Martin Jacobson Wins UKIPT Main Event at EPT London for £232,000
- Martin Jacobson transformed his short stack to an impressive win of £232,000
- The Swedish pro beat 1,457 opponents for his first Main Event win at the EPT
- UK pro Conor Beresford finished runner-up for £145,120
Martin Jacobson added another title to his name after taking down the £1,100 UKIPT Main Event which ran as part of the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) London at Hilton Park Lane.
The European poker tournament attracted 1,458 entries to create a total prize pool of £1,399,680. The Swedish poker pro dominated the field to take home £232,000 in first-place prize.
Come-from-Behind Victory for Jacobson
Jacobson was at the bottom of the pile at one point during Day 3 of the tournament but managed to recover, thanks to pocket aces which became a key poker hand for him to survive the day and proceed to the finale.
That wasn’t the first time Jacobson emerged victorious in an EPT event. He previously won an event at EPT London in 2013 and at EPT Vienna a year later, but those were just side events. During his post-win interview, Jacobson said it was nice to finally take down the Main Event after falling short of winning the title several times in the past.
Jacobson’s latest victory was also remarkable as it gave him his largest score since 2017 and his first six-figure win in four years. His total live earnings now sit at over $17 million.
Final Table Results
Just six players returned on the final day of the tournament, with Conor Beresford enjoying a massive chip lead. Day 4 started slowly with no major action, but things began to accelerate upon the elimination of France’s Olivier Arnault who finished 6th for £47,190.
Shortly after Arnault was knocked out, Italian player Vincenzo Schiavottiello headed to the payout desk to claim his 5th-place earnings worth £61,330.
The four remaining players became just three when Jon Kyte bowed out of the game courtesy of Beresford. The Norwegian poker pro finished 4th for £79,740. Next out was Spain’s Martin Caride who walked away with £103,650 for his 3rd-place finish.
Jacobson and Beresford entered heads-up play, with the latter ahead in chips. The British pro commanded the early stages of the final table action but he was unable to maintain his dominance through to the heads-up battle as Jacobson quickly grabbed the lead after successively winning huge pots.
In the final hand, Jacobson made a set of aces on the turn to defeat Beresford’s flopped two pair. Beresford settled for second place with £145,120 in winnings. Completing the final table were Danny Pyke (8th, £27,930) and Guy Leathley (7th, £36,290), who were eliminated on Day 3.