chips after a call against his Norwegian competitor Felix Stephensen, when the table was still five-handed, he started his massive comeback, first knocking out William Tonking in fourth place with pocket pair of Tens versus Tonking's pocket pair of Deuces.
Not long after that hand, the players stopped for the day with van Hoof in the lead, Jacobson in second place and Stephensen in third. The players returned around 10 hours later to play the rest of the final table and we can honestly say that things got interesting and that everyone who didn't stream the final table will have some great hands to look forward to when it's being shown on ESPN.
It took 49 hands of three-handed play for the players before the first player was knocked out, which was the Dutch favourite Jorryt van Hoof who got knocked out by Jacobson. Van Hoof 4-bet shoved with and got called by Jacobson with , with Jacobson having more chips. The board came out and the favourite was out. Jacobson now had a 2.5:1 chiplead before the heads up duel, giving him the edge.
Jacobson began slowly grinding down Stephensen, putting him under 30,000,000 in chips, while Jacobson had around 175,000,000. In final table hand 328 the players were all-in again, as Stephensen raised, Jacobson pushed and Stephensen called.
The dealer slowly turned around the board which showed and with Jacobson hitting a set of Tens, Stephensen was out of the WSOP Main Event in second place for $5,145,968. Jacobson took home the $10,000,000 first prize, the Main Event bracelet and the right to call himself the world's best Hold'em tournament poker player in the world for a year into the future.
Final Table Results:
Martin Jacobson – Sweden - $10,000,000
Felix Stephensen – Norway - $5,145,968
Jorryt van Hoof – Netherlands - $3,806,402
William Tonking – United States - $2,848,833
Billy Pappas – United States – 2,143,174
Andoni Larrabe – Spain - $1,622,080
Dan Sindelar – United States - $1,235,862
Bruno Politano – Brazil - $940,077
Mark Newhouse – United States - $730,735