World Series of Poker 2014 Main Event

WSOP 2014 Concludes with Swede Martin Jacobson as Champion

Martin Jacobson is the champion of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014 Main Event.

In July, a field of 6,683 poker players from all over the world bought into the WSOP 2014 Main Event for $10,000. The event was held at the Rio in Las Vegas. After nearly a week of poker action, coming up to 70 hours of game play, only nine of them survived. They took a break for four months before returning to play for the massive top prize of $10 million and the WSOP gold bracelet.

The champion Jacobson, who won the gold bracelet as well as the $10 million, said: “This is what I played for, this is all that mattered to me.” A professional poker player from Sweden, Jacobson held the eighth biggest stack of chips when he returned for the final table play in November. His poker performance, however, was so excellent that it fascinated millions of poker who watched him on TV.

For the first time in the history of the WSOP Main Event, three European poker players finished in the top three places. Jacobson was one of the three players who survived into the second day of the final table action, and he also held the second biggest chip stack. Four hours later, he defeated Norwegian player Felix Stephensen in a heads-up match that did not last more than one hour.

The November Niners of WSOP 2014 were from different parts of the world, including Brazil, USA, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and The Netherlands. One of them, Mark Newhouse, had become a November Niner for the second time and another, Billy Pappas, is a champion foosball player. When their names were released for the first time in July, the biggest story in the poker media was on how Mark Newhouse had become a November Niner for the second time. In fact, Newhouse is the only player to have achieved this after the November Nine was first created seven years back. Newhouse is also the only player who got eliminated in the ninth place two times in a row.

Bruno Politano, the Brazilian poker player who reached the WSOP 2014 Main Event final table, was followed by a huge crowd of cheering fans. Since poker is immensely popular in Brazil, Politano had the support of almost the entire nation. His fans never stopped cheering and singing for him till the player field had boiled down to nine in July. Last week, he uploaded a video in which several Brazilian celebrities, including race car driver Thiago Camilo, Olympic swimmer Xuxa, and several soccer stars, had encouraged him. Although Politano was eliminated in the 8th place, his fans remained as enthusiastic as ever.

Talking about his final table performance, Jacobson said that he “played close to perfect,” while adding that he doesn’t believe in any “perfect tournament” as everybody makes mistakes. The 27-year-old player is the first Swede to become a champion in WSOP history. Born at Stockholm in Sweden, Jacobson currently resides in London.

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