Martin Jacobson’s trek to the 2014 WSOP November Nine

There is absolutely no question concerning the impeccable skillsets of Martin Jacobson. At 27 years of age, the Swedish poker pro has been tossing chips on the live tournament circuit since he was 21. Henceforth, the young poker pro has cashed in 52 major tournaments, racking up an impressive $4,807,316 along the way. Most recently, Jacobson’s undeniable talents saw him immediately get to work at the 2014 WSOP Main Event, ending Day 1A and Day 6 as the chip leader, and Day 7 as an elite member of the November Nine.

Jacobson’s journey has been a storybook picture compared to the ups and downs of rock-strewn landscape experienced by most professional poker players, at least at some point in their career. Born and raised near Stockholm, Sweden, Jacobson has always been a cool headed contender who never seems to feel the pressure of a deep run into a big event. His nerves of steel have led him through many situations, and will certainly continue to carry him across the November Nine threshold without revealing any chinks in his armor.

In fact, pressure is the last thing on Martin Jacobson’s mind as the final table slowly approaches. He told reporters that he feels nothing but confidence in his abilities, especially “knowing I have the most experience” in a live tournament situation. In fact, when Jacobson read about his fellow November Niners and learned of his superior experience level, he felt that the only thing working against him come November 10 would be that his opponents were given extra time to study the game and get better, whereas an immediate playing of the final table would have given the Swede a significant veteran edge.

Martin Jacobson didn’t originally intend to become a professional poker player, but he did enjoy playing the game when he first started in 2006. At that time, he didn’t really know what he wanted to do with his life, but edification was not a strong point for him; a distinct difference between him and most poker pros. His aversion to traditional school led him to a culinary career path, followed by a short stint in the military before he realized that poker was indeed his true calling.

Jacobson began playing live tournaments in 2008 and his success was instantaneous, recording a €197,904 cash in his first major event, finishing 3rd at EPT Budapest. He’s since moved to London and has recorded numerous 6-figure cashes throughout his career, with the largest payday coming from the 2013 One Drop High Roller, a $111,111 NLHE event in which he finished 6th for $807,427. His total career earnings now top the $4.8 million mark and are guaranteed to rise anywhere from $730k to a whopping $10mm before the 2014 WSOP Main Event concludes in November.

The Swedish poker pro sits in a precarious position at the moment, though. Although he held the chip lead at the end of Day 1A and Day 6, he now has only the 8th largest stack (or 2nd smallest) going into the 2014 WSOP Main Event final table. Jacobson will have 14.9 million chips to start; 23.475 million behind the leader, Jorryt van Hoof, and just 2.775 million higher than the lowest stack of Bruno Politano. Jacobson will have to make some skillful moves to build his stack early on, but if anyone is experienced enough to pull back ahead, it’s this guy.

2014 WSOP November Nine Players and Chip Counts

Jorryt van Hoof 38,375,000 Netherlands
Felix Stephensen 32,775,000 Norway
Mark Newhouse 26,000,000 USA
Andoni Larrabe 22,550,000 Spain
Dan Sindelar 21,200,000 USA
William Pappaconstantinou 17,500,000 USA
William Tonking 15,050,000 USA
Martin Jacobson 14,900,000 Sweden
Bruno Politano 12,125,000 Brazil


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