Martin Jacobson is one of poker’s most consistent players, and he proved that in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event when he finished Day 1a as the chip leader and rode it all the way to the victory for $10 million. Only two other players – Joe Cada and Ben Lamb – have done that since the November Nine concept was introduced in 2008.
Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Jacobson now makes London his home base as he travels the globe playing his trade. Since 2008, Jacobson has amassed nearly $15 million in tournament winnings, two-thirds of which came from winning the 2014 WSOP.
Jacobson, who sits atop Sweden’s all-time money ahead of Chris Bjorin, first appeared on the poker scene when he finished third in the 2008 European Poker Tour Budapest €4,350 Main Event for €197,904. Less than a year later he would finish runner-up to fellow Swede Ragnar Astrom in the World Poker Tour Venice €4,400 Main Event for €238,840.
Jacobson continued to have success on the European front, which included two runner-up finishes on the EPT. The first came in August 2010, when he placed second to Toby Lewis in the EPT Vilamoura Main Event for €297,985. The second came in January 2011, when he finished behind Lucien Cohen in the EPT Deauville Main Event for €560,000. Jacobson’s other EPT highlights include fourth in the 2011 EPT Berlin for €230,000 and tenth in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event for $101,000.
As far as the WSOP is concerned, Jacobson’s first cash came in 2009 when he finished eighth in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event for $65,486. Amazingly, his second WSOP cash was also a final table appearance when he took fourth in another $1,500 event a year later, good for $183,345. In 2012, Jacobson final tabled Event #5 €10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed Max at the WSOP Europe, ultimately finishing seventh for €42,094, and then in 2013 he placed sixth in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller for $807,427, the largest of his career up to that point.
“It’s already affected my life a little bit just by making the final table,” Jacobson told PokerNews after making the November Nine. “There’s a lot of money up top, and the payout structure is kind of flat from here, so that is definitely something you need to take into consideration.”
As previously mentioned, the Swede managed to ride his Day 1 chip lead all the way to Day 7, and according to him he was never all-in for his tournament life during that time and finished each day with a top-30 stack. Jacobson finished Day 1a as the chip leader with 200,100, and on Day 2, he brought that up to 342,700, good for 21st of 1,864 advancing players. On Day 3, Jacobson increased his stack to 721,500, putting him 29th of 746.
Jacobson’s consistency continued on Day 4 when he finished with 1.594 million – good for 18th of 291 – and again on Day 5 when he finished 14th of 79 with 3.925 million. Finally, Day 6 saw Jacobson return to the chip lead when he bagged up 22.335 million to finish as the big stack amongst the final 27 players. Jacobson lost a bit on Day 7 and ultimately finished with 14.9 million, putting him in eighth place at the final table.
When the final table reconvened four months later, Jacobson played what many fans and fellow pros agree was a flawless game. He waited patiently for his spots and was able to grow his stack, eventually taking over the chip lead. Eventually he finished off Jorryt van Hoof and Felix Stephensen in third and second place respectively, and Jacobson etched his name in poker history.