It took 56 hands, but we had our first elimination from the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Eventfinal table. The man who exited first for the second straight year: Mark Newhouse, who called a 3bet from William Tonking pre-flop to see a flop of 2-4-J.
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Tonking bet out 3.5 million and Newhouse called to see the 4h on the turn. Tonking checked after some deliberation and Newhouse bet 4.5 million. Tonking came along and the river was another jack. Tonking rapped the table and Newhouse shoved for 10.2 million. Tonking called and Newhouse showed 10-10 for a pair, but was devastated to see that Tonking had Q-Q. Newhouse had the fifth largest stack when the hand took place, while Tonking started with the third largest hand.
For the second straight year, he’ll leave the final table with no additional cash, but his tremendous poker accomplishment shouldn’t be overlooked.
On the river, ESPN commentator Antonio Esfandiari said he “loved” the bet by Newhouse. “It shows a lot of heart,” said Esfandiari. “He put his opponent on a hand and played accordingly. That’s how you win at No Limit Hold’em.”
ESPN commentator Norman Chad said, “It doesn’t seem possible. What a call and what devastation again for Mark Newhouse.”
A Tweet from Newhouse from July 7 that read “Just bought into the main event day 1c. Not fucking finishing 9th again” popped up in our feed, having been re-Tweeted 117 times and marked as a Favorite 178 times.
Tonking grabbed the Main Event chip lead after the hand, likely igniting the excitement of many fellow New Jersey players:
William Tonking – 48,450,000
Jorryt van Hoof – 45,475,000
Dan Sindelar – 25,650,000
Andoni Larrabe – 22,000,000
Felix Stephensen – 20,375,000
Billy Pappas – 15,350,000
Bruno Politano – 12,950,000
Martin Jacobson – 10,225,000
As you might know, Scott Seiver is coaching Felix Stephensen, leading one person on Twitter to say, “Have to be pretty demoralizing for the villains to see @scott_seiver working like mad on @FelixStephensen rail. #goFelix #WSOP #2Poker.”
In an interview with ESPN, reigning champion Ryan Riess told viewers, “It’s a lot different. When you’re sitting down there playing and concentrating, you can’t recognize all of this commotion going on… It’s really cool.” He said of the crowd noise, “At the table, you’re focusing on the action and not thinking about the fans and what they’re saying.”