Martin Jacobson Wins 2014 World Series of Poker
A Swedish online poker player wins World Series of Poker Main Event.
27-year-old Martin Jacobson grabbed a set of tens to beat Felix Stephensen of Norway to take the top prize: 10 million dollars!
"There's no such thing as a 'perfect tournament,' but this was close to perfect, maybe," Jacobson said after the confetti blasts signaled his win had been cemented and friends and family ran to embrace him.
Jacobson who is a trained chef struggled at the final table, scratching and clawing his way back.
He was the only player of the final nine to have earned more than $1 million in World Series of Poker career earnings at tournaments. But he had never won the top spot, coming in second in some cases, until Tuesday when he won the most watched contest in the tournament.
More than 6700 people entered this years' event.
24-year-old Stephensen took home a $5.1 million prize for second place.
"It's disappointing to be so close, but I got really lucky to get this far, and it was a tough final table," he said.
The two defeated Jorryt van Hoof, the leader throughout most of the game play, to go head-to-head.
It was the first time in the World Series of Poker's history that the final three players in the no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event didn't include a single American.
All three players live in London.
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