Martin Jacobson Takes WSOP Main Event Chip Lead Three-Handed

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We’re three-handed at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event and there has been plenty of drama thus far. You can catch the action on a 30-minute delay on ESPN and you will be able to watch until a winner is crowned at some point tonight. Three-handed play began at 9:00pm Eastern Time. Hole cards for anyone who enters a hand are being shown so you can follow along at home.

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On the 260th hand of final table play, which officially began 24 hours ago, Martin Jacobson(pictured) scooped a pot of 34 million in chips to sail to almost 90 million overall. At the time of writing, Jacobson sat in first place on the Main Event leaderboard at 88.1 million, ahead of Jorryt Van Hoof‘s 63.8 million and Felix Stephensen‘s 48.6 million. Jacobson started the day as the second largest stack and started the November Nine in eighth place.

In the key hand, on a board of 7-10-5-K-Q, Jacobson fired out a bet of 15 million after tanking for two minutes and Stephensen (pictured) called. When the cards were shown, Jacobson rolled over two aces, while Stephensen showed K-J for top pair. Jacobson’s rail erupted into cheers, while Stephensen’s crew stood in disbelief, many with their hands clasped across the back of their heads.

Stephensen doubled up shortly thereafter to stop the bleeding, showing 9-8 on a board of 4-3-9-5-K for a pair of nines. Van Hoof had J-5 for a pair of fives and mucked, and Stephensen doubled up, but remained the short stack.

ESPN poker commentator Antonio Esfandiari remarked that Van Hoof did not look nearly as intimidating tonight as he did last night. On Monday, he was compared to a “Die Hard” villain and many players at the table simply tried to stay out of his way.

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