Poker has a new champion today, as Swede Martin Jacobson has won the Main Event of the World Series of Poker 2014. The first place prize is a huge $10,000,000 – not to mention the media fees and sponsorships which will go with being the World Champion.
There is a saying in poker that the chip leader on the first day never goes on to win the big event. This has been proven incorrect this time, as Jacobson was in fact the chip leader on day 1a. Most of the tournament was held in May and June, with the delayed final table concept of the ‘November 9’ giving the media time to hype things up.
Unusually, the final 3 players in this year’s big event were all European. Felix Stephensen from Norway finished second, winning just over $5 million, with the early final table chip leader Jorryt van Hoof coming in 3rd for $3.8 million. Two US players were next, with William Tonking 4th for $2.8 million and Billy Pappas 5th for $2.1 million.
In an interesting side story, Mark Newhouse finished in 9th place for the 2nd consecutive year (this time after starting the final table with a respectable stack).
You can Qualify for the 2015 World Series Main Event Online
Many players win low cost online qualifiers to the World Series every year. Typically, the prizes include the $10,000 entry for the event itself, plus extra for flights, accommodation and expenses. Qualifier games are tiered, so you can start with just a few dollars, and win entry through 2 or 3 tournaments to get to the game which gives the prizes away.
These are usually announced in March and April of each year – though you’ll find qualifiers to many other big live events ranging from the WPT or EPT to smaller local tournaments
US Players should check out Bovada.lv (part of the Bodog family) for great promotions which often include qualifiers.
International players should look no further than 888 Poker – which has its own sponsored events (for example the ‘Battle of Malta’) as well as qualifiers to the big global events.
You never know, next year it could be you winning the coveted gold bracelet and banking the $10,000,000 first prize!