He had never won a major live tournament before and was second last in chips when the final table kicked off on Monday. Although many considered him to be one of the best players of this year's November 9, the odds were definitely against him.
Well, there's nothing left to say other than A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, Martin Jacobson! The 27-year-old pro from Stockholm, Sweden, received $10,000,000 in prize money, a coveted gold bracelet, and he will always be remember as the first Swede in history to win the Main Event!
Defeated fellow Scandinavian heads-up
Jacobson had 142 million to Stephensen's 58.5 million when heads-up play began. Jacobson used his chip lead well and pressured his Norwegian opponent almost all the time. Although Stephensen took down most of the pots, it was Jacobson who took down the big, meaningful ones. Eventually, on hand #328, the tournament came to an end...
Stephensen opened up the pot with a raise from the button. Jacobson shoved his stack and Stephensen called with A9. Jacobson turned over 1010.
The flop came down 1093 and gave Jacobson a set of tens. The turn was the K and Stephensen was drawing dead. Jacobson's friends began to celebrate as the dealer completed the board with the 4 to make it official.
"I played close to perfect, maybe," Jacobson said afterward when asked about his performance by WSOP.com. "I don't think there's anything such as a perfect tournament, since you will always make some errors here or there. But I eliminated most of my mistakes, and played pretty well overall."
Here are the final table results:
1st - Martin Jacobson - $10,000,000
2nd - Felix Stephensen - $5,147,911
3rd - Jorryt van Hoof - $3,807,753
4th - William Tonking - $2,849,763
5th - Billy Pappaconstantinou - $2,143,794
6th - Andoni Larrabe - $1,622,471
7th - Dan Sindelar - $1,236,084
8th - Bruno Politano - $947,172
9th - Mark Newhouse - $730,725