WSOP 2014 Results: Winner, Prize Money for November 9 Main Event Finals

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor INovember 12, 2014

Martin Jacobson holds up the World Series of Poker bracelet after winning the tournament and its $10 million prize, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Martin Jacobson was already beginning to make his ascent up the professional poker ranks, but now he can say something that even most of the world's top players can't boast: He is the winner of a WSOP No-Limit Hold'Em World Championship.

The 27-year-old put forth an outstanding performance to beat out Jorryt van Hoof and Felix Stephensen during the final day of the main event competition, earning himself a cool $10 million.

ESPN Stats & Info put the win in historical perspective:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Martin Jacobson is the 1st Swedish-born player ever to win the World Series of Poker Main Event. Jacobson wins $10 million.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

At 27 years old, Martin Jacobson is actually the OLDEST player to win the World Series of Poker Main Event since Jerry Yang in 2007.

An original field of 6,683 players was whittled down to nine back in July. The "November Nine" resumed play at the final table Monday night, when six more players were eliminated. Jacobson, Stephensen and Van Hoof then battled deep into the Las Vegas night on Tuesday, before the rising Swedish star was eventually crowned champion.

Here's a look at the final results:

2014 WOSP Main Event Final Table
1Martin Jacobson$10,000,000
2Felix Stephensen$5,145,968
3Jorryt van Hoof$3,807,753
4William Tonking$2,849,763
5Billy Pappas$2,143,794
6Andoni Larrabe$1,622,471
7Dan Sindelar$1,236,084
8Bruno Politano$947,172
9Mark Newhouse$730,725

Van Hoof, who was nearly flawless in dominating the final table on Monday night, was the first to be eliminated. Although he entered with the chip lead, he struggled with his decision-making all night.

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Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Mike "The Mouth" Matusow blamed the Dutchman's struggles on his decision to wear sunglasses:

Mike Matusow @themouthmatusow

Van hoofs problem is he put the sunglasses on today which took away his intimidation #wsop

Van Hoof dropped to the shortest stack after losing a massive pot to Stephensen on hand No. 273. He held on for a short while, but after blinds were increased to $800,000 and $1.6 million, he was quickly running out of time.

He was ultimately forced to move all-in with an ace-five, and it was instantly called by Jacobson, who had an absolutely perfect read with an ace-10. The flop revealed a 10 of hearts, five of spades and two of hearts, giving the Swede a commanding lead with his higher pair. The turn and river offered no help to Van Hoof, who was officially eliminated on hand No. 293.

"I didn't feel as comfortable out there playing tonight as I was yesterday," Van Hoof said afterward, via WSOP.com's Robert Kirschen and Nolan Dalla. "I moved to the five seat and the light was bothering me. It seemed brighter there. I had more trouble seeing and focusing."

It was a disappointing finish after such an encouraging performance on Monday, but the near $4 million in prize money will probably do a decent job consoling him. Fellow poker player Marcel Vonk applauded his countryman:

Marcel Vonk @MrSparco

Mad props to @Jorryt_van_Hoof for playing a great tournament. No bracelet unfortunately, but 3rd is an amazing achievement. GG, sir!

Winning that pot put Jacobson in a commanding position for heads-up play against Stephensen, and as ESPN's Andrew Feldman noted, he was certainly ready for the moment:

Andrew Feldman @AFeldmanESPN

Much of Jacobson's training during the hiatus was focused on heads-up. He hasn't won a major title yet. Is definitely prepared. #WSOP

Jacobson had the advantage, and he simply didn't make mistakes. He continued to chip away at Stephensen, slowly carving through his opponent's chip stack.

Finally, on hand No. 328, Jacobson found his moment to go for the kill when he received pocket 10s. He went all-in, and Stephensen, with an ace-nine on the button, had no option but to call. The flop delivered a 10, and Jacobson's unbelievable, nearly mistake-free run was complete.

Second place may feel a little bittersweet for Stephensen, but the 23-year-old has nothing to be ashamed of.

As for Jacobson, it's a nightand a tournamenthe won't forget for the rest of the life. But considering the calmness and savvy he showed Tuesday night, don't expect this to be his last WSOP bracelet.

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