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  1. 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. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- 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. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. We've reached the 2014 World Series of Poker November Nine. The Main Event played down to its final nine players on Monday night and six countries are represented, including, for the first time ever, Brazil. The other five nations that will be part of the 2014 WSOP Main Event November Nine festivities are the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- One of the main storylines of the night involved Mark Newhouse, who became the first person ever to make multiple November Nines and the first person to make back-to-back Main Event final tables since Dan Harrington did so in 2003 and 2004. Harrington battled through a combined Main Event field of 3,415 players, while Newhouse had to contend with a combined Main Event field of 13,045. Newhouse (pictured) finished ninth last year and, according to WSOP.com, "In order to earn more money than Harrington did in those two years, Newhouse will have to finish in sixth place or higher." The unofficial final table of 10 in the Main Event lasted all of 24 hands and ended with Luis Velador 3betting all-in before the flop and getting a call from Newhouse. When the cards were turned over, it was pocket fours against pocket fives and, perhaps fittingly for this website, the better starting hand held. Velador took 10th place for $565,000 and, as a result, each player remaining is guaranteed $730,000. The winner, as has been trumpeted all year long, will win $10 million. On the 17th hand of 10-handed play, Velador served a double up to Andoni Larrabe, who 3bet all-in before the flop from the hijack. Velador called after some deliberation and rolled over A-K only to see he was up against aces. No help came for Velador and Larrabe doubled to 21.7 million, shrinking Velador's stack and helping lead to the eventual all-in. In addition to busting Velador, Newhouse sent Maximilian Senft to the rail in 11th place. Senft sent his chips into the middle before the flop and Newhouse came along with pocket threes against K-Q of diamonds. Newhouse hit a set on the flop and Senft was drawing dead by the river. For much of the waning stages of the Main Event, Sweden's Martin Jacobson(pictured) was perched somewhere atop the chip counts. He sent Christopher Greaves to the rail in 12th place with A-3 suited against K-5. The money went in before the flop and an ace immediately hit to keep Jacobson in the lead with top pair. Greaves was drawing dead by the river and Jacobson made the November nine with the second shortest stack. Shortly before Greaves' elimination, he doubled up William Pappaconstantinou with A-Q against kings. Pappaconstantinou finished the evening in sixth place with 17.5 million. Netherlands poker player Jorryt van Hoof, who busted two players in the latter stages of Monday's play, is your November Nine chip leader at 38.3 million. He has six million, or 17%, more in chips than Felix Stephensen, who calls Norway home and is in second place. The blinds ended at 200,000-400,000-50,000: 1. Jorryt van Hoof - 38,375,000 (Netherlands) 2. Felix Stephensen - 32,775,000 (Norway) 3. Mark Newhouse - 26,000,000 (USA) 4. Andoni Larrabe - 22,550,000 (Spain) 5. Dan Sindelar - 21,200,000 (USA) 6. William Pappaconstantinou - 17,500,000 (USA) 7. William Tonking - 15,050,000 (USA) 8. Martin Jacobson - 14,900,000 (Sweden) 9. Bruno Politano - 12,125,000 (Brazil) The November Nine will return to the Rio on November 10 and 11 to determine a winner. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. When Mark Newhouse (pictured) overcame staggering odds to secure a seat at his second WSOP Main Event final table in a row this year, hopes were high that the Chapel Hill native would take home a larger chunk of the prize pool than he did for his ninth place finish in 2013. But, after his all-in river bluff was called by William Tonking, Newhouse was once again the first November Niner to be knocked out of the tournament. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- As the action went down, cameras from All In were on hand to film the second part of an episode of the magazine's "Off the Felt" documentary series and got an inside look at the pro's reaction immediately following the devastating hand. Watch the video. Before the start of the final table, the All In crew spent time with Newhouse while he relaxed in his hotel room with friends. "When I hopefully buy a house in the next month or so, this will be hanging up for sure," he said, holding a magazine featuring himself on the cover. "I feel great," he told the interviewer. "I'm not nervous, I'm not excited. Ready to play poker tomorrow, that's about it." In the first part of the series, Newhouse revealed that he planned to do little in preparation for the final table and hadn't played any poker since winning his seat back in July. When asked what he had been doing since the first episode was filmed, the Chapel Hill native responded, "a couple of more weeks of nothing," and added that he had spent a week in Hawaii. "I'm cool, I'm ready to play," he said. During the Main Event, the film crew was on stage to capture all of the action. But, after Newhouse dragged a big pot, the crew decided to take a break. It was then that someone told them that Newhouse had unexpectedly been knocked out of the tournament. "We're like, you've got to be kidding me," the interviewer had responded, before running back to the Penn and Teller Theater to film the aftermath. Fielding questions from the press, Newhouse rocked back and forth and gave short, one-word answers. "What does this mean for you and poker," he was asked. "Nothing," he responded. "We don't need to talk about it anymore." Back in the hotel room, the camera continued to roll as a dejected Newhouse came to grips with his second ninth place Main Event finish in a row. "Not going to be much interesting conversation; not really in the mood for that," he said. After discussing the hand, he was asked if there was any physical feeling from being knocked out. "No, I'm okay. I just want to start getting stuff done right now," he replied. In previous interviews, Newhouse had made it clear that he would not be making any grand plans for his future until the final table had been played out. "I need to finish up some tax stuff and figure out where I'm going to live. All that stuff was waiting on this." In contrast to the solemn scene inside the hotel room, the video cut to an interview with WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla, who added some words of encouragement: "He's a great player and he should take a lot of pride in what happened here. I think time will remind him about how special this was. The challenge is on you to become the first to make three consecutive final tables. We're all rooting for you Mark." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. If you're thinking of heading to the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio on Monday for the long-awaited restart of the World Series of Poker Main Event or are planning on watching the gala unfold on television, expect "the craziest year yet," according to Caesars Interactive Entertainment Vice President Seth Palansky. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- "This is going to be the craziest year yet," Palansky told PocketFives this week in an exclusive interview. "We've never had more support from the players' rails than we'll have this year. That will impact the general public's ability to get in initially on Monday. Some will get in, but it'll probably take losing a player or two before we can take all of the general public that's interested in attending." The Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio seats 1,200. According to Palansky, players' families and friends will take up about 1,000 of those seats, or 83%. That leaves just 200 spots for the general public out of the gate. Bruno Politano (pictured), from Brazil, is bringing what should be a very rowdy rail of 120, the largest of anyone. Expect Carnival to invade the Rio next week. "We have never given away more seats to the players themselves than we did this year," Palansky revealed. "We don't have a short stack this year. We don't have a dominant chip leader, either." Therefore, the pace of the Main Event, at least at the outset, could be rather sluggish. This author has been to several November Nine finales. The atmosphere is unlike any other, as you're watching poker being played at the most prestigious level possible. The number of fans in attendance is also pretty remarkable considering the less-than-rapid pace of poker in general. Palansky explained, "You'll have enlarged big screens inside the theater showing you the table and updated chip counts. We'll have some pomp and circumstance to introduce everyone." Speaking of introducing everyone, reigning Main Event champ Ryan Riesswill give the ceremonial "Shuffle Up and Deal" command on Monday, while ring announcer Bruce Buffer will handle those duties on Tuesday. The November Nine is available on a 15-minute delay on ESPN2 on Monday night, with every hand shown and hole cards being revealed on-screen. Therefore, why would someone venture to the Rio to catch the action in person when they can sit and home in their pajamas and watch on TV? "If you're a poker fan or have ever played, to witness poker on this stage in this environment is unlike anything you've ever seen," Palansky argued. "You can be a fan of poker, absorb this setting, and be up on that stage next year playing for the bracelet." There are six countries represented in the November Nine this year, which should give the tournament's finale a World Cup flair. Prepare to see a potpourri of football jerseys as well as signs in various languages. There should be plenty of incoherent singing and fans draped in the flags of their home countries. One of the major storylines this year is Mark Newhouse (pictured) becoming the first player to make back-to-back November Nines, doing it in fields of 6,382 in 2013 and 6,683 in 2014. "I'm rooting for him to be successful," Palansky said of Newhouse. "Ultimately, the cards will dictate your fate. I've seen Phil Ivey go out with A-K versus A-Q. I've seen 2-2 beat J-J. I've seen Q-Q lose to 7-7. Anything can happen. He's achieved something incredible and will walk away from next week's experience having done something that probably won't be done again in the history of poker." Catch all of the action from the Main Event starting next Monday on ESPN2 and right here on PocketFives. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. One of the most memorable hands of the WSOP Main Event was Mark Newhouse's bust-out hand. It deserved the attention. Newhouse, after finishing ninth the year before, placed his tournament on the line by turning his pocket tens into a bluff. He made a decision few of us could make, and fewer would know if it were correct. Some, like Antonio Esfandiari while commentating, heralded Newhouse for his heart. Others decried his handling of his second Main Event final table in as many years. All enjoyed seeing some of the ballsiest tournament poker ever played. In this article, I hope to shed some light on what both players were thinking and also offer my own analysis of what could have been going on under the surface. It is good to preface this hand deconstruction by saying I think both players played their hands well. Newhouse is largely going to be the focus of this piece and I admit he is a far better player than I am. I am only guessing at the logic going on between both players and hoping to entertain and educate you all in the process. None of this is meant as a corrective for either player. The hand started with Newhouse having roughly 22.5 million in chips. Blinds were 250K/500K, so Newhouse started with 45 big blinds. Van Hoof raised to 1.1 million and Newhouse decided to call. We could debate just this call for the entirety of the article. I can understand why a player of Newhouse's caliber wouldn't want to play a huge all-in pot here by three-betting. He has a distinct advantage going to flops. Others would argue him flatting this bet a disproportionate amount of the time makes his three-betting-in-position range a hard sell later, as it becomes too polarized. A pair of tens is a hand that in a multi-way pot is more likely to lose, while it does very well heads-up. However, it is difficult in many players' minds for Van Hoof to four-bet fold here. I disagree with these players. I still think it is possible Van Hoof would four-bet/fold here. It wouldn't be a bad move given how little it would cost him and how it would put Newhouse's entire stack at risk. Van Hoof showed a propensity to make gutsier plays and he certainly had the chips for it at this point. That said, 45 big blinds is a lot given the stack distribution at the table and laddering up a few spots means millions of dollars at this final table. A little discretion is more than understandable ICM-wise. Furthermore, according to those who tracked statistics as the players played down to the November Nine, Newhouse had a 1.7% three-bet percentage. That is insanely low. It is probably much harder for him to sell a three-bet bluff here. After Newhouse flats, it's folded around to the big blind, William Tonking, who re-raises to 3.75 Million. A live cash game veteran, Tonking had shown considerable prowess playing post-flop. He hadn't three-bet much leading up to the final table, but his propensity to play tons of hands on Day 7 shows he can be creative and mix it up. While it wasn't extremely likely Tonking was three-bet bluffing here, he certainly had the skills to do so. Newhouse, in my view, correctly called. Given the great price Mark Newhouse was getting and the superior position he had, he needs to call. He shouldn't four-bet because the call/re-raise move is the strongest in Hold'em. It would be hard for Tonking to make a light five-bet. The board comes J-4-2 rainbow and Tonking makes a small continuation bet of 3.5 million into the roughly 9.5 million-chip pot. The sizing is great here. This is a very hit or miss board. Most players are not capable of raising a top pair here for value. It's unlikely Newhouse would raise a set either on such a dry board. It's anyone will raise this small bet; they know they will be representing nothing. This bet also keeps in smaller pairs and J-X. Newhouse makes a good call on the flop. He is calling 3.5 million to win 13 million. To find out how much equity he needs to call here, we divide 3.5M by 16.5M because that's the size of the pot (with his call added in) which he will receive should he win the pot. 3.5/16.5 = 0.2121. Newhouse needed 22% equity or more to flat on this flop. Even if we give Tonking a three-betting range which contains no under-pairs, but only TT+, AKo+, A-Qs+, half the combinations of AQo, and one suited connector bluff, Newhouse has 44.9% equity on this board. He has more than double what he needs to call on the flop. Now it's worth noting that AQo offsuit here in Newhouse's position has about 22% equity. Does that mean you should call? Well, realize if you're calling with 22% equity and you needed 21.21% equity, you need to realize your equity close to 100% of the time here. This can be difficult, as No Limit Hold'em isn't a one street game. If he ever bets you off of your outs on the turn, you're not realizing that equity. If you can bluff on future streets, it is possible you can realize more than the equity you need, but this is a pretty hard board to bluff typically. It's very dry. Small pairs stick to people's hands. If you're not going to be able to bluff much, you need to know your opponent has a turn and river betting frequency of 0%. That is a tall and unrealistic order. Newhouse's hand only needs to realize it's equity around half the time. That seems plausible. After Newhouse's call, the turn comes a four, putting two hearts on the board. Tonking curiously checks. I say curious because that card is a decent blank. It's unlikely Newhouse (pictured) has a four. It makes it much less likely he connected with a small pair on the flop. Newhouse has shown a propensity to call down before. He's very loose post-flop. You're probably still getting a call from J-X, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10, and maybe 7-7 if you double barrel here. Of course, many do not like betting because then if you check the river out of position you are waving a white flag that says, "I likely don't have much better than one pair." The hope is that the turn will get checked through and you can play a smaller pot with one pair, but sometimes that's not realistic. I humbly believe the check is ill-advised. You should go for three streets. It's possible Newhouse slow-played aces or kings, but statistically that's a very small part of his range. If you check to a great player like Newhouse as well, he will have a better idea of where you're at. Your double-barrel range will be more difficult to interpret. It's likely that Tonking would double barrel a flush draw here, so when he checks, he's telling Newhouse a river heart or overcard is a great card to bluff, as he's probably not check calling ace-highs all that often. This is a very dangerous situation to put yourself in. Mark Newhouse makes a 4.5 million bet into the pot, which is pretty small. I don't mind it's sizing because it's unlikely to encourage Tonking to check-raise bluff; the stacks are too shallow, and there's too much money on the line. I refer to these kind of bets as a move to "buy the showdown." When Newhouse bets small here, he could get value from smaller pairs, flush draws, and ace high, while also insuring his opponent normally checks the river to him. The problem with this bet is did Tonking really three-bet that many smaller pairs? His three-bet percentage didn't crack 4% before the final table. Also, is he calling down with ace highs? I'm doubtful of both of these scenarios. Tonking calls. The river comes an offsuit jack, pairing the board, and we realize one of the benefits of Mark Newhouse's turn bet: if he wishes to fire the river as a bluff, his "value" line is more credible. Tonking checked. This is where the hand becomes really interesting and debatable. Many said Tonking didn't look that confident when he saw the river. I would wonder if he would have taken a few seconds more to consider shoving the river if he did indeed have a jack in his hand. You could certainly see why Newhouse wanted to bluff this card. Newhouse declared all-in fairly quickly. He threw his body into it a bit. In my experience, this is players having to get their nerve up. This is why I commented after I saw the hand that, "Newhouse isn't going to regret this shove. He's going to regret he didn't think through the river more." However, that doesn't help Tonking much. He is left with essentially a bluff catcher. Newhouse isn't jamming tens assuming nines or eights will call him. That would be too thin of a value jam. It's hard to believe Newhouse would have the gall to bluff here, which gives the play credibility. He said frequently how much he didn't want to go out ninth again. He's betting 10.8 million into 25.5 million. His jam isn't even for half the pot. Tonking would have to call 10.8 million to win 36.3 million. That's an insanely good price. He will only need to be right 23% of the time to make this call. However, contextually there's much going against Newhouse here: His history of blowing millions shows others he's capable of riskier moves. His itchy and constant movement at the final table. His active image. His admittance he didn't play any poker before the final table. His kneejerk reactionary way he shoved. This is a guy who does what he wants, when he wants. If you know you made an obviously dejected check here on this river, then it stands to reason Newhouse could be bluffing more than a quarter of the time. That said, this is not an easy call. Esfandiari said he loved the shove and that it showed an incredible amount of heart. I agree completely. This showed Newhouse had the attitude of a winner; he was going for it, his last year's finish be damned. I have been in Tonking's spot and have folded, many times. I think many high stakes regulars have. It certainly not inconceivable that Tonking decides, given the stakes, Newhouse is not bluffing here ever and lays down his hand. This is the part of poker that is so difficult. This river play is not easily defeated with numbers. It does come down to a feel. This guy doesn't like his hand, but can he fold given this great price? Nothing Newhouse did in the hand wasn't explainable or necessarily incorrect. Like many hands where he's profited greatly from, he was operating on the margins, the gray areas. It just goes to show how difficult it is to really paint the black and play for a championship when everything is on the line. This article is brought to you by Assassinato Coaching and CardRunners. Sign up now to take advantage of an exclusive deal for Alex's followers. 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  6. We're dangerously close to the live conclusion of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event next Monday and Tuesday. In the meantime, the start of Day 7 aired on Sunday night on ESPN in the form of two one-hour episodes. Scott Palmermade headlines out of the gate, doubling through Dan Smith(pictured) with A-3 against queens after an ace hit on the river. Billy Pappas, who was also in the hand, folded jacks on the turn. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- After slow-playing pocket kings, Sean Dempsey bet 550,000 on a board of 6-4-Q-5-J. Mark Newhouse, who had 9-7 suited for a rivered flush, put Dempsey all-in and he called, busting from the Main Event. Also exiting was Brian Roberts, whose K-J could not draw out on Eddy Sabat's A-Q after all of the money went in before the flop. Thomas Sarracalled all-in before the flop with A-10 and ended up in a race against Andoni Larrabe's pocket eights. Sarra admitted, "I knew it was a terrible call, but I felt something wasn't right." Results-wise, Sarra made the right decision, hitting trip tens on the flop and doubling to nine million in chips. Larrabe (pictured) was the youngest player left in the field at age 22. Dan Sindelarcracked aces with nines to take the chip lead. Also trending up was New Jersey pokerplayer William Tonking, who called all-in against Pappas with aces against jacks on a ten-high flop and doubled up. Not as fortunate was rafting guide Bryan Devonshire, who had pocket tens and moved all-in before the flop against Max Senft, who had A-J. Senft came out on top of the race after hitting an ace on the flop and Devonshire turned in his second deep Main Event run in four years. One-time chip juggernaut Kyle Keranen5bet all-in before the flop with K-Q of hearts and got a taker in Bruno Politano (pictured), who had him crushed with kings. After a flop and turn of 6-10-7-3, Keranen was drawing dead and out. He took 38th place in 2012, making multiple deep runs like Devonshire. Also excelling in a follow-up Main Event performance was Leif Force, whose parents reportedly wanted to name him Life, but settled on Leif. In any case, he got his money in with K-Q against A-10, but could not suck out. It was his second time making the final three tables of the WSOP Main Event. To close out the first episode, Smith called all-in before the flop with A-K of spades against Jorryt Van Hoof, who had pocket fours. The action was 5bet before the flop, leading ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad to dub it the "facial hair showdown at the agro corral." Smith lost the flip in the end and Van Hoof shot up to fifth in chips. To open the second one-hour episode, which began at 10:00pm ET, Sarra 3bet bluffed with eight-high against Sindelar, who had top pair. Sindelar released his hand and Sarra continued to chip up. Then, Palmer bit the dust after running ducks into bullets. Newhouse (pictured), who finished ninth in the Main Event last year, was the talk of the town for much of the second hour of coverage on Sunday night. After all, amid fields numbering in the thousands, the chances of any player making back-to-back November Nine appearances are infinitesimal. In fact, eight players have made back-to-back final tables in the history of the WSOP, according to an ESPN infographic, the last being Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004. It wasn't looking promising for Newhouse either, as he doubled up Felix Stephensenwith A-9 against A-K and shed half of his stack. Also trending downward was Scott Mahin, who called all-in on a flop of 6-10-8 with two diamonds holding 10-8 for top two pair. Larrabe had the nut flush draw, which hit on the river to send Mahin home. The final hand shown on Sunday night saw Andrey Zaichenko call all-in drawing dead after Van Hoof made a straight to end his Main Event run in 17th place. Van Hoof, meanwhile, jumped to second on the leaderboard. This week, you can catch the final two prepackaged episodes beginning at 9:00pm ET on Sunday on ESPN. The November Nine will air on Monday, November 10 and Tuesday, November 11 on a delay on the network's family of stations. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN on Sunday night with a pair of one-hour episodes beginning at 9:00pm Eastern Time. The program began with the start of Day 6 and 79 players remaining. Mark Newhouse (pictured), who made the 2013 November Nine, was chip leader, poised to become the first two-time November Niner. Jason kgb_borisLeifer was the first player who busted on the ESPN broadcast of Day 6, getting his money in the middle in a set-over-set situation after Dan KingDanSmith called the clock to speed up his decision. Bruno Politano, who won the hand, called out Smith for his actions. Maria Ho, who started the day as the shortest stack, was eliminated after running J-8 of diamonds into queens on her final hand. She was the Last Woman Standing in 2014 after holding the same title in 2007, the third player ever to earn that superlative multiple times along with Annie Duke and Marsha Waggoner. Gable Paul moved all-in on a flop of 6-7-4 with two hearts with A-10 of the suit for the nut flush draw. Kyle Keranen (pictured), who had jacks, held on for the win and became the tournament's new chip leader. ESPN spent much of the first episode focusing on Bill Cole, the elder statesman of the remaining field. At one point, Cole doubled through Newhouse, yelling that he was "living the dream" to a rail that included longtime PocketFiver Blair Rodman. Cole eventually ran 9-9 into aces to bust from the Main Event. In the closing minutes of the first episode, Jorryt Van Hoofwon a coin flip against Matt Waxman, sending the latter's chip stack careening to 10 big blinds. To start the second episode, Van Hoof held K-J and had Waxman on the ropes with A-5. However, Waxman ultimately doubled after hitting a flush as the two continued to exchange chips. Chris hattrick8810 Odle moved all-in pre-flop with sevens against Keranen, who had A-10 of hearts. Odle picked up a flush draw on the flop as Keranen hit an ace, but it failed to come through on the turn or river. Keranen stacked 200 big blinds when all was said and done and became the 2014 WSOP Main Event's chip leader. Brian Roberts 4bet to 720,000 in chips with jacks and New Jersey poker player William Tonking (pictured) 5bet all-in for 3.2 million with kings. Roberts called and could not draw out, leaving Tonking to tell his opponents, "I play a lot better when I get kings against jacks." One of the more profound beats of the night went to Vladimir Bozinovic, who moved all-in on a two-club flop of J-9-5 with jacks for top set. Peter Placeycame along with K-4 of clubs for a flush draw, which hit on the river to send Bozinovic home. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad put it best by saying, "It's a brutal game." Finally, Waxman moved all-in pre-flop with tens and was up against Keranen's nines and Eddy Sabat's aces. The board ripped off 4-7-J-K-7, Sabat tripled up, Waxman hit the rail, and Keranen dropped to third place after the three-way pot. ESPN then showed a text from Waxman complaining that Sabat had celebrated too much. You can catch more of Day 6 of the 2014 WSOP Main Event next Sunday at 9:00pm Eastern Time on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. On Monday, Mark Newhouse(pictured) will be one of nine players vying for a $10 million top prize in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Newhouse, as you probably know by now, made history as the first ever two-time November Niner and is the first person to make back-to-back Main Event final tables since Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004. Newhouse, however, navigated fields of over 6,000 entrants in order to make it. Special thanks to 888 Poker for setting up this interview. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- Many would argue that Newhouse reaching back-to-back November Nines constitutes one of the greatest feats in poker history. Newhouse, however, is a bit humbler. He told PocketFives, "I don't feel that it's my place to comment on my own achievements or accomplishments. I let people say whatever they want to say about it. It's cool and it's something I'm proud of, but I can't say it's a great achievement. I'll let everyone else talk about it." "The first time, making the November Nine was such a big deal," Newhouse said of his 2013 accolade. "This time, the reality is the stakes are even higher. People are rating this accomplishment as whatever they are rating it as. There should be more pressure on me, but that's not the way I've felt. I have been relaxed. Last year, I was nervous. This year, I have felt more comfortable." We heard rumors that Newhouse checked out of the poker industry last year after his ninth place finish. Essentially devastated at the time, he said, "I disappeared for a few weeks. I didn't want to talk to anybody. The first time I made an appearance at Commerce Casino, I got dealers, food runners, and servers telling me congrats. I was like, 'It was a disaster. Why are you congratulating me?' It wasn't what I wanted to hear. After finishing ninth, the WSOP was the last thing I wanted to talk about." He added, "I went into last year telling myself whatever happens, happens and I wouldn't be affected by it. I was short-stacked, but didn't financially prepare myself to finish ninth. They pay you in July and if you go out first in November, you don't get anything else. It didn't hit me right away, but over time, I was somewhat devastated. I didn't win at poker for a few months after that. I got into a demoralized mode. It took me a while to mentally recover from that." WSOP officials gave Newhouse 120 tickets to distribute for Monday's action in the Penn and Teller Theater. His rail will consist of the likes of former November Niners Chino Rheem and Michael Mizrachi (pictured) along with former Main Event winner Huck Seed. As such, he'll be surrounded by a ton of brain power. Mizrachi finished fifth in the Main Event in 2010. When asked if Newhouse had sought out any advice from the three-time bracelet winner, Newhouse said, "I haven't talked to him about it. A lot of people get coaching, but I am trying not to think about it. I don't feel pressure at all. I'm not putting much thought into it. I feel that works to my advantage." This year marks the seventh installment of the November Nine. "Last year, I didn't mind the four-month break," Newhouse told us of the format. "It was a time to celebrate. I traveled to Europe for two months. Now that I'm doing it again, it's getting old. The sponsorship money isn't what it used to be and the four-month break is brutal. Your life is literally on hold for two months. So much can change between winning $700,000 and winning $10 million, so you have to wait. Maybe they could air the One Drop after the Main Event and condense this period a bit." Catch all of the action from this year's November Nine right here on PocketFives. Newhouse will be promoting 888 Poker. If you don't have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get an enhanced 100% up to $600 deposit bonus (regularly 100% up to $400), $88 free in most locations, and a free PocketFives t-shirt delivered to your doorstep. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. Day 5 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event aired on Sunday night on ESPN, going up against the Philadelphia Eagles' beat down of the New York Giants. When the first of two hour-long episodes began at 9:00pm Eastern Time, there were 139 players left and former #1 ranked PocketFiver Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured) was third in chips. As Greg Raymer put it in the opening montage, "The better you play, the less luck you're going to need." The first hand, for example, saw Tony Ruberto win a pot from Benger with just ace-high. Afterward, Benger talked to ESPN's cameras about making a living playing video games and mastering Counter-Strike. Speaking of Ruberto, an interview with the young gun aired in which he brushed off the notion that driving deep in the Main Event is buzz-worthy: "It's not a big deal. You want to know why? It's just another tournament. That's all it is. There's no glory. Yeah, it's the Main Event and there's a little more prestige, but it's still another day at the office." Meanwhile, Maria Ho, who would ultimately be the Last Woman Standing in the Main Event in 2014 for the second time in her career, called an all-in with pocket queens against an opponent with A-10. No bullet came and Ho continued to stack chips. Trending the opposite way was the boisterous Curtis Rystadt (pictured), who dropped 20% of his stack after his J-10 could not suck out on A-K of diamonds. Rystadt had gotten into it with California pokerpro Kyle Keranen earlier on Day 5, but the two had improved to "frenemies." Meanwhile, former "2 Months, $2 Million" star Brian Roberts bluffed all-in with Q-10 on a board of J-A-7-5-7, getting an opponent with A-10 to lay down his hand. Then, Roberts busted a player after his jacks stood tall against pocket tens. The latter hand caused Roberts' chip stack to swell by 70%. On a board of 9-Q-8-A, Dan KingDanSmith, holding queens, put Kane Kalas all-in. Kalas, who had Q-9 for two pair, stared down Smith, who coyly swallowed and looked nervous. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad said of Smith's move, "Camp counselors shouldn't give off false tells." Smith was a camp counselor in high school, by the way, as I'm sure several people reading this article were. In any case, Kalas called and was eliminated. The second episode, which aired at 10:00pm Eastern Time, began with three players all-in pre-flop on the same hand. The holdings: 4-4, A-J, and A-K, with a player who had J-J having all of them covered. The board rolled out 10-4-9-8-9 and Billy Pappas, who had 4-4, quadrupled up. Rystadt continued to bleed chips, this time his entire remaining stack. On a board of K-6-Q-2-4 with three clubs, Rystadt, who had an offsuit K-4, bet 400,000 and Keranen, his new best bud, shoved all-in with A-10 of clubs for the flopped nut flush. Rystadt stewed over his decision and ultimately called, sending him away from the Main Event and leaving Keranen to breathe a sigh of relief. In one of the final hands of the night, Benger moved all-in before the flop with J-J and Chad evechad Eveslage called with Q-Q. The better hand held and Benger was eliminated in 90th place. Despite doubling up a player and dropping one-fifth of his stack, Mark Newhouse(pictured) ended Day 5 as the Main Event's chip leader, seeking to become the first two-time November Niner. As Chad put it, "If he makes back-to-back final tables, I will zip line across the Grand Canyon with Mike Matusow on my back." Have fun with that, Norm. You can catch Day 6 of the Main Event starting at 9:00pm Eastern Time on Sunday on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.

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