by Joseph Smith Sr.
Martin Jacobson is one of the five non-US players at this year's World Series of Poker Main event final table scheduled for November 10-11 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Traveling all the way from his current home in London, England, the Stockholm Sweden native stands in the second spot on the all-time WSOP Swedish poker player winner's list behind behind Chris Bjorin.
Jacobson, a 27-year-old single professional poker player, is the class of the 2014 WSOP November Nine and the only player with more than $1 million, $1,224,706 to be exact, in WSOP earnings. He has 15 previous WSOP cashes and played in 27 events during the 2014 summer WSOP which yielded 3 cashes and includes the Main Event final table finish. He has also accumulated $4,807,316 (does not include any 2014 ME winnings) career tournament winnings even though his success in the 2014 Main Event is his first ever WSOP Main Event cash.
Day 1A saw Jacobson take a seat and play his way to the top of the day's leader board when he finished with 200,100 in tournament chips. Day 2 added more chips to the stacks to bring the total to 342,700 and Day 3 he more than doubled the amount to 721,500. Day 4 play pushed Jacobson beyond the million chip mark and ended with him bagging 1.594 in play money. Day 5 saw another doubling of the bullets to 3.925 million and Day 6 was a rocket ride to 22.335 million and a finish, once again, in the top spot on the chip leader board. The final Day 7 play saw the first finish with less than the starting amount when Jacobson finished the summer's final play day with 14.9 million in chips to place him in the #8 spot for the upcoming November final table.
A few interesting notes about this player's journey to the final table and his spot in the 2014 November Nine. He never finished below the top thirty on the chip leader board during his seven days of Main Event play. Jacobson's only the third player, along with Joseph Cada and Ben Lamb, to finish Day 1 as the chip leader and hang-on to claim a seat at the final table in the eight year history of the November Nine Main Event format. During the concluded seven days of Main Event play he never had to put his seat at risk with an all-in and a call bet.
And let us not overlook one of his final hand's of the summer when William Tonking doubled through Jacobson to take down an 11+ million pot. Had a club appeared on the turn or river Jacobson would be sitting in the third spot on the chip leader board.
Martin Jacobson's style of play can best be categorized by the the Santana song, “Smooth.” That's how the man plays poker. He always shows up with an 'A' game that's well developed, many layers deep and highly polished. Even though the 2014 November Nine chip leader, Jorryt van Hoof, has a more than two and a half chip advantage over Jacobson the Swede definitely remains a contender to not only move up but to win it all. His spot as one of the short stacks does not reflect on his abilities but rather on the turn of a single card.
Don't be more than a little surprised to watch Martin Jacobson putting on poker's most prestigious trophy, the Main Event Gold bracelet while claiming the $10 million in cash winner's prize. As we stated at the start of this he's the class of the 2014 November Nine. Don't expect to see him in a roller coaster ride come November. The only part of a roller coaster he seems to understand is the long, slow rise to the apex.