World Series of Poker matched wits, spreadsheets

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The World Series of Poker final Texas Hold ’em main event was a matchup of Europeans with professional wits and opposition research.

One poker industry expert says online poker experience — legal in some foreign countries but only in three U.S. states — is what led to a final table entirely of Europeans Tuesday night.

Lance Bradley says the gameplay by the $10 million winner Martin Jacobson was perfection.

Each of the final three players exhibited calm confidence Tuesday night and at least one enlisted a team to analyze ESPN’s 30-minute delayed TV coverage to report on his opponents and how he should handle his hands.

Jorryt van Hoof placed third.

He said his team used spreadsheets to collect information filtered to him during breaks in table action.