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Martin Jacobson wins World Series of Poker main event, taking home $10 million

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Sweden’s Martin Jacobson parlayed three 10s into $10,000,000.

Jacobson, a 27-year-old who eschewed sunglasses in favor of a normal pair of eyeglasses, outlasted Felix Stephensen of Norway to win the World Series of Poker’s main event on Tuesday night in Las Vegas, taking home the $10 million prize. On the final hand, his trip-10s beat Stephensen’s pair of nines.

According to the Associated Press, Jacobsen got his start in poker while training to be a chef. None of his friends would be awake when he got home after late-night shifts, so he started playing online.

He became just the sixth European player to win the main event, joining England’s Mansour Matloubi (1990), Noel Furlong of Ireland (1999), Carlos Mortensen of Spain (2001), Peter Eastgate of Denmark (2008) and Germany’s Pius Heinz (2011). The highest American finisher was William Tonking of Flemington, N.J., who finished fourth and took home $2.84 million.

Stephenson earned $5.1 million for second place, while third-place Jorryt van Hoof of the Netherlands — the chip leader for much of the final table — took home $3.8 million.

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