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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. 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.
  4. On the 33rd hand of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, Felix Stephensen (pictured) muscled the chip lead away from fellow EuropeanJorryt Van Hoof. On a board of A-5-4-K-7, Stephensen fired out a bet of four million and Billy Pappas got out of the way. Just like that, we had our first November Nine chip lead change. Stephensen had Q-2, while Pappas had pocket eights. The pot was worth 8.25 million. --- 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. Visit William Hill today! --- We have seen a ton of premium pocket pairs after only a dozen hands, including multiple aces and multiple pocket jacks. We have also seen plenty of big-ace hands. However, the action, for the most part, has been fairly tepid, with no critical short stack and no dominant stack to push the table around. One of the pots laced with big hands saw Van Hoof raise to one million pre-flop and Dan Sindelarcall with pocket sevens. Martin Jacobson, who had 10-10, came along to a flop of Q-6-7. Sindelar, the second player to flop a set of sevens, bet 1.4 million after the other two players checked and Jacobson and Van Hoof got out of the way. ESPN commentators Norman Chad, Lon McEachern, and Antonio Esfandiariall praised Jacobson for his discipline in the early going. Also making an impression was Sindelar, whom Alex AssassinatoFitzgerald observed on social media seems "calm, cool, and collected." In one video package, Mark Newhouse (pictured) told ESPN, "This year [the final table is] softer… This year, I don't know anybody from before this tournament… I have a lot of chips and I like my chances." The crowd summarily booed after the package was shown in the Penn and Teller Theater. Kara Scott, reporting for ESPN, told viewers, "Bruno Politano said he was going to paint Las Vegas green and yellow." He estimated his 150 railbirds each spent $4,000, or $600,000 total. That's nearly ninth place money and demonstrates the dedication the Brazil poker community has. Politano has acted fairly deliberately at every juncture, with Chad calling him the "human rain delay." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. 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.
  6. The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event resumed on Monday night on a 30-minute delay on ESPN2. As each member of the November Nine zoomed across the Rio's Voodoo Zip Line, the camera panned into the 1,200-seat Penn and Teller Theater, which was electric. As Bluff's Lance Bradley put it, "Three minutes in and Politano's rail is already the greatest of all time. It’s not even close." --- 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. Visit William Hill today! --- Antonio Esfandiari, a former One Drop champion, joined Norman Chad and Lon McEachern in the announce booth and said that Newhouse's experience "would be a huge difference-maker tonight." He added that if he were at the final table, he'd be the elder statesman. Jorryt Van Hoof was the chip leader when play resumed and was stacked with 95 big blinds, while Bruno Politano, whom Bradley referred to, had more than 30 big blinds as the short stack. As many have pointed out, unlike years past, there's no dominant chip stack and desperate short stack. To that end, Esfandiari said, "It's going to take a while." Last year's final table lasted 261 hands. ESPN flashed to an interview with Mark Newhouse, who said, "In the last four months, I haven't been playing much poker. Mark Newhouse the poker player – I don't even remember." He added, "I finished ninth last year and who would have known I'd have another shot at it." Reigning Main Event champion Ryan Riess gave the ceremonial "Shuffle up and deal" command and Newhouse started with the button. The blinds began at 200,000-400,000 with an ante of 50,000. Patches included 888 Poker, the Commerce Casino, and DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports site. Neteller, Ruffles, and NJOY logos appeared on the table itself. Hole cards are being shown on every pot, so viewers at home can know exactly what players have. We'll continue to bring you updates throughout the evening in sync with the TV broadcast right here on PocketFives.
  7. On Monday, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event will resume from Las Vegas with the November Nine. The short stack in the room will be Brazil's Bruno Politano, but according to WSOP officials, he'll have the largest rail in the Penn and Teller Theaterat 120 friends and family (and potentially more). He'll be repping 888 Poker at the final table. --- 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! --- "I'm feeling good," Politano told PocketFives on Thursday. "I have a lot of emotions. I am very, very excited. I'm at the Rio. I came into Vegas on Wednesday. I have been welcoming my family and friends since then. I'm really relaxing." Politano and the eight other members of the November Nine are vying for a $10 million top prize. As we said, Politano was given 120 tickets for friends and family in the 1,200-seat Penn and Teller Theater. He told PocketFives that he might have around 140 railbirds and added, "There are a lot of fans who are coming out to support me. I have played poker for 11 years and have a lot of poker friends in Brazil. It's a big moment, not just for me, but also for all my fans." Politano is the first November Niner from Brazil. As such, he has already made history, but commented that plenty of other Brazilians have made waves in major poker tournaments: "I'm the first November Niner, but there are other players from Brazil who have played big tournaments. In the coming years, we'll have more Brazilians make the final table of the Main Event. I'll have a rail screaming for me, but there won't be too much pressure. I'll do my best. I'll play poker and god knows what will happen." Jorryt Van Hoofis the November Nine chip leader with a stack of 38.3 million. Politano is stacked with 12.1 million and just ahead of him is Sweden's Martin Jacobson (pictured), who has 14.9 million. Interestingly, Politano told PocketFives that Jacobson will be the toughest opponent: he'll face "He has the same stack as me, but is more experienced. He's the best opponent at the table." If Politano wins, it's off to XS Nightclub at the Wynn in Las Vegas, which he called "the best nightclub in the city." On what he'd do following a $10 million score, he told us, "My rail and I are going to XS at the Wynn. It's the best club in Vegas. I don't have any plans for the money though. My family has what it needs to live. I have a plan to win my bracelet first. That's the only thing I'm focused on. I'll worry about the rest later." If you've ever played tournament poker or watched it in person, you know it's a grind. There's a whole lot of folding and a whole lot of inactivity, which can make it difficult for players to stay focused. "I've played poker for 11 years, so staying focused comes naturally to me," Politano said. "Sometimes I go talk to my rail and take a quick break. It's impossible to spend your time 100% focused for 11 or 12 or 13 hours. I usually turn it off and then turn it on." Politano's poker coach is PocketFiver Ariel Bahia (pictured), who will be relaying him information on other players' hole cards while the tournament airs on a delay on ESPN2 on Monday. "He'll be watching and talking to me and telling me what cards my opponents have," Politano said. "Everyone will have that information, but it's good to have a change in strategy." Finally, we asked Politano who his favorite Brazilian of all-time is. There are plenty of people to choose from and the country has gained even more recognition after hosting this year's World Cup. His choice: Ayrton Senna, a former master of the Monaco Grand Prix. "He is very focused and very determined," Politano said. "He doesn't have the best car, but he has the best preparation, the best focus, and the best arms for a pilot. He's an inspiration for me." Catch all of the action from this year's November Nine right here on PocketFives. 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.
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