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Eight of the remaining 13 players are from countries outside of the United States and flying the flag for Sweden as head in to the November Nine is veteran poker pro Martin Jacobson. The only Swede left, Jacobson has been playing professionally for the last six years and in that time has racked up over $4.8 million in live tournament earnings. Jacobson is already guaranteed $441,000 but if he can hold on until the final table, he'll have a shot at $10 million and the title of world champion in November. Jacobson is very well-respected among elite live tournament pros and said in the interview he's doing his best to keep calm and take it one decision at a time. It was obvious this win would mean the world to him but he also said he's not going to get ahead of himself and make plans for money he hasn't yet won. Check out the interview and keep watching PokerListings.com for the latest news and video from the 2014 World Series of Poker.
My name is Martin Jacobson. I'm from Sweden. Right now I'm living in London. I've been doing that for the last two years, and I've been playing poker for six years, professionally. Well, this is obviously an amazing opportunity to achieve a huge goal of mine, make the final table of the main event. But right now I'm just trying to stay calm, and taking everything bit by bit. I hope I can inspire other people to play poker, but yeah, right now I'm not focusing too much on what would happen if I became a champion, because there's so much more to go until that happens.
Yeah, I feel in the zone for sure. Yeah, I guess I try to stay calm and make calculated decisions and don't rush anything and just try to play relaxed. Yeah, at this point in the tournament I definitely think experience plays a huge part when you're playing for... when there's so much at stake. I don't know, I'll reflect on that when it happens. If I would be lucky enough to win the main event, that would be awesome, but I'm not going to make future plans for money I don't have right now.