If you happen to be one of those who have been keeping an eye on the Main Event since the start, then you will remember the name Martin Jacobson. The Swede actually finished as the chip leader after the first flight of Day 1 and somehow managed to convert that into the chip lead heading into the final day of the series for the summer.
That’s right, tonight is the big night that the November Nine will be announced. The remaining 79 players played through a long day yesterday until they were finally able to reach the final three tables and a couple of minutes ago they started their chase for one of the nine seats at the final table of the biggest poker tournament in the world.
For quite a few, that dream was crushed last night when their chips ended up in another player’s stack due to a bad beat, a bad decision, or anything else. Whatever the reason, the result was the same – the dream of earning ten million dollars – gone in thin air!
Some who had to deal with that experience included the last woman standing, Maria Ho, who was unable to make anything happen with her short stack. Brian Hastings was another who had a really solid run but his luck simply ran out. Vitaly Lunkin and Matthew Haugen also won’t be playing further.
Jacobson currently has a pile of chips exceeding 22 million, about six million in front of second place Luis Velador, with Dan Sindelar not far behind in third place. There are only a few blinds separating Velador and Sindelar. Dan Smith also starts the day with a big stack of over 10,000,000, good for seventh place.
There are also three players still in with previous deeper runs in the Main Event, but Mark Newhouse leads in that category. He was able to reach the November Nine last year, eventually riding his short stack to an eighth place finish. Newhouse has a very workable stack of 6.8 million to start the day and there is nothing stopping him from besting last year’s performance other than 26 players just as eager and hungry to get there.
The action is now underway for the ultimate day of the summer and two players have already been sent to the rail – Brian Roberts and Sean Dempsey. Both of them get to enjoy a nice payday of nearly $287,000 as they lament the missed opportunity of truly life changing money.
In a couple hours, the cards will have their final say and we will know who gets to fly back home with their mind set on just one thing for the next few months: outlasting the other eight players and running away with the huge $10 million prize and title of World Champion of Poker!