Mark Newhouse Finishes Ninth in WSOP Main Event for Second Straight Year

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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.”

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19 COMMENTS

    • Personally I really like Newhouses shove but anyone got any thought on it or Thoughts on tonkings call ? with QQ on the 24J4J board? I guess he must have had a soul read since a jack could be played the same way by Newhouse on that board run out. Jack x hands are also in new houses range preflop since he just flatted.

    • Personally I really like Newhouses shove but anyone got any thought on it or Thoughts on tonkings call ? with QQ on the 24J4J board? I guess he must have had a soul read since a jack could be played the same way by Newhouse on that board run out. Jack x hands are also in new houses range preflop since he just flatted.

      He said he would have called faster had this not been the Main Event.

    • Personally I really like Newhouses shove but anyone got any thought on it or Thoughts on tonkings call ? with QQ on the 24J4J board? I guess he must have had a soul read since a jack could be played the same way by Newhouse on that board run out. Jack x hands are also in new houses range preflop since he just flatted.

      tonking called cuz he felt like newhouse is chcking back a J on turn to control pot majority of the time, also newhouse river shove looked very uncomfortable even watching on TV, im sure he had some live feel reads as well

    • @Sagaciousman I thought it was an easy call. Newhouse flats 2 raises preflop. Seems like a small pair. AK aa kk aq might have played back at him pre . JJ Is out of the question when the last J hits. So it comes down to could he have A J in his range . With the two flats pre it’s easy to put him on a hand like 99 Orr 77.

    • @Sagaciousman I thought it was an easy call. Newhouse flats 2 raises preflop. Seems like a small pair. AK aa kk aq might have played back at him pre . JJ Is out of the question when the last J hits. So it comes down to could he have A J in his range . With the two flats pre it’s easy to put him on a hand like 99 Orr 77.

      easy for everyone to speculate and play the hand perfectly as an observer especially knowing the hole cards. I guarantee that if you were there you would get eaten up by these sharks. This isn’t your nightly $11game, its a totally different level of poker that you obviously aren’t accustom to.
      They have all their accomplishments and accolades from years of grinding and studying the game… stop your narrow minded thinking.

    • @Sagaciousman I thought it was an easy call. Newhouse flats 2 raises preflop. Seems like a small pair. AK aa kk aq might have played back at him pre . JJ Is out of the question when the last J hits. So it comes down to could he have A J in his range .With the two flats pre it’s easy to put him on a hand like 99 Orr 77.

      arrogance, narrow minded arrogance. Results orientated thought process

    • He would’ve snapped if it wasn’t the main event. His words not mine. The line didn’t add up he made the right call. Some people think that’s a tuff call. I don’t , apparently neither did he.

    • “Wouldve snapped if it wasnt main”. LOLHe clearly had a tuff time calling, if it was an easy call he wouldnt have went into the tank so long. newhouse’s range clearly made tonking go into the tank and have a thourough thought about it. Transparent egotistical statement from tonking saying “it was an easy call” when clearly he was put to the extreme test.

    • With that river bet the ONLY thing he could lose to was KK or AA and if you know Newhouse’s play the guy is firing on that flop with any jack AA or KK if not a re-raise pre with AA or KK. He even fires at that flop with a draw. You can also see he put those chips in KNOWING he was getting called. Words I Manifest is correct here. I dunno what your talking about POLarAcE with your aggression toward his response. He is completely right. If it wasn’t an easy call then what was for you? JUST QUADS?

    • I would bet that not all of the other players could make the call w QQ there, and his TT got called pretty quickly by the next best hand. So I think it’s likely Tonking calls with worse, and for the times he might fold better hands, I like to error on the side of aggression here. Wp gg.

    • norman chad better own up to his silly promises, mark newhouse went back to back, Now bungie jump from a helicopter etc.

    • Of course he could have called with worse. But he had position and didn’t have worse. He didn’t play his queens he played Newhouse your missing it. There was Nthn he could fold to with the way Newhouse jammed the river. Only hand at all he was losing to was quads with the way it was played and you have to be 99 percent he doesn’t have quads. It screamed get out of my pot not I have a full house. change positions if Newhouse is last to act he gets the fold. From his spot there is no fold.

    • @Sagaciousman I thought it was an easy call. Newhouse flats 2 raises preflop. Seems like a small pair. AK aa kk aq might have played back at him pre . JJ Is out of the question when the last J hits. So it comes down to could he have A J in his range . With the two flats pre it’s easy to put him on a hand like 99 Orr 77.

      Thanks all for the opinions on the call. I just think being the ME final table and knowing how bad NH did not want to finish 9th might have leveled me into a fold. Agree his range should be a J or nothing, 4x or 66 full probably don’t shove the river. Does he always check back turn with a J though?
      Well Newhouse had position as well, so I think that widens his range to be other Jx hands.

    • Damn. This was a spoiler for me. I’ve been trying to avoid news on this, but silly me hitting the p5s homepage. Double depressing to hear that his run is up.

      I’ve been posting updates in sync with the TV broadcast, so there haven’t been any spoilers on our end if you’re watching the broadcast.