Down to his last two big blinds with four players remaining, the 24-year-old Pennsylvanian went on a card rush for the ages, tripling up, then doubling up and then doubling up again before finally eliminating fellow American Eric Liu to take a dominating chip lead into three-handed play.
Throughout the final table, Martin relied on spectacular proficiency in hitting cards on fifth street, repeatedly spiking river cards while behind to steal pots and cheat death time after time. It was a performance to make you believe in a higher power, and one with a man-crush on young Martin, at that.
The £1,720,000 prize pool that includes a £516,000 first prize.
By day's end the likes of Joe Hachem, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Greg Raymer had all been banished from the festivities, with play concluding early Monday morning with only 14 left in the hunt.
Chip leader is David Benyamine with $295,900, while Scotty Nguyen, Isabelle Mercier and John Juanda all remain in the hunt. Tomorrow will see the field play down through the money bubble and final table to award a champion by night's end.
As usual, PokerListings.com will be on the scene with full and comprehensive coverage from the first brutal elimination to that final shining moment. Tune in starting at 1 p.m. London time and ride along with the dream team.