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  1. We're coming down to the wire in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, which has 17 players remaining at the time of writing and will determine its November Nine this evening from the Rio in Las Vegas. Play began with 27 still standing at Noon Pacific Time on Monday and consolidated to two tables just a few hours later. --- 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. --- Sweden's Martin Jacobson (pictured) continues to lead the way. He had a six million-chip lead coming into the November Nine play down day and, although he lost the lead for a fleeting few minutes, he had regained it by the time this author sat down to pound out an article. The first player eliminated after the field consolidated to two tables of nine was Scott Mahin, who called all-in on a flop of 6-10-8 with two diamonds. Mahin was ahead with 10-8 for top two pair, but Andoni Larrabe was drawing to the nut flush with Ad-Kd. The turn was an ace, improving Larrabe to a pair and adding more outs, and a diamond on the river sealed Mahin's fate. He cashed for $347,000 and left the stage fairly emotional, as it was his first live tournament cash. Craig mcc3991McCorkell (pictured) was still alive, although he had the third shortest stack in the room when 17 remained. He was a fan favorite on Twitter, with Phil Galfond among those rooting him on: "GL @CraigMcCorkell! Just do your thing and hopefully the cards will cooperate… Know you don't need tournament coaching, but if there's anything I could do to help, let me know." Bryan badbeatninjaDevonshire was one of the first eliminations of the day in 25th place. He Tweeted, "Busto TT to AJs. 0-fer three in flips this tournament. Bummed I couldn't win a pot on Day 7, but happy to make it here. Back to the river." He then Tweeted a picture of several wads of hundred dollar bills as well as a check for his winnings. Former Main Event runner-up Paul Wasicka was among those consoling Devonshire on Twitter, writing, "Sorry man, good run." Still in the hunt for a 2014 WSOP November Nine birth is Mark Newhouse, who is looking to become the first two-time November Niner and the first person since Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004 to make the WSOP Main Event final table in back-to-back years. Here are the stacks of the 17 remaining players in the 2014 WSOP Main Event: 1. Martin Jacobson - 22,600,000 2. Dan Sindelar - 18,800,000 3. Bruno Politano - 18,180,000 4. Felix Stephensen - 14,150,000 5. Luis Velador - 13,620,000 6. Jorryt van Hoof - 13,100,000 7. William Pappaconstantinou - 13,000,000 8. Thomas Sarra - 12,910,000 9. Andoni Larrabe - 12,880,000 10. William Tonking - 10,600,000 11. Maximilian Senft - 10,300,000 12. Christopher Greaves - 9,300,000 13. Mark Newhouse - 7,810,000 14. Eddy Sabat - 6,110,000 15. Craig mcc3991McCorkell - 6,060,000 16. Andrey Zaya Zaichenko - 5,830,000 17. Oscar Kemps - 5,400,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you 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. Swedish poker professional Martin Jacobson began Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event in 14th place out of 79 players with 3,925,000 in chips. Jacobson is one of the better known poker players in Europe, with almost $5 million in cashes prior to the 2014 Main Event. In January 2011, he finished in second place in the European Poker Tour Main Event in Deauville for over $760,000. Jacobson also has had success playing nosebleed tournaments, finishing in sixth place in June 2013 $111,111 One Drop charity event for over $800,000. He followed that up with an eighth place finish in Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge for over $310,000. Jacobson spent a good part of Day 5 in the 2014 WSOP Main Event battling it out with American poker player Matthew Haugen. Early on in the day with the blinds at 12,000/24,000, Jacobson raised pre-flop with 6d-6s to 55,000 from early position and Haugen called from the big blind. Both players checked the flop and turn on a board of 7s-3h-Qc-4s. However, when the action was checked to Jacobson when the 5c hit on the river, he couldn't avoid a value bet with a straight. Jacobson bet 200,000 in chips, which Haugen called, increasing Jacobson's chip stack to over 100 big blinds at 2.4 million in chips. Jacobson, later in the day, broke the 3.5 million-chip mark when the blinds were 15,000/30,000 against American poker player Brian Roberts. Jacobson had to make a tough call on a board of Ad-9c-2s-7s-Js when Roberts put him to the test with a 165,000-chip bluff with Kh-8d. Jacobson eventually made the call with 9d-6d or third pair on a board that also would have filled a potential flush draw if Roberts were holding two spades. Later on in Day 5, Jacobson was battling again with Haugen. This time he three-barreled a board of 8h-9h-4c-Qc-As to bring his chip stack to 4.3 million chips. Haugen got the best of Jacobson soon afterward. Haugen started the day as the chip leader, but found himself down to 130,000 in chips. After making a small comeback, he doubled up to 775,000 chips when he got it all-in with Ac-Kh against Jacobson's 4h-4d. Jacobson was drawing to a two-outer on a Ks-Kc-Jh flop and was unable to improve his hand when Haugen hit a full house after the board completed with the Qd-Ad.
  3. We have a winner! Martin Jacobson (pictured) has won the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, defeating Felix Stephensen heads-up after starting with nearly a 3:1 chip lead. Jacobson received a bundle of praise for playing a near-perfect game from many in the poker community throughout the night. The final tabled last 328 hands. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- After several shoves and would-be all-in confrontations heads-up, Stephensen opened for 3.5 million and Jacobson pushed, putting his opponent all-in. Stephensen called for about 25 million more and flipped over A-9 of hearts, while Jacobson showed 10-10. ESPN commentator Norman Chad noted that the cards basically played themselves. Stephensen's coach, Scott Seiver, continued to coach his student throughout the hand. WSOP's coverage detailed the rowdy scene, which appeared on ESPN on a half-hour delay: "With Stephensen at the disadvantage, each player's rail took to their feet and began chanting excessively. 'Ten for ten! Ten for ten!' shouted Jacobson's rail. 'Ace! Ace! Ace!' responded Stephensen's rail." Jacobson hit the flop hard, nailing a set, and Stephensen was drawing dead by the river. Jacobson's rail burst into cheers and included the likes of PocketFivers Jason JAKoon1985Koon, Mark AceSpadesRadoja, JC PrtyPSuxAlvarado, Connor blanconegroDrinan, and Mohsin chicagocards1 Charania. That's a lot of brainpower. Stephensen and Jacobson watched the final card from the stage together. Since Joe Cada in 2009, no player had gone from beginning chip leader of the event to champion, but Jacobson did so after finishing on top of the counts way back on Day 1A, according to WSOP officials. Additionally, Jacobson, at 27, is the oldest player to win the Main Event since Jerry Yang in 2007. Among those saluting Jacobson's performance in the 2014 WSOP Main Event was Mike Matusow, who said on social media, "Martin Jacobson has played mistake-free poker for 2 days, truly awesome to watch as a professional poker player." David "ODB" Baker gave his take: "Seriously impressed by everything about Jacobson. Great demeanor. Seems to have healthy confidence but not arrogance. Respect for opponents." Jean-Robert Bellande praised, "This Jacobson is such an amazing decision maker." Jacobson was down to a measly seven big blinds at one point during the final table, but stayed patient and chose his spots wisely. He knocked out November Nine chip leader Jorryt Van Hoofin third place after seemingly setting Van Hoof up with A-10. Read the hand. Stephensen raked in $5.1 million for second place and Jacobson captured the coveted WSOP Main Event bracelet and $10 million. 2014 marked the 14th time that a WSOP Main Event's winning hand had been a pocket pair; it has still never been aces. Jacobson was the second shortest stack entering the November Nine. We'll have more for you on Wednesday right here on PocketFives. Congrats to Martin Jacobson on making poker history! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. We're down to three players in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. After 244 hands, play ended at the Rio in Las Vegas during the morning rush hour on the East Coast. Jorryt Van Hoof, Martin Jacobson, and Felix Stephensen (pictured) will fight for a $10 million top prize on Tuesday night starting at 8:30pm ET, with the action airing on a half-hour delay starting at 9:00pm ET on ESPN. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Van Hoof had reclaimed the chip lead and play was eight-handed when this author turned in for the night around 1:00am ET. Shortly thereafter, Bruno Politano, who brought 150 screaming fans from Brazil, open-shoved with Q-10 offsuit and found a taker in Stephensen, who called from the big blind. Stephensen showed pocket sevens and the pair held, sending Politano home in eighth place for $947,000. Coverage on PokerNews detailed about Politano's exit, "As Stephensen scooped the pot to climb to over 27 million, Politano's rail continued to chant, cheer, and clap for their countryman as he embraced all the support with a big smile on his face before exiting the stage." Dan Sindelar(pictured) was the next to go after 4bet shoving pre-flop with pocket jacks. Van Hoof, who 3bet in the hand, called, showed A-3 of hearts, and flopped top pair and a flush draw to take a commanding lead. The offsuit jack never came for Sindelar, who headed to the rail in seventh place for $1.2 million. Billy Pappasdoubled up twice in a span of four hands to jump into third place in the Main Event. Then, on the 140th hand of final table play, Spain's Andoni Larrabe 3bet all-in before the flop and Van Hoof once again called, this time with K-5 of hearts. Larrabe had J-10 of clubs for what amounted to a coin flip, but the board ran out 8-3-K-8-6 to give Van Hoof the pot. Larrabe made $1.6 million for sixth place. With that pot, Van Hoof had 40% of the chips in play and seemed like a runaway freight train. One shy of hand #200, Stephensen doubled through him with A-8 against J-J. Stephensen hit an ace on the flop to take the lead and no saving jack came on the turn or river. Nine hands later, Jacobson, who had been quite short earlier in the night, doubled through Pappas with pocket fives against A-J. Jacobson hit a set on the flop to leave Pappas with less than an ante and the latter was eliminated on the next hand to set up four-handed play. Pappas Tweeted after his final pot, "Thanks everyone for the support! Seems like I became kind of a fan favorite. It's truly an honor!" Finally, William Tonking (pictured), who had looked impressive once he opened his game up, ran ducks into pocket tens on his final hand. Tonking picked up a flush draw on the flop, but blanked on the turn and river to bust in fourth place for $2.8 million. Despite the late hour, the action continued through the end of the level, or another 20 hands, setting up Tuesday night's conclusion. Here are the chip stacks: Jorryt van Hoof - 89,625,000 Martin Jacobson - 64,750,000 Felix Stephensen - 46,100,000 Former WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson commented on social media, "All 3 of these guys would make a deserving champ. Excited to welcome one of them to the fraternity." Jacobson went from the second shortest stack in the room to the second largest three-handed, while Van Hoof and Stephensen were 1-2, respectively, when nine-handed play began. If you were sleeping, Mark Newhouse finished in ninth place after busting with pocket tens. This is the same position he finished in last year, but will still go down as one of the most impressive feats in the history of poker. When play resumes, the blinds will be 600,000-1.2 million with an ante of 200,000. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest from the 2014 WSOP Main Event. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. Last week, World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop champ Dan Colman (pictured) provoked another firestorm of controversy after popping into a 2+2 thread and laying heavy criticism on 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. After watching his comments spread like wildfire through the poker community, the 24-year-old softened his stance on the "Poker Brat" and issued an apology of sorts. In the same post, though, Colman couldn't help but speak his mind and praised 2014 Main Event winner Martin Jacobson, while chiding his predecessor, Ryan Riess. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- In his original remarks, Colman blasted Hellmuth, calling his table behavior "truly pathetic," while referring to him as "spineless" and "a cancer to this world". He also questioned the "Poker Brat's" association with Ultimate Bet, his refusal to answer questions regarding the site's cheating scandal, and implied that Hellmuth would do "anything for a payday." But the young grinder apparently didn't anticipate the way his post would be scrutinized by the media. Hellmuth himself even Tweeted about the insult, saying that "it was personal and it hurts." That's when Colman decided to take things down a notch and posted a lengthy response in the original thread. "I admit to being too harsh in my initial post. Phil didn't deserve that hateful of a message," he said. "I was a bit heated in the moment and it showed in my writings. I underestimate how much the poker world amplifies anything I have to say now that I have god-moded a few live tournaments." Colman continued by reiterating his decision to not become an ambassador for the game. "I am sorry, but I'm not going to be that guy," he said. "Luckily for you guys, there's an abundance of players out there who I am sure can bring good attention to poker and cast it in a good light." One of his favored candidates for that role seems to be 2014 WSOP Main Event bracelet winner Martin Jacobson (pictured). "Look to the new Main Event champ… unlike the last champ, he doesn't have to go around saying he's the best in the world after winning," he said. "He plays phenomenal poker and carries himself exceptionally well, so his peers are happy to do the talking for him." With that statement, he took a shot at 2013 Main Event winner Ryan Riess, the 24-year-old poker pro who often claimed that he was the best poker player in the world. That said, Coleman heaped more praise on this year's Main Event winner while continuing to criticize Hellmuth (pictured). "I think I can speak for any legitimate pro when I say that I want someone like Martin representing the game of poker to the casual fan over an obnoxious brat like Phil Hellmuth, who I think makes a complete mockery out of the game with his antics," he continued. "If you want poker to be taken seriously and seen as a sport, I think we should all be condemning PH for his conduct." While he may have apologized to Hellmuth initially, Coleman went right back on the attack, questioning the controversial pro's involvement in Ultimate Bet. "As much as some of you guys want to give him a pass on his table behavior because you think it draws in people to poker, sites like UB, which he represented, do the exact opposite and put a stain on poker that is hard to remove," he said. "In my view, he is a terrible ambassador for the game and I think it's despicable that with all the money he made as the face of UB, he has never even sat down and engaged the poker community about his involvement." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. Last month in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, Vancouver's Ankush pistons87 Mandavia (pictured) topped a field of 624 entrants for a $26,000 payday. Six of the top eight finishers that day were members of PocketFives and our community scooped 71% of the prize pool, or $88,000 in real money. "It feels good for sure," Mandavia told PocketFives. "I think I got ninth the last time I played it, so it was nice to get some redemption." He has won other Sunday Majors as well, including the Sunday $109 Rebuy, Sunday Second Chance, and Sunday Mulligan. Heads-up, Mandavia went toe-to-toe with former #1 ranked mindgamer. We asked Mandavia for a scouting report on his fellow PocketFiver and he responded, "He's obviously a great player, but I am more experienced heads-up, so I definitely feel I have an edge on most MTT players." If you don't already know, Mandavia is a former heads-up sit and go regular. He used to play $5,000 sit and gos on a regular basis and made Supernova Elite on PokerStars for three years before shifting his focus to MTTs. He is on the cusp of passing $2.5 million in online tournament scores for his career and was once ranked as high as #29 in the world on PocketFives. We'd think playing heads-up games for $5,000 a pop could mean plenty of pressure to perform. "You just get used to it after a while," Mandavia said of separating the monetary aspect of the game. "Moving up in stakes was part of it too, so it wasn't just jumping into a $5,000 heads-up sit and go right away." If you're wondering why Mandavia would abandon a seemingly profitable heads-up sit and go career, he said, "Heads-up is not as lucrative as it used to be. The competition is fierce and the recreational player pool has dried up quite a bit. I also don't play full-time anymore, so MTTs accommodate that schedule better." His largest tracked score came in September in a $10,300 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max Re-Entry event during the WCOOP and was good for over a half-million dollars officially. "It was very awesome," he said. "This year has been amazing overall." He has SCOOP, WCOOP, and FTOPS titles and has performed admirably well during major tournament series. In November, Sweden's Martin Jacobson took home $10 million after winning the World Series of Poker Main Event. If you caught the action on television or in person, you might have noticed Mandavia on Jacobson's rail, which he called "one of the coolest poker moments of my career." "We've been friends for a while," Mandavia said of his relationship with the reigning WSOP Main Event champion (pictured). "We both have traveled the circuit in the past. The experience was pretty awesome. Martin going from short stack to winning was insane and a lot of our friends were there. It's the biggest title you can win in poker, so I was honored to be part of it." Jacobson was down to just five big blinds at one point during the November Nine before storming back. He closed by wanting to thank his family and friends for being so supportive. The Sunday Brawl runs weekly on Full Tilt. If you don't already have a Full Tilt account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners poker training. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. Once again next year, the World Series of Poker Main Event will carry a $10 million guaranteed first place prize. First making an appearance this year, the eight-figure guaranteed payday for first place helped draw in 6,683 entrants, with Sweden's Martin Jacobson taking down the title proudly draped in a flag from his home country. WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel took to Twitter on Friday to thank players for their feedback on the preliminary 2015 WSOP schedule, which was released earlier this week. In response, he was met with a bevy of payout suggestions about the Main Event, several questioning the need to guarantee $10 million to first. "Everybody loves the $500 and the MM, everybody hates the $10m GTD first place. Listen to your customers. You're above gimmicks," wrote Eric jakz101pokerCrain. David Davidp18 Peters added, "1/6 going to 1st in this big of field is absolutely insane. Payouts in MTTs are way too top-heavy as it is, don't make it worse." Last year, the tournament had a $62 million prize pool, with $10 million, or 16%, going to Jacobson. Here is the Tweet from Effel: What do you think? Leave a comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. Having been teased for several months, the documentary following reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin Jacobson(pictured) has been released. Entitled "10 For 10," the documentary is a nice look back at the Swede's run to poker's World Championship, but a bit disappointing in that it is light on actual content. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The roughly 25-minute long documentary can be found here. It picks up Jacobson's preparations for the resumption of the November Nine final table 30 hours prior to the event. Jacobson, putting himself through a yoga session to clear the mind, provides a voiceover, briefly speaking about the action just before the November Nine was determined. Yoga and lifestyle choices, Jacobson believes, will allow him to prepare for the grueling session that he will undertake in just over a day. The documentary goes on to show that Jacobson enlisted the assistance of two close friends, Canadian poker pros Mark AceSpadesRadoja (a two-time WSOP bracelet winner) and Sam Chartier (one of the top poker players in the world), to help with his mindset and preparation. The documentary shows how the group would sit around a table discussing different scenarios and potential moves that other players might make, including amateur Billy Pappasand Brazil's Bruno Politano. The second part of the documentary concentrates on the run-up to the final three of the November Nine. There is some attention given to the fact that Jacobson was the short stack pretty early during final table play, but he was able to fall back on his physical and mental training to pull himself out of the proverbial basement. When Jacobson took down William Tonking (pictured) in fourth place, the second segment ends as Jacobson joins his mother, sister, and girlfriend in enjoying his achievement. The third segment traces the run by Jacobson to the title after making the final three with Jorryt van Hoofand eventual runner-up Felix Stephensen. This segment also provided the most commentary from Jacobson than appeared at any point in the film. "I don't think about the money that much," Jacobson commented. "It's more important to me to win the title." As Jacobson won the title, there's a voiceover from ESPN commentator and poker pro Antonio Esfandiari saying, "In the mental game, Jacobson was the best. His overall approach was phenomenal; he didn't make any mistakes. It was the best performance I've seen." The documentary ends with the celebration of Jacobson's win with his friends and family. The last shot seen in the documentary isn't that of Jacobson with the Swedish flag around him as he celebrates the victory, but of him with his cohorts playing craps at the Rio following the victory. Overall, the documentary was disappointing, unfortunately. While I did like the fact that it was a quick half-hour look at how Jacobson achieved his goal of winning the Main Event, I would have liked to see more about Jacobson himself. Other than noting in his first trip to the Main Event in 2008 that he was eliminated on the third hand of the day's play, we aren't told that Jacobson had since then become one of the best players on the European circuit and a fixture at European Poker Tour events. There could have been more about his climb to poker's Mount Everest put into the documentary. Secondly, anyone can go online and find how the "November Nine" final table played out, either in print or videos. It would have been good to get Jacobson's thoughts, then and afterwards, about what was going through his mind at the time. The most important thing to learn from Jacobson would have probably been about how he resurrected himself from the bottom of the ladder to the ultimate victory, but little to no commentary is given about this situation. Let us know what you think by commenting below! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  9. [caption width="618"] Martin Jacobson's 2014 WSOP Main Event win was a watershed moment for poker in Sweden[/caption] In 2014, Martin Jacobson's life was changed forever after he won the World Series of Poker Main Event. The Swedish poker player received the second largest cash prize ever given out in the WSOP's marquee tournament, $10 million, and was the first player from his home country to win it all. Not even two years later, Swedes rule the roost on PocketFives. Players from Sweden make up half of the top 10 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and Sweden has entrenched itself at #1 in the Country Poker Rankings, a perch it won't be flung from anytime soon. Jacobson's win propelled him into the poker spotlight and gave the world a glimpse at the brilliance of the Swedish poker community. "I'm sure his win must have boosted the popularity of poker at least a little bit, even though it wasn't that well-covered in the mainstream media," Sweden's 'Ariados' said. "I think what it did was motivate players like me who were taking the game seriously already to get better when we realized how professional Martin's approach was. A lot of us were quite stoked when he won and a little bit jealous. It was like rooting for your country in a big sporting event." Eleven years before Jacobson, Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event, defeating Sammy Farha. Moneymaker, holding 5-4 for a flopped two pair against Farha's top pair of jacks, famously paced around the room during the final hand, his hands clasped behind his head and his beige hat turned backwards. Moneymaker, an "every man" by every standard, hit another five on the river and officially changed poker forever. "This is beyond fairy tale, it's inconceivable," said announcer Norman Chad at the time. Moneymaker, then a 27-year-old accountant from the Bible Belt, won his seat in a satellite on PokerStars. As a result, attendance at the WSOP soared, growing from 839 in the Main Event in 2003 to 10 times that just three years later. There was no fairy tale when Jacobson won. There weren't any glass slippers. Swedes didn't sign up for online poker rooms in droves. The pro's win was the exact opposite of "inconceivable." For Jacobson, it was business as usual. "I don't think any WSOP champion has had the effect Moneymaker had on the global poker market," Jacobson said. Prior to Jacobson's Main Event win, he had a baker's dozen of six-figure live scores, according to the Hendon Mob. He wasn't a spring chicken like his Tennessee counterpart. Now, with more than $15 million in live winnings, Jacobson tops Sweden's all-time money list and is #13 worldwide, ahead of greats like Carlos Mortensen and Vanessa Selbst. "Unfortunately, the interest for poker seems to be really low in Sweden at the moment," Jacobson said. "I feel like it would be tough for one single person like me to change that. It would almost have to be backed by big corporations like PokerStars that have the resources to create advertisements, campaigns, and promotions." While Jacobson's monumental win didn't ignite the masses' desire to play poker, it had a profound effect on poker pros from Sweden. 'Ariados' already alluded to what happened, and he's about to pass $5.5 million in career online tournament winnings because of it. 'Ariados' also just finished third in a partypoker Powerfest event for well over $100,000 and continues to pile on earnings for himself and for his Swedish brethren. [caption width="640"] 'Ariados' is one of the top-ranked players in Sweden[/caption] 'Pot4teUS', ranked #19 in the world and #6 in Sweden, echoed what 'Ariados' said. "Martin is a true legend of the game," 'Pot4teUS' said. "Chris Moneymaker made the Average Joe realize that anyone can make it, while Martin really won it for the pros. He showed the world how much it means to be well-prepared and 100% focused on a goal, from the time he bagged his chips in July until his winning hand. A well-respected pro like Martin winning the title by basically playing a perfect final table isn't going to create any sort of boom in Sweden, but he showed the pros how to be a pro." "I'm not sure we saw any new boom in Sweden after Martin won," #9 ranked Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson said. "Martin is a really nice guy and a good ambassador in general in the poker world, but a Swedish poker pro winning the WSOP Main Event isn't fairy tale enough to trigger Swedish people to try their luck at the tables. They might need an Average Joe, or 'Svensson' as we say in Sweden, or someone who would create a lot of headlines." 'lena900', who passed $4 million in career winnings this month, added, "I don't think Martin's win influenced poker in Sweden. All of the top players from Sweden had been playing too long by that point." Jeppsson, 'lena900', 'Pot4teUS', and 'Ariados' were all members of the PocketFives community long before Jacobson slipped on his gold bracelet in Las Vegas with Swedish flags draped around him. They had all piled on hundreds of thousands of dollars in cashes long before Jacobson wrote his name into poker history. Then there's Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom, one of the most well-known cash game players in the world and a product of the Swedish poker mill. According to HighStakesDB, Blom has $2 million in career profit on PokerStars, while he's down almost $5 million on Full Tilt after run-ins with guys like Brian Hastings and Brian Townsend. Nevertheless, Blom continues to be a mainstay of the high-stakes cash game world. He was unmasked in 2011. [caption width="450"] Sweden's Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom is one of the poker world's most well-known players[/caption] How did Swedes grow to be such a force in the online poker world, then? Outside of a little inspiration from Jacobson and some hoopla surrounding Blom, it was a combination of peer pressure and group think. "Poker has always been popular in Sweden," 'Ariados' said. "Ever since the poker boom, we've had successful players in both MTTs and cash games. We're a pretty big group of high-stakes MTT players now and most of us know each other. I think we keep motivating each other to perform our very best. When people close to you are successful, you want to achieve that yourself and you realize it's possible. It also helps a lot that you can discuss hands and strategy and keep improving with each other's help." According to 'Ariados', the brand names of the Swedish poker community hang out together outside of the game. So, when they're not grinding online, they're putting back Crocodile beer from Krönleins in the local pubs. "Many of these guys are good friends and hang out a lot outside of poker," 'Ariados' said. "But, I'm not really part of that core group, so for me it's mostly poker-related when we chat. I've met all of them at local clubs or on the live circuit and we keep in contact online and occasionally grind together." It also helps that Sweden isn't known for its incredibly balmy climate. It's never "beach day," so being confined indoors can mean a boon to the local poker population. "I can't say for sure why we've been more successful, but as I said I think we're very good at helping and motivating each other to improve and perform our very best," 'Ariados' said. "I think a lot of us really enjoy the game of poker, not just the success and money that could come with it." The results are striking. The 1,270 registered PocketFives members from Sweden have combined for $123 million in winnings over the years, an average of almost $100,000 each. In the past three months, Swedes have amassed $8.5 million in winnings. The Swedish poker community is the only one that has three players with more than 7,000 PLB Points each. The European nation paces the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings with a combined PLB score of its top 20 players of 110,987 points, 6,000 more than the next closest locale. [caption width="654"] Key stats for the Sweden poker community[/caption] "'C Darwin2' and 'lena900' are particularly hot right now," 'Ariados' said. "A month from now it could be someone else. We have some pretty talented up-and-comers as well like Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin, who has also had a lot of success this month." While 'Ariados' said that the general public in Sweden, for the most part, does not understand what poker is and what it takes to be successful at it, his parents have come to accept and appreciate the game he loves. "That, however, has taken time," he said. "They'd always support me no matter what I chose to do. They just didn't like the ups and downs that came with poker. I'm in a steadier place right now financially and emotionally, which I think is a relief for them." "My non-poker friends think it's cool and are very happy for me," he added. "Most of them are interested in poker as well and understand the principles of the game."
  10. [caption width="640"] Martin Jacobson isn't exactly resting on his laurels.[/caption] As a former WSOP Main Event champion, Martin Jacobson has very little to prove. That doesn't stop him from trying, however. On Sunday, Jacobson took down the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic Six-Max event for $46,220. Jacobson wasn't Sunday's biggest winner, though - that honor went to 'stardust167', who won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for a score of $179,121. Nicolau 'nicofellow' Villa-Lobos and 'KumariOy' walked away with $132,894 and $93,604 for their respective second and third place efforts in that event. In the Sunday Warm-Up, 'dariepoker' was involved in a heads-up chop with Australia's 'bennybunny18', and the former received $71,407 after the deal. The Sunday 500 first place cash prize of $59,156 went to 'miggs9', while 74th-ranked 'emeriaa' of Finland was awarded $42,593 for being the runner-up. The twice-monthly 888 Poker WHALE was taken down by 'P0kerwinners' for a payday of $38,046. P5s member 'Fold Machiii' of the United Kingdom (ranked #131 worldwide) earned a victory in the 888 Mega Deep and collected $28,815. The $530 buy-in PartyPoker High Roller was won by PocketFiver 'hellohellohello' of the Russian Federation for $27,780. The victory could place the 27th-ranked online tournament player back into the top 10 worldwide. Hungary's 'atis84' outlasted more than 30,000 opponents to win the PokerStars Sunday Storm for an even $28,000 following a heads-up deal with fellow member 'aadoubleup' of Canada. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) 5,778 entrants - $1,155,600 paid out to 855 spots ~ Full Recap stardust167 - $179,120.79 nicofellow - $132,894.00 KumariOy - $93,603.60 feldegani.ps - $64,886.94 capodelon - $48,535.20 IMDaBuster - $36,979.20 DEdgge - $25,423.20 gordinho90 - $14,445.00 pmahoney22 - $9,013.68 (pmahoney1) PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) 2,417 entrants - $483,400 paid out to 360 spots ~ Full Recap dariepoker - $71,406.54 bennybunny18 - $62,336.17 *2-way deal 1_conor_b_1 - $41,089.00 Mogelwette - $28,278.90 masterc50 - $21,511.30 zzwwzzwwzz - $16,677.30 majkl1812 - $11,843.30 tig wired - $7,009.30 Goudvis_90 - $4,108.90 PokerStars Sunday 500 ($500+$35 NLHE) 631 entrants - $315,500 paid out to 90 spots ~ Full Recap miggs9 - $59,156.25 elmerixx - $42,592.50 (emeriaa) ifghassan - $31,550.00 Monk532 - $23,662.50 trujustrus - $16,563.75 TMoney0209 - $13,408.75 (T Money) checkie 80 - $10,253.75 johnnylodden - $7,098.75 salta44 - $4,448.55 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($200+$15 NLHE 6-Max) 1,309 entrants - $275,937 paid out to 168 spots ~ Full Recap Martin 'M.nosbocaJ' Jacobson - $46,220.40 brights88 - $34,492.15 koala352 - $26,076.06 heißtercamp - $17,797.94 MuhammedJiha - $11,644.54 garyknife - $7,588.27 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) 30,569 entrants - $305,690 paid out to 4,500 spots ~ Full Recap 1. atis84 - $28,000.00 2. iampot - $21,543.74 (aadoubleup) *2-way deal 3. Mathew Fencev - $13,603.20 4. jonzstars - $10,546.30 5. dlizarazu - $7,489.40 6. I like dinar - $4,585.35 7. everlaz3r - $3,209.74 8. withewidow57 - $2,139.83 9. Redland101 - $1,513.16 PartyPoker High Roller ($530 NLHE Re-Entry) 290 entrants - $150,000 paid out to 45 spots nicecallLOL - $27,780 (hellohellohello) Graftekkel - $19,515 Justice_Rat - $13,950 LaForceTrankil - $11,400 Kaeleaben - $9,750 Logic- - $8,250 Trash Compactor - $6,750 Donald.Burns - $5,250 PHILIVEYNO1 - $3,750 iPoker Sunday Masters (€150 NLHE) 153 entrants - $23,789 paid out to 27 spots ~ Full Recap MuckingMonkey - $5,114.66 joaomathias - $3,687.31 thatsQuagm1re - $2,795.22 Crunch86 - $2,081.55 ulickmagee777 - $1,427.35 bra1n0ff - $1,189.46 nutyfish - $951.56 PiratSmart - $713.67 goslow42 - $475.78 888 WHALE ($600 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 348 entrants - $196,620 paid out to 45 spots P0kerwinners - $38,046 ragaaaila19 - $28,510 123_THC - $21,628 sha923 - $16,221 Biack88 - $11,207 (Blackk) piet3 - $8,651 dan_kolof - $6,685 BringItOn313 - $4,719 DEOSONER - $3,441 888 Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) *$120k Guaranteed 796 entrants - $159,200 paid out to 108 spots xin_bama - $28,815 (Fold Machiii) yahuyeyu - $20,696 susanboyle1 - $15,522 (SuitedAcesBaby) whitedream - $11,622 carpediem200 - $8,199 PulledPorker - $6,607 (OU_dlanger610) ilovemckeown - $5,015 YesLimit - $3,518 DinnersOnYou - $2,038 Full Tilt FTOPS Event #1 ($100 NLHE) 1,245 entrants - $114,450 paid out to 198 spots dmarcelb - $18,040 youbuzzme - $13,058 panpankracy - $9,335 28MODMOR - $6,300 (ROMDOM82) rdcrsm - $4,925 (Aggro Santos) drMz1 - $3,837 (sattla) gofko - $2,921 lfuseedisaster - $2,176 marioTJ - $1,718
  11. [caption width="640"] Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree took down the ,000 Tag Team Championship on Friday for the first career bracelets (WSOP photo)[/caption] Since they first started dating a few years ago, Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov have been one of poker's "power couples". On Friday night at the 2017 World Series of Poker, they proved that, winning the $10,000 Tag Team Championship for the first WSOP bracelets of their careers. Their win was the highlight of the first busy day of the WSOP. Boeree and Kurganov Deny Negreanu #7 When the final six teams returned to action in the $10,000 Tag Team Championship on Friday, most people were focused on the team with the chip lead since it featured Daniel Negreanu going for bracelet #7. Negreanu's team, which consisted of Eric Wasserson, Mark Gregorich and David Benyamine, managed to get three-handed with the chip lead but Boeree and Kurganov had other ideas. Team Negreanu was eliminated in third place, leaving Boeree and Kurganov to battle heads-up with Ankush Mandavia and Joe Kuether. Mandavia and Kurganov battled for a little over 90 minutes before Kurganov finally eliminated his team's last opponent. "This is genuinely an event where I'm happier about the two bracelets that we win from it," said Kurganov. "People always say that I want to win the bracelet, but here the ratio of bracelet-to-money is even better than usual." The couple also announced they would be donating half of their total winnings to Raising for Effective Giving, the charity they founded together. "The charity was basically our third and fourth player," said Kurganov. Final Table Payouts Liv Boeree - Igor Kurganov - $273,964 Ankush Mandavia - Joe Kuether - $169,323 Daniel Negreanu - Eric Wasserson - David Benyamine - Mark Gregorich - $119,753 Anthony Ajlouny - David Fong - Mike McClain - $86,237 Javier Gomez - Lander Lijo - $63,253 Martin Jacobson - Mark Radoja - $47,271 J.C. Tran - Nam Le - Antonio Gutierrez - $36,008 Connor Drinan - Mike Aron - $27,967 Dietrich Fast - Moritz Dietrich - Jan Schwippert - $22,156 Busquet, De Silva, Paur Highlight $3K Shootout Final Table Just ten players remain in the $3,00 No Limit Hold'em Shootout after Day 2 and a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives is among them. Taylor Paur, who was #1 in 2011, is joined by Olivier Busquet, Jean Gaspard and Upeshka De Silva. Jan Schwippert is also at the final table, making him the first player to make two final tables this summer. Schwippert was part of a team that finished ninth in the $10K Tag Team Championship. The final 10 begins play at Noon. Final Table Chip Counts Olivier Busquet - 571,000 Jan Schwippert - 564,000 Casey Carroll - 562,000 Upeshka De Silva - 550,000 Jean Gaspard - 550,000 Mark McMillin - 550,000 Louis Helm - 548,000 Linglin Zeng - 548,000 Taylor Paur - 536,000 John Richards - 521,000 Christopher Logue Leads Final 29 of $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Only 29 players remain in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or better event, with Christopher Logue sitting on top with 498,000. The day started with 254 players still in contention but 10 levels of play saw 225 of them, including Day 1 chip leader Rex Clinkscales, sent to the rail. World Poker Tour Player of the Year Ben Zamani bagged a top-10 stack. Other familiar faces that will return to Day 3 on Saturday include Marco Johnson, James van Alstyne and Jordan Rich. Action resumes at 2 pm PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Christopher Logue - 498,000 Jim Collopy - 433,000 Kevin Gerhart - 393,000 Jon Seaman - 370,000 Benjamin Zamani - 340,000 James Chen - 336,000 Jared Hemingway - 323,000 Kate Hoang - 320,000 Jordan Rich - 299,000 Gary Vick - 294,000 Little Buy-in, Big Field - Colossus Kicks Off The first two flights of the $565 Colossus - guaranteed to be the biggest WSOP field this year - saw a combined 4,783 players dwindled down to just 157 players with Mark Peters holding the overnight chip lead with 426,000. Peters made his way through the Day 1A field of 2,756 players. Hunter Frey bagged up 400,000 after topping the 1,982 players in Day 1B. Just 157 players survived the two flights and will return on Monday for Day 2. In 2016, Day 1A and 1B, which was on a Thursday, put a combined 5,402 players through the turnstiles - meaning the 2017 Day 1A and 1B numbers are down almost 11.5%. Given that there are four starting flights on a weekend this year, the Colossus field size could see a significant bump over the next two days. Day 1A Top 5 Chip Counts Mark Peters - 426,000 Jack Blair - 396,000 Kevon Bakhtiari - 382,000 Mohammad Farah - 370,000 William Scarsdale - 315,000 Day 1B Top 5 Chip Counts Hunter Frey - 400,000 Ryan Buckholtz - 386,000 Vlad Darie - 360,000 Scott Bohlman - 346,000 Jesse Vilchez - 331,000 Jacobson, Carrel, Polk Shine on Day 1 of One Drop High Roller While the Colossus represents one end of the WSOP buy-in schedule, the $111,111 One Drop High Roller represents the other. Day 1 action saw 119 players show up and after eight levels of play, former WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson stood tall as chip leader. Jacobson bagged up 1,677,000 to edge out Charlie Carrel. The Brit, who took down the 2017 PokerStars Spring Championship Main Event two weeks ago, ended up with 1,624,000. The top five also includes Doug Polk, Brian Rast and Dan Smith. Leon Tsoukernik, fresh off of his Super High Roller Bowl cash, bagged up the sixth biggest stack. Some of the players who did not make it through Day 1 included reigning champion Fedor Holz, Darren Elias, Justin Bonomo, Stephen Chidwick, Anthony Gregg and Super High Roller Bowl winner, Christoph Vogelsang. After hearing numerous complaints from some of the players in the field, WSOP staff decided to cut the day short by two levels. Players can continue to enter until the end of the second level of play on Saturday. To match the field from 2016, an additional 64 players will have to enter before registration closes. Top 10 Chip Counts Martin Jacobson - 1,677,000 Charlie Carrel - 1,624,000 Doug Polk - 1,522,000 Brian Rast - 1,456,000 Dan Smith - 1,360,000 Leon Tsoukernik - 1,325,000 Rainer Kempe - 1,271,000 Adrian Mateos - 1,210,000 Scott Seiver - 1,199,000 Dominik Nitsche - 1,179,000
  12. [caption width="640"] Martin Jacobson now has a SCOOP title to go along with his WSOP Main Event title (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Before Martin Jacobson was a World Series of Poker Main Event champ, he was an online grinder of some repute. Tuesday afternoon the Swede proved he’s still got it when he beat out a tough final table to win the first Spring Championship of Online Poker title of his career. Jacobson beat out 461 other players, including a final table with TUTI88, Jeff ‘jeff710’ Hakim, Ivan ‘Negriin’ Luca in Event #8 (High) $530 No Limit Hold’em with rebuys to win $106,984.30 and add SCOOP champion to his list of impressive accomplishments. The win was also a potential big one for REG Charity as Jacobson is one of the poker pros who pledged to donate a percentage of his SCOOP winnings. While Jacobson’s win was his first in the Spring series, Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson beat out 1,571 other players to win Event #13 (High) $530 Zoom No Limit Hold’em. Anderson is the first player to win eight SCOOP titles and, with two World Championship of Online Poker titles, is also the first player to hit double-digit COOP wins. Anderson’s win earned him $62,919.67 plus $18,524.09 in bounties. Runner-up ‘WilsonJLD’ won $36,326.12 and an additional $14,069.77 in bounties. The first day of SCOOP final tables was all about Brazilians winning titles, but Tuesday saw that country shut out while Germany took three titles, including both Event #13 Medium and Low (No Limit Hold’em Zoom), which were won by 'AndreAS_1005' and 'Faahn' respectively. The second biggest winner on Tuesday was ‘Ro4dToBrook3’ who defeated Dominik Nitsche heads-up to win the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Win the Button event for $102,250. Nitsche had to settle for the $75,000 runner-up score. ‘Ro4dToBrook3’ had qualified for the event via a $109 satellite. PocketFiver Christopher 'PokinStaR' Alcindor won Event #7 (High), $2,100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Progressive Ko, for $36,920 and also earned $20,140.62 in bounties. German PocketFiver 'Mr.Woolf1' topped the 820-player field to win the Medium version of that event for $13,940.00 and additional $5,618.69 in bounties. SCOOP Event #7 (High): $2,100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Progressive KO Entries: 142 Prize pool: $142,000 + $142,000 in bounties PokinStaR - $36,920 + $20,140.62 in bounties Juicy_J_93 - $24,850 + $12,906.25 in bounties zumbapoker - $18,460 + $2,187.50 in bounties ImluckNuts - $12,070 + $4,000 in bounties lov10k - $9,230 + $9,062.50 in bounties Mongano - $6,390 + $11,437.50 in bounties SCOOP Event #7 (Medium): $215 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Progressive KO Entries: 820 Prize pool: $164,000 Mr.Woolf1 - $13,940.00 + 5,618.69 in bounties Naza114 - $10,455.00 + $3,832 in bounties Kar0lka - $7,954 + 2,274.99 in bounties thegr8str8 - $5,535.00 + $1,124.21 in bounties Smertin - $3,895.00 + $2,401.55 in bounties aboo - $2,460.00 + $1,084.37 in bounties SCOOP Event #7 (Low): $27 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Progressive KO Entries: 3,960 Prize pool: $97,218 MrsJackHerer - $5,654.29* + $1,883,49 in bounties Matuks - $3,149.05* + $1,105.85 in bounties sateboy - $3,320.48* + 1,030.49 in bounties tonjealeks - $3,797.50* + 579.33 in bounties crarambo86 - $2,831.76* + $343.33 in bounties lolina mae - $2,761.20* + 348.87 in bounties SCOOP Event #8 (High): $530 No Limit Hold’em w/rebuys Entries: 462 Prize pool: $563,075.00 Martin 'M.nosbocaJ' Jacobson - $106,984.38 TUTI88 - $78,830.50 etxnl01 - $57,715.18 Negriin - $43,919.85 TheDegenFund - $30,969.12 Jeff 'jeff710' Hakim - $23,930.68 Wh0AndBeni - $18,299.93 quiditbear - $12,669.18 prebz - $9,347.04 SCOOP Event #8 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold’em w/rebuys Entries: 2,448 Prize pool: $347,871.15 OMGACEACEACE - $54,965.21 JacobLarsson - $41,281.86 MikeGG3 - $29,569.04 lehout - $20,350.46 beginer92 - $15,480.26 luccaspie - $12,001.55 m4booooby - $8,522.84 dscturrr - $5,044.13 ThEcLaiMEer - $2,956.90 SCOOP Event #8 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold’em w/rebuys Entries: 10,232 Prize pool: $160,430 Lucass2010 - $19,460.81* henriqueschi - $18,905.23* belosi - $11,230.10 DapperDan098 - $8,021.50 IMakeNoDeal - $6,417.20 kris_r9 - $4,812.90 Sjaaakiii - $3,208.60 The Nuttttts - $1,604.30 renan0201 - $1,010.71 SCOOP Event #9 (High): $1,050 HORSE Entries: 236 Prize pool: $236,000 Maicoshaa - $47,790 ISmellToast - $36,580 DSmunichlife - $27,140 aDrENalin710 - $20,060 MITS 304 - $12,980 calvin7v - $10,620 neto gol - $8,260 AceQuad - $6,490 SCOOP Event #9 (Medium): $109 HORSE Entries: 999 Prize pool: $99,900 Fisherman FV - $18,231.83 Gambler4444 - $12,987.00 Egolstka - $9,990.00 theNERDguy - $7,492.50 raidalot - $4,995.00 Muke82- $3,346.65 EvilSeed2k - $1,998.00 ototiov - $1,298.70 SCOOP Event #9 (Low): $11 HORSE Entries: 4,217 Prize pool: $42,170 Nice2GrindeU - $6,750.40 Troubaduren - $4,638.70 Trener Coach - $3,795.30 crisrules - $2,951.90 Oddla - $2,108.50 Inkognito86 - $1,265.10 The TJS - $531.34 Pokerl)eviL - $337.36 SCOOP Event #10 (High): No Limit Hold’em Win the Button Entries: 246 Prize pool: $500,000 Ro4dToBrook3 - $102,250 Dominik ‘Bounatirou’ Nitsche - $75,000 Iimitless - $56,500 kjunia - $42,500 Coolhandluke83 - $29,000 bencb789 - $22,500 StupidFr3nch - $17,500 Tony ‘wwwBTHEREcom’ Gregg - $12,500 Guntis ‘poker@luffy’ Alestins - $9,500 SCOOP Event #10 (Medium): No Limit Hold’em Win the Button Entries: 1,250 Prize pool: $215 AAgoodfold - $37,326.90* natfalber11 - $24,935.60* Luis Coppel - $23,000 SOxLID - $17,000 SupaFlyGreek - $12,250 Kashmir_uzi - $9,750 offQbert45 - $7,250 mjw006 - $4,750 Ro4dToBrook3 - $2,600 SCOOP Event #10 (Low): $27 No Limit Hold’em Win the Button Entries: 4,605 Prize pool: $113,052.75 icedavid - $17,739.28 b-balldude28 - $13,170.64 Pknalata - $9,326.85 egorgorik - $6,387.48 Pimmss - $4,804.74 luckyrand84 - $3,674.21 stttNNN1234 - $2,543.68 markovitsus - $1,413.15 daysleft7 - $904.42 SCOOP Event #13 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Zoom Progressive KO Entries: 1,572 Prize pool: $393,000+ $393,000 in bounties Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson - $62,919.67 + $18,524.09 in bounties WilsonJLD - $36,326.12 + $14,069.77 in bounties WATnlos - $20,972,91 + 10,487.27 in bounties SCOOP Event #13 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Zoom Progressive KO Entries: 7,130 Prize pool: $178,250 + $178,250 in bounties AndreAS_1005 - $16,342.44* + $5,268.06 in bounties $uperday - $14,021.95* + $2,317.09 in bounties Leonishe - $14,417.799* in bounties SCOOP Event #13 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em Zoom Progressive KO Entries: 20,032 Prize pool: $50,080 + $50,080 in bounties Faahn - $5,195.17 + $666 in bounties mukekao4eveR - $3,387.91 + 530.78 in bounties spawllo - $2,214.58 + 433.82 in bounties *denotes final table deal
  13. [caption width="640"] WSOP Main Event Champion teams with 888poker headed into 2018[/caption] 888poker unwrapped one last gift this year when they announced that former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson is taking a spot as an ambassador for the online poker room. Jacobson joins an ever-growing team of top-tier pros and personalities, such as Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Vivian Saliba and Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot, with a mind for expanding not just the 888poker brand, but the tournaments and events the company is looking to provide. “888poker and I have a mutual interest to make poker great again in ‘taking back the game’,” Jacobson said, “888poker’s goal is to host prestigious events with huge guarantees affordable to anyone by providing a wide rage of buy-ins along with satellites to all tournaments.” While the popular opinion of whether poker is currently great or needs an infusion of greatness is up for debate, the talent of Jacobson is not. The Swede currently sits as the country’s All Time Money List leader and prior to his WSOP Main Event victory for $10 million - the second largest prize ever won in that event - he was long considered a pros pro with an enviable results list both live and online. “We’re super excited to be working with one of the best minds in poker as we embark on our shared goal of providing players all over the world with the best possible poker experience,” the company said. 888poker is starting Jacobson’s tenure off with a freeroll tournament open to any and all depositors. On December 27 at 21:30 GMT the $5,000 Martin Jacobson Welcome Tournament will run and not only will the World Champ be participating but the company has placed an $88 bounty on his head for whoever ends up with the bragging rights of having gotten to knock out the superstar. As far as giving back, this freeroll tournament is just a start for Jacobson who is a well-documented charitable donater to the Raising for Effecting Giving, the charity popularized by poker players. Moving forward part of Jacobson’s reasoning for teaming with 888poker is tied to hopes for the pair to find more ways to give back, not just to poker players, but to those in need. “888poker sees the importance in charitable contributions and are looking to integrate it as a standard fixture in all of their LIVE events,” Jacobson said. “This statement of intent is something I value highly and therefore I’m incredibly excited to come on board.” 888poker's ever-growing list of Live stops is expected to continue into 2018 after a successful season in 2017 that saw stops in London, Barcelona and Sao Paulo. Perhaps with Jacobson on board a stop in Stockholm may be in the cards. Wherever 888Live decides to hold their events, Jacobson has commented that he intends to be on the felt doing his best to create an optimal poker atmosphere for everyone in attendance. “I will actively work closely with the board and share my knowledge and experience from a player's perspective. This will contribute to a better experience for all the players, both regulars and newcomers.”
  14. 888poker brings a stellar promotion to the 2018 World Series of Poker through their global team of ambassadors. By earning points in tournaments on 888poker.com, players have the chance to play in the $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event with one of six teams represented by an 888poker ambassadors and their respective country. Each team is represented by a captain, a wingman, and a qualifier. In 2017, Joao Sousa Monteiro from Team Brazil emerged victorious by virtue of his 583rd place worth $22,449. Monteiro qualified via a $30 satellite and by doing so, earned himself a free seat to the 2018 Main Event. The wingmen will be selected before the contest ends on June 4. This year, all players will have the opportunity to earn points for their respective teams with the highest scoring team all earning a free 2019 WSOP Main Event seat. There were five teams in 2017 and the free Main Event seat went to the qualifier that went the deepest. The growth of the 888poker brand over the last year has meant for another country being added o the 8-team competition. The newest addition to the challenge this year is team Spain, which brings WSOP Europe Main Event champion Marti Roca as captain. The countries at play this year are as follows with each team captain in parenthesis: Great Britain (Chris Moorman) Brazil (Vivian Saliba) Germany (Dominik Nitsche) Canada (Parker 'Tonkaaaa' Talbot) Sweden (Martin Jacobson) Spain (Marti Roca) Teams earn points each day in the World Series of Poker Main Event for advancing along with a potential chip lead bonus. Points are awarded starting with at least one player advancing from each day. The scoring system scales from 10 points on Day 1 all the way up to 100 at the final table. If a team member wins the Main Event, they are awarded 100 bonus points. 8-team Scoring System Day Points Team Max Chip Lead Bonus 1 10 30 30 2 20 60 60 3 30 90 90 4 40 120 120 5 50 150 150 6 60 180 180 7 70 210 210 8 80 240 240 9 90 270 270 10 100 300 300 Last player standing 100
  15. They may run with the bulls in Pamplona, but you can swim with the sharks this summer in Barcelona. The 888poker LIVE tour is headed to Barcelona and bringing with them a two-week festival packed with affordable tournament action and over $1,000,000 in total guarantees. Something For Everyone There are 15 tournaments spread out over the course of the festival. Whether you want to play for big money at a reasonable buy-in or just grab a seat in a turbo - 888poker LIVE Barcelona has something for every poker fan. The whole series is anchored by the Main Event, a €1,100 buy-in that carries a €500,000 guarantee. Three starting flights, beginning on May 31, allow players to stumble in from the beach at their convenience. All players begin with a 30,000 starting stack and will play 12 45-minute levels on the various Day 1’s. Those who advance to Day 2 will see levels increase to a full hour and they’ll play until a final table is reached. That final table will be live-streamed with commentary by veteran poker voices David Tuchman and Nick Wealthall. Not only will the winner take home the first place prize and the coveted 888poker LIVE trophy, but an additional package to attend the 888poker LIVE festival in London later in the year. The Opener Before you make it to the Main Event though, the schedule provides a fantastic reason for showing up early. On May 24 begins the 888poker LIVE Barcelona Opening Event - a €220 buy-in with a €100,000 guarantee. This tournament gives players plenty of chances at making the big money. It has a moderate buy-in, four starting flights, 30,000 in chips and 30 minutes levels (levels increase to 40 minutes on the final day). Players who punt their stacks have two opportunities to re-enter and there will be multiple €50 turbo satellites helping pack the field with qualifiers. Special Events On May 30 there will be a €2,200 High Roller event, where the winner, in addition to the money and the glory, will also receive a package to represent 888poker in their signature World Series of Poker event - Event #62 $888 Crazy Eights. On the same day as the High Roller, the tour is also holding a €111 charity tournament in benefit of One Drop, the organization founded by Guy Laliberte that focuses on clean water initiatives. There is also a €220 Ladies Event where the winner of the event will be given an additional package to be entered in the Ladies Event at the World Series of Poker. Team Effort In addition to all of the action inside and the beautiful beaches outside, there will be plenty of stars on hand. 888poker has confirmed many of their ambassadors will be on hand to mix it up with attendees. World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobsen, Natalie Hof, Sofia Lövgren, Vivian Saliba and the winningest online poker player of all time, Chris 'moorman1' Moorman will be swimming in the Spanish seas - poker and otherwise. 888poker LIVE Barcelona kicks off on May 24 with their Opening Event and wraps with the conclusion of their Main Event on June 6. Complete 888poker LIVE Barcelona Schedule Date Event Number Name Buy-in (RUB) May 24 1 888poker LIVE Barcelona Opening Event Day1A €220 €100,000 GTD May 25 888poker LIVE Barcelona Opening Event Day1B €220 €100,000 GTD May 25 2 The Thunder €88 €15,000 GTD March 26 888poker LIVE Barcelona Opening Event Day1C €220 €100,000 GTD March 26 888poker LIVE Barcelona Opening Event Day1D €220 €100,000 GTD May 26 3 The Breeze €110 €20,000 GTD May 27 888poker LIVE Barcelona Opening Event Final Day May 27 4 High Noon Turbo €50 €5,000 GTD May 27 5 The Hurricane €110 €10,000 GTD May 28 6 The Swordfish €55 €10,000 GTD May 29 7 The Turbo Deepstack €77 €10,000 GTD May 30 8 The Lightning 8-max €66 €8,800 GTD May 30 9 888poker LIVE Barcelona High Roller Day 1 €2200 €100,000 GTD May 30 10 One Drop Benefit €111 March 31 888poker LIVE Barcelona High Roller Day 2 €2200 €100,000 GTD March 31 11 888poker LIVE Barcelona Main Event Day 1A €1100 €500,000 GTD June 1 888poker LIVE Barcelona Main Event Day 1B €1100 €500,000 GTD June 1 12 The Mega Knockout €100+50+15 €20,000 GTD June 2 888poker LIVE Barcelona Main Event Day 1C €1100 €500,000 GTD June 2 13 Pot Limit Omaha €150 €10,000 GTD June 3 888poker LIVE Barcelona Main Event Day 2 June 3 14 The Whale €333 €40,000 GTD June 3 15 Ladies Event €220 €2,000 GTD June 4 888poker LIVE Barcelona Main Event Final Day
  16. 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.
  17. Meet and greets, international flights and a steady dose of the poker grind. This is the life of a poker ambassador. Part of the job description is setting providing a positive image for the game of poker, mixing it up at the poker table and making sure that your fans can come along for the ride. For the stable of 888poker ambassadors, their social media content is how they stay connected to the poker community and provide a window into what it’s like to travel the globe, spinning it up and living your best life. Sometimes it’s about just hanging out... Table for four. While not everyone could make it out for dinner and drinks, Natalie Hof takes a photo with poker pros Felipe Ramos and Jeff Gross (and his wife Emilia) in Miami Beach.  
  18. 888poker is giving their players a shot at turning as little as $1 into a million dollar payday. The limited time promotion gives 888poker online players who jump into one the fast-paced BLAST Sit & Go events the chance at a super-sized prize pool. Specifically, those who register for the $1 BLAST events have a shot at $1,000,000 while those who opt for the $5 variety have the opportunity to cash for a $2,000,000 score. “Not many people get a chance to win that kind of money in poker, much less for a $1 or $5,” said 888poker Ambassador Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. Moorman knows how hard it is to win a seven-figure score. Being the only player to currently have reached over $15 million in lifetime earnings, Moorman's largest online win to date is for just over $235,000. Perhaps that’s why Moorman plans on firing away in the new BLAST promotion. “This is a fun, low-cost opportunity to try your luck that anyone can enjoy regardless of skill level.” BLAST's Unique Features The BLAST Sit & Go’s have a few unique elements that differentiate from your standard online single table tournament. The four-handed No Limit Hold’em tournaments have a randomized prize pool draw that takes place at the beginning of the tournament. Players vie for between two and 10,000 times the original buy-in making it so in any given BLAST tournament players could be competing for a life-changing score. The tournament also has a timer. As soon as the first hand begins the timer counts down. When time runs out, the remaining players are forced all-in until a winner is determined. “It’s kind of like winning the lottery,” said 2014 World Series of Poker champion Martin Jacobson, a player who knows what it’s like to have a multi-million dollar score.”I have never played one but winning $2,000,000 sounds like fun so I will give them a try!” That’s exactly what 888poker is hoping the new promotion will deliver, new faces to the fast-paced format. BLAST events start for as little as $.10 and go as high as $30, but in order to qualify for the millions, players need to be registering for the $1 and $5 tournaments. Fast & Fun One player that isn’t new to the format is the high-rolling Dominik Nitsche who has plenty of experience grinding BLAST tournaments. “I love the promotion. I’ve been a huge fan of the format for a long time and think they’re great for recreational players,” Nitsche said. “Everyone likes playing for a huge prize pool and the smaller the buy-in, the better.” “I play them occasionally at the highest buy-ins when I have a bit of time to kill. I like that I can fire them up a decent number of buy-ins and potentially win a good bit of money in very little time,” Nitsche said, having once turned $100 into $10,000 playing BLAST tournaments. “Hopefully the promotion will inspire a lot of people to play some of the higher ones. They are good fun and really easy to multi-table.” For players looking to take their shot in the BLAST tournaments, simply fire up your 888poker client and click on the BLAST tab. Register for $1 or $5 BLAST Sit & Go’s and cross your fingers that your prize pool modifier turns your tiny investment into a life-changing score!
  19. 888poker LIVE makes their return to the Aspers Casino in London from November 22 to December 3 with a 12-day festival full of tournaments that every poker player can get involved with. The 10-event series provides a wide variety of buy-ins, including the Main Event that has a $500,000 guarantee and will feature appearances by former World Series of Poker Main Event Champions. It will be over a week of non-stop poker action. Whether you are looking to mix it up in some small stakes tournaments or play for the big bucks, 888poker LIVE has a tournament on the schedule worth jumping into. The Opening Event The first event on the schedule is aptly named the Opening Event. It is a ₤220 buy-in event that, if history is an indicator, will provide maximum bang for the buck. The structure is solid for his level of buy-in as it starts with 30,000 in chips and 30-minute levels. There are four flights for players to choose from beginning on November 22. Last year at this time 888poker held a similar tournament called the 888Live Local London tournament. The buy-in was identical and even without a full festival surrounding the event, the tournament drew 529 entries generating a prize pool of ₤155,825. The top five players all turned their ₤220 into five-figure scores with local grinder Christopher Vernon taking home the first place prize of ₤19,670 (over $26,000 USD). The tournament should see no fewer than 500 entries over the four flights and with the support of a full festival could even exceed the numbers posted in 2017. The Swordfish Taking place on the first Monday of the festival, November 26, The Swordfish is a tournament for anybody and everybody. It starts with the smalled buy-in of the entire schedule at only ₤60. Even for that small of an entry fee, the structure should appeal to players of every experience level with 15,000 chips and 25-minute levels. This provides players who may not have as much live experience a chance to get involved, make a move or two and fire away without having to put up the buy-in of a major Main Event. Now, the prize pool isn’t going to be anywhere near that of the Opening Event but neither is the time commitment. The Swordfish is a one-day tournament and will likely be one of the small fields. If a player is looking to have a little fun and fade fewer players, they could always splash around with The Swordfish. In addition to The Swordfish, the schedule offers The Hurricane, The Whale and a Turbo Deepstack all of which have buy-ins less than the Opener. The High Roller On the other end of the tournament spectrum is the High Roller which comes with a buy-in of ₤2,200. Along with the increased price point comes a deeper structure. The two-day tournament provides 100,000 in chips and 40-minute levels. There’s going to be some big money at stake here. In October 2017, during a previous London Festival, 69 players ponied up the buy-in and the prize pool swelled to ₤136,626, well over double its ₤50,000 guarantee. The UK’s Jamie Lunt ended up as the official winner after a heads-up deal was agreed upon. Lunt walked with ₤34,985 ($46,130 USD) for first place. If the ₤2,200 High Roller isn’t enough to get your blood flowing, there’s a ₤5,000 Super High Roller slated to run on the final two days of the schedule. Pot Limit Omaha Sick of No Limit Hold'em? The Pot Limit Omaha event is the only chance on the schedule for players to compete in a game other than NLHE. Traditionally, during the 888LIVE events, the PLO event isn’t one of the better-attended events. This year it takes place on the same day at the final two starting flights of the Main Event. So, if you have already made Day 2 in the Main Event but still have the urge to play, try playing the great game of PLO. The tournament starts with 30,000 in chips and 25-minute levels, however with some much Main Event action going on the field will likely be slightly easier to navigate than one of the other featured events. The Main Event Of course, it should be no surprise that the Main Event is the must-play event of the series. It comes with a $500,000 guarantee and promises to be a star-studded affair. Plenty of 888poker ambassadors like Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Parker ’tonkaaaa’ Talbot and more are likely to be on hand. In addition, 888poker will be importing a host of former World Series of Poker champions. Joe Cada, Scott Blumstein, and 888poker ambassador Martin Jacobson are all expected to be on hand. Last year, the Main Event of the London Festival paid out the largest first place prize of the series. UK pro Tom Hall bested the 427 player field and brought home 78,888 ($104,170 USD) for first place. 888poker is hoping that this year will be even bigger and have already begun running qualifiers and handing out packages for the Main Event which include extra cash to assist with travel and lodging. Full Schedule of Events Date Event Buy-In 11/22 888Live London Opening Event - 1A ₤220 11/23 888Live London Opening Event - 1B ₤220 11/24 888Live London Opening Event - 1C ₤220 888Live London Opening Event - 1D ₤220 11/25 888Live London Opening Event - Final The Hurricane ₤110 11/26 The Swordfish ₤60 11/27 The Turbo Deepstack ₤80 11/28 High Roller - Day 1 ₤2200 11/29 High Roller - Final 888Live London Main Event - 1A ₤1100 11/30 888Live London Main Event - 1B ₤1100 888Live London Main Event - 1C ₤1100 12/01 888Live London Main Event - 1D ₤1100 888Live London Main Event - 1E ₤1100 Pot Limit Omaha ₤125 12/02 888 London Festival Main Event- Day 2 The Whale ₤150 Super High Roller Day 1 ₤5000 Ladies Event ₤100 12/03 888 London Festival Main Event- Final Day Super High Roller Final Day
  20. In the first week of February 2019, 888poker LIVE makes their return to Aspers Casino in London for their first live event of the year. From February 7-10, 888poker will host another one of their famously fun live events in the heart of London. The Aspers Casino, which played host to nine 888poker events in 2018, will once again be ground zero for the thriving London live scene. The 888poker LIVE Kickoff Event is a £440 buy-in event with a £120,000 guarantee. The tournament has a nice structure for the buy-in. It starts with a 30k starting stack and 40-minute levels. Players can re-enter a maximum of three times in case things don't go according to plan. Also featured is the big blind ante and a 30-second shot clock to make sure the tournament moves along smoothly. A Look Back This event has proven to be an 888poker LIVE favorite. In 2018, players flocked to the Aspers for the event as 547 entries pushed the prize pool to over £216,000. Once the tournament played down to four-handed, and after a few hours of grinding it out, the final four opted for an ICM deal that guaranteed each of them no less than £23,000. With the most chips at the time, UK grinder Jonathan Bowers was crowned the winner and took home £30,630 for his efforts. Bros vs Pros Returns In 2019, the Kickoff Event hopes to be bigger than ever. 888poker is adding to the fun with the return of their Bros vs Pros promotion. One lucky 888poker player will win themselves a trip to London for themselves and two of their best friends. The trio will participate in the festival, battle it out against 888poker ambassadors Vivian Saliba, Ana Marquez, Dominik Nitsche and World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson. To add to the experience, 888poker will throwing in some Premier League tickets for good measure. Win Your Seat On 888 Of course, players are more than welcome to show up and directly buy in to the events. However, for players looking to get in for the minimum, 888poker is running a series of satellites that start for as little as one cent. 888poker has a series of Steps to Live Events satellites that works their way from $0.01 into shots at winning seats into their live events. A player can start at the very bottom or jump in anywhere in the Steps system and work their way up. In addition to the 888poker Steps to Live Event satellites, 888poker is offering a number of direct satellites to win a seat to the Kickoff Event. Every Tuesday players can win their seat in the $55 Seat Qualifier satellite. One out of every ten players will grab an entry with two seats guaranteed. The $55 satellite can be stepped into through a $5.50 sub-satellite. For players looking for the VIP treatment, every Sunday, through January 31, 2019, there is a $109 satellite that offers the full Kickoff Event Package. Winners of the 888Live London Kickoff Package will receive the £440 entry into the tournament, an extra $300 in travel expenses, some 888poker LIVE gear and $350 for three nights accommodation. These satellites come with a three package guarantee. The $109 satellite for the full package can also be satellites into through a $16.50 sub-satellite. For local value hunters and players looking to take a trip to the wonderful city of London, mark your calendars for February 7-10. Join 888poker, and their team of ambassadors, at the Aspers Casino for the 888poker LIVE London Kickoff Event.
  21. One look at 2014 World Series of Poker champion Martin Jacobson’s social media profile and you can tell that’s he’s just as into fitness and wellness as he is into the game of poker. While Jacobson has been performing at the highest levels at the poker for over a decade, he’s been putting focus and attention into his body and staying healthy for even longer. “I’ve been into fitness my entire life really,” Jacobson said. “I played a lot of team sports like hockey and basketball growing up but when I hit 18 I realized that individual training suited me better. I enjoyed the experience of being a part of a team but I’ve never been a fan of committing to being at a certain place at a certain time. As a result, I started going to the gym and quickly became hooked on weight lifting.” Jacobson’s individual spirit, something that plenty of poker players can identify with, led to him spending lots of solo time in the gym in an effort to “get as big as possible.” However, after 10 years of heavy weight training, he began to feel the repercussions of his regimen. To that end, poker is a motivation to continue to work out and working out helps Jacobson stay competitive in poker. “I’d say they go hand in hand,” he said. “To me, it’s never a question whether or not I should work out before I play because I know how much better it makes me feel and when you feel good you usually play your best. Besides, the idea of sitting in a chair for 12 hours without letting my body move that day terrifies me.” “I believe there’s a strong correlation,” he said of poker and fitness. “Poker, as an individual sport will naturally attract competitive individuals who are more driven and motivated to improve their health as they realize it will benefit their ability to perform at their best. “It’s quite interesting, I’ve heard strength and conditioning coaches talk about the differences they see in motivation to train when it comes to team athletes like in the NFL and NBA compared to individual athletes as you see in MMA. When you’re a part of a team or a big corporation, it’s easier to slack and blend in compared to when you are a solo player and entirely responsible for your own performance and end result.”
  22. It jumps off his poker resume: Martin Jacobson, 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, $10,000,000. Another $10,000,000 WSOP Main Event champion will be crowned Tuesday night. For fans watching from home the poker dream of being a champion, like Jacobson, has never been stronger. For anyone who ever takes down the title, it would be the pinnacle of a poker career. But like everyone who has ever stepped into the Rio during the summer series, Jacobson also has stirring memories of the first time he ever took his shot in the WSOP. “I don’t think I’ll ever forget that moment,” Jacobson said. “Thousands of people gathered in a room, all with the same goal in mind. All you can hear is the sound of people riffling ceramic poker chips. I get a slight flashback every year I enter the tournament rooms at the Rio for the first event.” Jacobson has made the trip to Las Vegas every year since 2008 and he has put up results in every trip since 2009. He has cashed a total of 33 times during the summer with $12,134,816 in total earnings. All of those tournaments, all of those results started over 10 years ago when Jacobson decided to take a shot in the Main Event after winning a package online. “My very first WSOP I had qualified online only weeks before the tournament, so it was a bit of a dilemma whether I was going to go to Las Vegas and play the event or pocket the $12,000 - which at the time equaled a year’s worth of salary,” Jacobson recalled. “Perhaps the latter would have been the more financially sound thing to do but, hey, you only live once and my dream as a 20-year-old was obviously to go to Vegas and see what that was all about.” He took the leap, decided not to take the cash out and hopped a plane to Sin City. He was put up at the Palms Place, across the street from the Rio. “It was by far the fanciest hotel I’d ever stayed at and I was blown away by the experience.” Speaking of experience, at the time Jacobson was primarily an online grinder. Having won his seat online, he admits at the time he wasn’t experienced when it came to live poker and the future champ was ready to learn a thing or two. “Apart from a few home games I actually had no live experience at all. The Main Event in 2008 was my first real live tournament,” Jacobson said. “To say I was nervous would be an epic understatement. “Luckily, as I sat down I realized that my eight opponents appeared to be just as nervous as I was. It calmed me a bit as, in my mind, I probably expected to be seated with a bunch of experienced and intimidating pros. My lack of experience came into play when I overplayed the third nuts and got eliminated on the third hand of the nine-day long tournament.” That’s right. In 2008, Martin Jacobson, the future WSOP champion exited the Amazon room on the third hand of the Main Event. “My initial dream of being the youngest ever champion turned into a reality of most likely being the first player to exit the event.” “A year later I would return to Las Vegas, having quit my job and self-funded by my poker winnings, to play a four-week long schedule.” Even though Jacobson’s first WSOP didn’t go nearly as he planned, the experience led him to believe that the WSOP is the “pinnacle of poker tournaments” and he couldn’t recommend the trip more. “Seriously, if you’re a fan of poker and never been to Vegas you don’t know what you are missing out on. You can qualify for a WSOP Main Event package online on 888poker every Sunday for $1,050 but you can also play sub satellites for a little as one cent. That’s how I did it back in the day, I won an $82 tournament to get into the $2,100 which led me to me winning the package.” Martin took a shot. While it didn’t pay off in 2008, everyone knows how it ended up for him. His advice to first-timers playing in the Main Event is something he took with him on that third hand in his first Main Event. “Don’t be afraid to risk it all. As long as it’s calculated risk and you have a main goal and a reason behind every decision.”
  23. Earthquakes, disqualifications, and a record-setting starting flight have all made the 2019 WSOP Main Event one to remember. On Sunday, 888poker tossed its hat into the ring of "things to remember" with a grand entrance that even Phil Hellmuth would tip his cap to. 888poker's dozens of ambassadors, sponsored players, and qualifiers hopped in a handful of luxury buses at the Vdara Hotel & Spa on the Las Vegas Strip this morning before Day 2C of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event. They were then led over to the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino by 25 Harley Davidson motorcycles and met with celebration when they arrived. Cheerleaders cheered their entrance as one by one the players hopped off the buses and made their way into the casino. The players made their way inside where they stopped in front of the larger-than-life illuminated WSOP sign for some more photos and a roaring cheer, led by Martin Jacobson and Chris Moorman, to get hyped up for play. [caption id="attachment_625436" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Harley Davidson motorcycles prepare to lead the team over to the Rio[/caption] [caption id="attachment_625437" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Vivian Saliba joins 888poker qualifiers on the ride over for Day 2C of the 2019 WSOP Main Event[/caption] [caption id="attachment_625438" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Getting pumped up for Day 2C![/caption] [caption id="attachment_625439" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] It was quite the scene out front of the Rio for 888poker's entrance[/caption] [caption id="attachment_625441" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] 888poker qualifiers ready to attack Day 2C and make a deep run[/caption] [caption id="attachment_625442" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Martin Jacobson and Chris Moorman lead a celebratory cheer just before play starts[/caption]
  24. One of Europe’s largest tournament series, The Battle of Malta, returns in October and its title sponsor, 888poker, is bringing out their big guns for an all-out war on the felt. Nearly the entire roster of 888poker ambassadors will be making the journey to the beautiful island of Malta from October 15-22 to enjoy some sun, sand, and the on-the-felt competition. [ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="888poker"] Vivian Saliba, Ana Marquez, Sofia Lovgren, World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin Jacobson, and the newest addition to the roster, Daria Feshchenko are headed to Malta to play host to the players and take their seat in the €555 Battle of Malta €1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event. “Malta is a wonderful island and the casino is located next to the sea,” Sofia Lovgren said. “You can take a swim in the seat or a morning jog along the beach and walk there before the poker tournament. You can also enjoy a nice dinner with a nice sea view at the dinner break.” In fact, it wasn’t a difficult sell to get the 888poker pros to agree to make the trip to Malta. It’s not only the amazing weather, the fantastic food, and the island life that attracts players to the tournaments, it’s the competition and the camaraderie. “The live stops are amazing for so many reasons, being able to visit new places while playing poker and also getting to see friends and other poker players are one of those aspects,” said Vivian Saliba. “Poker is still a social game and I can say that some of the closest people in my life I’ve met in the poker world.” “It’s truly a privilege to get to travel the world and represent and give poker the attention it deserves,” Martin Jacobson added. “Interacting with fans always fuels me with energy and the passion I have for the game.” Those very same people that are happy to meet the pros away from the table are the ones that are sitting between them and the Battle of Malta trophy. It’s a minefield for the ambassadors, as most players know who they are and what they’ve accomplished in poker. “I find for the most part people tend to play more cautious but then you have others who can’t wait to run a big bluff against you. It’s important to pay close attention to be able to differentiate between the two,” said Jacobson. “I’ve experienced players acting and playing very weird against me and I’m pretty sure that was personal,” said Saliba. ”On the other hand, some players may think a pro makes magic with the cards so they decide not to play a hand against you because they might feel intimidated. “We are all there to play our best and at the table, there is no mercy,” said Lovgren. The Battle of Malta Main Event is a five-day affair but throughout the entire week, there are plenty of side events with buy-in starting as low as €60 and going as high as the €1,320 High Roller. Both in the card room and outside there’s something for everyone to look forward to. “To speak honestly, I feel like a tourist!” said Daria Feschenko who will be representing 888poker in her first event outside of her home country of Russia. “I’ve never been to Malta, but I’ve seen the pictures. The area looks great and the weather should also be awesome.” “I’m super excited to explore Malta as it will be my first time there,” Saliba said. “I am also looking forward to meeting my teammates and play live poker!” “I’m looking forward to being able to play a relatively small buy-in with a huge prize pool. I’ve never player Battle of Malta but I’ve heard that it’s a great atmosphere and a lot of fun all around.” For Ana Marquez, the weather may be nice and she enjoys hanging out but she’s got her eye on one thing and one thing only. “Getting the Battle of Malta trophy. It’s pretty cool.” The 2019 Battle of Malta takes place from October 15-22 at The Intercontinental Hotel in the seaside town of St. Julian’s. Online satellites are running right now on 888poker.
  25. 888poker LIVE is not going to let 2019 go without one final end-of-the-year poker festival. The 888poker party continues as the live tour returns to the UK from November 21 - December 2 offering players a nine-event tournament schedule that culminates in a £500,000 guaranteed Main Event. The final stop of the year is at London’s Aspers Casino in Stratford, London and 888poker is pulling out all the stops to bring recreational players and pros together to an event that is being billed as 888’s biggest live event of the year. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Nearly the entire roster of 888poker ambassadors has agreed to make the trip including World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin Jacobson, Kara Scott, Vivian Saliba, Sofia Lovgren, Ana Marquez, former #1-ranked PocketFivers Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman and the newest ambassador, Russia’s Daria Feshenko. The schedule is ideal for players looking to give their bankroll a boost without putting it all on the line. There are nine events with buy-ins that range from as little as £60 up to the £2,200 High Roller. The action kicks off with 888LIVE’s popular Opening Event, a £440 buy-in tournament with a £100,000 guarantee that gives recreational players both a deep 30K starting stack and 30-minute levels. In May, the same tournament was run and it attracted 207 runners which generated a prize pool of over £129,480. The UK’s Paul Noble took home the trophy and a career-high cash of £26,530. Of course, all eyes will be looking ahead to the £1,100 buy-in £500,000 guaranteed Main Event. The tournament features a 30K starting stack, 40-minutes Day 1 levels, 60-minute Day 2 levels and the promise of a high five-figure first-place prize. There’s five starting flights and players who end up on the wrong side of variance can re-enter at will. If that weren't enough at stake, the winner of the 888LIVE London Festival Main Event will also take home a package to the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. For those hoping to take a shot in the Main Event but perhaps don’t have the current bankroll to buy in directly, there are plenty of satellite options available on 888poker. In fact, the 888poker satellite tree starts for as little as $0.01. Players can grind their way up to, or buy-directly into, the $109 buy-in 888poker LIVE London Festival Main Event Qualifier where winners take away a $2,200 package to the festival that includes a seat to the Main Event as well as $450 for three nights accommodation and $350 of pocket money to help you get to the event. In addition to the marquee events of the festival, players can dive into live versions of their favorite online tournaments including The Hurricane, The Swordfish and The Whale. Take a look at the entire schedule below. 888poker LIVE London Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN GTD 11-21 Opening Event Day 1A £440 £100,000 11-22 Opening Event Day 1B £440 £100,000 11-23 Opening Event Day 1C £440 £100,000 11-23 Opening Event Day 1D Turbo £440 £100,000 11-24 Opening Event Final Day - - 11-24 The Hurricane £110 £5,000 11-25 The Swordfish £80 £3,000 11-26 The Turbo Deepstack £60 £3,000 11-27 High Roller Day 1 £2,200 £50,000 11-28 High Roller Final Day - - 11-28 Main Event Day 1A £1,100 £500,000 11-29 Main Event Day 1B £1,100 £500,000 11-29 Main Event Day 1C £1,100 £500,000 11-30 Main Event Day 1D £1,100 £500,000 11-30 Main Event Day 1E Turbo £1,100 £500,000 11-30 Pot Limit Omaha £125 - 12-01 Main Event Day 2 - - 12-01 The Whale £150 £5,000 12-01 Ladies Event £100 - 12-02 Main Event Final Day 2 - -  

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