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  1. Through the first 46 events of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the total prize pool stands at a three-year high at $85.7 million, while the total number of entrants is at a three-year low of 48,620. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Caesars Interactive Entertainment Vice President of Corporate CommunicationsSeth Palansky told PocketFives on Tuesday, "We're tracking very similarly to our record-breaking years on attendance and prize pool that we've had the past two years. The most notable difference this year is all of the $10K events we have. Those tournaments take their toll when looking at entrants, but as you see, typically help grow the total prize pool." Here's how the numbers look for 2012, 2013, and 2014: 2014 through 46 events: 48,620 entrants, $85,776,405 prize pool 2013 through 46 events: 52,546 entrants, $77,419,395 prize pool 2012 through 46 events: 48,689 entrants, $85,630,905 prize pool Still to come this year are the $10,000 Main Event, the $1 million Big One for One Drop that's capped at 56 players, and nine events that have buy-ins of $1,500 or less. As Palansky put it, "It has been a great, great summer thus far with a lot of big, new, and exciting events on the docket. Things are trending up and with $10 million guaranteed first place prize for the Main Event, we are very optimistic that 2014 will finish with a dramatic and historical conclusion." The Big One for One Drop should dramatically affect the total prize pool for 2014, as a sold out field of 56 would mean a total prize pool of nearly $50 million, with the winner potentially walking away with over $20 million. As of one week ago, there were 41 confirmed players. WSOP officials fully expect the event to sell out. The Main Event had 6,352 entrants in 2013, which equated to a prize pool of $59 million. Therefore, the One Drop and Main Event combined could mean more than $110 million in prize money funneled into the 2014 WSOP purse by themselves. Last year, $197 million was awarded across 65 events, the same number that will play out this year. There were 79,471 total entrants one year ago. The first 46 events included seven with a buy-in of $1,000 this year, the same number as last year. Check out our complete WSOP coverage, sponsored by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Martin Jacobson's 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event win confirmed him as one of the best live tournament players of his generation. In the time since his $10 million victory, Jacobson's results suggest his game has remained sharp. Jacobson made three final tables last summer including a sixth-place result in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop. The process for preparing for the summer grind does not wane for Jacobson. He is ready for the chance to win a second bracelet. Jacobson, who recently became an 888poker ambassador, jumps at the bit to map out his summer plans upon the release of the WSOP calendar. "As soon as the schedule gets released I start getting excited as I plan on which event I'm looking to play," Jacobson said. "My favorite part is obviously the Main event but I also love the feeling of playing in the first event each year. It gives me a short flashback of the very first time I played a WSOP event before every day rapidly becomes very repetitive." The plan for Jacobson is to play as many No Limit Hold'em events as possible. Those events are usually at the Rio but Jacobson took his show to the strip and the Venetian a few times in 2017. Jacobson wrapped up last year's campaign with a second-place finish in a chop deal in the Card Player Poker Tour $5,000 Main Event for $398,303. Overall, Jacobson racked up six cashes. This summer fills with more anticipation than usual for Jacobson. The four-year time-span since his Main Event triumph coincides with another major global tournament. "I will say that for some reason I feel extra motivated this year. Perhaps it's because it was now four years ago I won and it was also the year of the World Cup, which brings back memories and sparks some additional excitement." Jacobson notes that the monotony of the daily grind becomes cumbersome early on. Once the redundancy kicks in, the "excitement" reduces. When the endgame arrives, Jacobson is able to leverage his experience and work ethic. "It's all part of the game though and it's also what makes the reward so much sweeter, knowing that all that hard work and grind paid off in the end." How does Jacobson keep himself fresh for the summer? The Swede says he tries to set up as many mini-vacations as possible to remove himself from the casino environment. The destinations Jacobson prefers are Lake Mead, Los Angeles, and Red Rock. Finally, Jacobson tries to simulate a culture similar to where he lives in London. Cashes in four countries so far in 2018 equal weeks on the road. The one-city nature of the summer in Las Vegas means different routines. "I try to create some sort of home environment," Jacobson said. "A huge part of it is staying in a hotel or apartment complex without a casino and having the ability to cook my own meals." Jacobson's play sets him apart from his peers along with the banner that hangs in the Rio. Four years is a long time for poker players and the 30-year-old Jacobson is looking forward to the opportunity to cash big once again with another major title in his sight.

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