Mark Newhouse Chasing WSOP History, Leads with 79 Left in Main Event

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Mark Newhouse (pictured), who finished ninth in last year’s World Series of Poker Main Event as a member of the November Nine, leads entering Day 6 this year, when 79 remain. The Main Event cash will likely push Newhouse over $1 million in career WSOP earnings and his ninth place finish last year was worth nearly three-quarters of a million bucks.

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What records is Newhouse chasing? He could become the first person since Dan Harrington to make back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables; Harrington did so in 2003 and 2004. And, according to WSOP.com, “Newhouse has already lived the reality of being a November Niner and is trying to become the first player in history to become a November Niner for a second time.”

As WSOP.com outlined, Newhouse had a rock solid Saturday in Las Vegas: “He started the day 27th in chips and rocketed up the leaderboard quickly throughout the day. Late into the day, Newhouse took a hold of the chip lead and was able to hold it all the way until the end. Newhouse will be returning for Day 6 with 7,400,000 chips, almost a million more than his nearest competitor.”

In second place behind Newhouse is Kyle Keranen (pictured), who took 38th in the Main Event in 2012. He has 6.6 million in chips and will look to crack the top 40 for the second year out of three.

The title of Last Woman Standing in this year’s Main Event belongs to Maria Ho, who was the Last Woman Standing five years ago as well. She earned the honors this time around after the elimination of Mikiyo Aoki, who also finished as the runner-up in this year’s Ladies Event. Aoki ran tens into Eddie Sabat‘s kings on her final hand and no help came when the board rolled out J-3-2-3-6. Ho will have her work cut out for her, though, as she’s the tournament’s short stack.

Brian Stinger885Hastings (pictured) is still alive in the Main Event and has the 29th largest stack at 2.9 million. Hastings drew out on A-Q with A-J late on Day 5 to eliminate Thomas Applegate after making jacks-up on the flop. That hand boosted Hastings’ stack by 600,000; he has already made two final tables at this year’s WSOP.

Here are the top 10 chip stacks in the 2014 WSOP Main Event right now:

1. Mark Newhouse – 7,400,000
2. Kyle Keranen – 6,670,000
3. Scott Palmer – 6,595,000
4. Bruno Politano – 5,475,000
5. Andoni Larrabe – 5,470,000
6. Dan KingDan Smith – 5,360,000
7. Dan Sindelar – 5,240,000
8. Tony Ruberto – 5,235,000
9. Iaron Lightbourne – 4,975,000
10. Leif Force – 4,745,000

Other PocketFivers remaining include, but are not limited to:

11. Craig mcc3991 McCorkell – 4,355,000
16. Bryan badbeatninjaDevonshire – 3,830,000
21. Ryan toetaguFair – 3,500,000
28. Isaac mr. menlo Baron – 3,000,000
29. Brian Stinger885Hastings – 2,945,000
38. Clayton NinemilHamm – 2,250,000
41. Chad evechadEveslage – 2,115,000
57. Paul SenterpiedSenter – 1,350,000
69. Kyle kwob20Bowker – 920,000

Sunday will likely see the field trimmed from 79 to 27. Then, on Monday, the group will play down to its November Nine. Keep it dialed to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming.

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