Hand #18: Action folded to Luis Velador, who opened for 600,000 in middle position. William Tonking called in the cutoff, and the two saw a flop heads up. The Brazilian crowd broke into random song and were shushed. Velador ceded control of the pot to Tonking, who bet 750,000 and took it down.
Hand #16: Felix Stephensen raised to 650,000 from middle position and took down the blinds and antes.
Hand #17: Jorryt van Hoof popped it up to 800,000 from middle position and found a call from Luis Velador in the hijack. Andoni Larrabe three-bet shoved all in from the hijack for his last 10 million. Action folded back around to van Hoof who threw his hand into the muck. Velador asked for a count and then went into the tank for about two minutes before announcing a call.
Larrabe was in a dominating position heading to the flop with his pocket aces. The dealer fanned on the felt, pairing Velador's king but keeping Larrabe out in front. The paired the board on the turn, meaning Larrabe needed to dodge a king on the river in order to score the double.
The completed the board and Larrabe secured the double.
|Jorryt van Hoof||35,620,000||-900,000|
Hand #13: Cards were flicked into the muck until Felix Stephensen made it 650,000 in the cutoff. The players behind him wasted little time before folding.
Hand #14: Jorryt van Hoof took his turn opening from the cutoff, for 700,000. Mark Newhouse came along on the button, and both blinds got out of the way. The flop resulted in a bet of 1.05 million from van Hoof, and Newhouse again continued, seeing a fall. Van Hoof bet about the size of the pot, with 4.55 million. Newhouse folded right away.
Hand #15: Martin Jacobson opened for 650,000 from an early position, and nobody called.
|Jorryt van Hoof||36,520,000||2,550,000|
Hand #10: Jorryt van Hoof was under the gun and opened with a raise to 700,000. Action folded over to Dan Sindelar who called from the cutoff. The rest of the table folded, leaving the two heads up to the flop.
The dealer fanned on the felt and van Hoof checked. Sindelar came out with a bet of 775,000, van Hoof folded, and Sindelar took down the pot.
Hand #11: Action folded to Felix Stephensen in the small blind. He completed and van Hoof checked the big blind. The flop came down and Stephensen checked. Van Hoof knuckled the table in reply, allowing the to pair the board on the turn. Two more checks occurred and the put two pair on the felt on the river. Both players checked again and the hands were exposed. Van Hoof showed and Stephensen tabled , meaning the two would chop the pot with two pair and jack high.
Hand #12: Martin Jacobson raised to 650,000 from middle position only to have William Pappaconstantinou three-bet the action to 1.425 million from the cutoff. The button and blinds got out of the way, putting the action back on Jacobson. He called to see a flop.
The flop fell and Jacobson quickly checked to the raiser. Pappaconstantinou continued out for 1.8 million and Jacobson sent his cards sailing into the muck. Pappaconstantinou pulled the pot and now has 19.6 million in chips.
|Jorryt van Hoof||33,970,000||-750,000|
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Hand #7: Mark Newhouse raised to 600,000 from middle position. Dan Sindelar made it 1.85 million in the small blind, forcing Martin Jacobson to fold his big blind. Newhouse decided to see the flop, which came . Sindelar made a quick bet of 1.2 million, which Newhouse called, and a arrived on the turn. Sindelar's next barrel was 2.7 million, and Newhouse's cards were quickly into the muck.
Hand #8: Action folded to Sindelar, who raised to 700,000 on the button. Bruno Politano defended his big blind, and the flop came . Politano check-called 550,000 to see the turn. Two checks followed, and the hit the river. After two more checks, Politano took the pot with for queens and tens.
Hand #9: Luis Velador opened the action for 625,000 in middle position. Politano again called from the blinds, and William Pappaconstantinou did the same. Everyone checked the flop, and an arrived. This time, Politano came out betting with 750,000. Pappaconstantinou called, while Velador let it go. The river led to a 2 million bet from Politano. Someone said something in the Brazilian crowd and was quickly hushed. Pappaconstantinou slid his cards to the dealer.
|Jorryt van Hoof||34,720,000||-150,000|
Mark Newhouse is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but he now calls Los Angeles, California home. A former student at Appalachian State, Newhouse is now a professional poker player that is looking to become the first player to make the November Nine twice. What’s more, he’d be doing it in consecutive years, becoming the first players since Dan Harrington to make back-to-back Main Event final tables.
Newhouse has been playing in the WSOP Main Event every year since 2006, but in his first five years all he managed was a 182nd in 2011 for $47,107. Then, in 2013, Newhouse managed to navigate a field of 6,352 players to find himself a part of the November Nine, albeit as the second shortest stack. Amazingly, Newhouse is among the final ten in the 2014 WSOP Main Event with enough chips to coast to the November Nine.
Newhouse first came to poker prominence when he earned over $1.5 million when he won the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in September 2009, but admitted that he wasn't the smartest person with his money following the big win, as you can see from what he told PokerNews in a Where Are They Now? interview.
"I made a lot of very poor decisions over the next couple of years," Newhouse said. “Right now I am a totally different person than I was then, and I am on the right track. I'm sort of in a rebuilding mode. I have made nearly every mistake you can make in this business and learned from all of them. I am doing my best to do the right things these days and things are going pretty well for me now. The road to rebuilding is a much longer and slower one than the road of destruction, but with a healthy lifestyle, a hard work ethic, a little discipline, and the experience of past mistakes my goals don't seem all that far away.”
With swagger and experience, Newhouse could very well rub some of the audience the wrong way, but the fact that he’s performed as he has in back-to-back years will no doubt endear him to many fans.
As for his 2014 WSOP Main Event journey, Newhouse played Day 1c and actually finished with less than the starting stack. His 29,675 put him 1,656 out of the advancing 2,571 players. Things went much better for Newhouse on Day 2, which is when he increased his stack to 220,400, putting him in 139th place out of 1,864 players.
Newhouse nearly doubled his stack on Day 3, which gave him 423,400 — 131 of 746. On Day 4, Newhouse’s stack jumped to 1.301 million, putting him in 27th place out of 291 players. Things really took off for Newhouse on Day 5, which is when he amassed a stack of 7.4 million, the most out of the remaining 79 players. Newhouse lost the chip lead on Day 6, but he still managed to finish in the top 27 with 6.82 million, which put him in 11th place.
Barring some bad luck, Newhouse should make history and become the first player to make a return appearance to the November Nine.
Here's a look as Newhouse's WSOP résumé prior to the 2014 Main Event:
Total WSOP & Circuit Earnings: $915,754
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 8
WSOP Earnings: $906,093
Circuit Rings: 0
Circuit Cashes: 1
Circuit Earnings: $9,661
Hand #4: Dan Sindelar raised to 750,000 from early position and it folded around to Mark Newhouse who called from the button. The two took a flop of and Sindelar came out swinging for 950,000. Newhouse called to see fourth street.
The turn was the and Sindelar slowed with a check. Newhouse rapped the table back and the finished off the board. Both players checked and Sindelar tabled for merely king-high. Newhouse rolled over to take down the pot.
Hand #5: Jorryt van Hoof opened to 700,000 from the hijack and Luis Velador tossed out a call from the button. Andoni Larrabe three-bet shoved for 8.85 million from the small blind, inducing folds from the big blind and both van Hoof and Velador.
Hand #6: Martin Jacobson limped from under the gun and it folded around to William Tonking who completed from the small blind. Sindelar checked from the big blind and the trio took a flop of . Tonking checked, Sindelar fired 500,000, and Jacobson came over the top with a raise to 1.75 million. Tonking announced a check-raise all in for 4.675 million. Sindelar folded and Jacobson called.
Tonking led with a flopped straight but Jacobson was drawing live with four to a club flush and a nine for a chop. The fell on the turn, keeping Tonking ahead with his straight. The drilled the river, allowing Tonking's straight to hold and scoring him the double up to 11.25 million in chips.
|Jorryt van Hoof||34,870,000||-850,000|
Hand #1: Andoni Larrabe raised to 600,000 from middle position. Jorryt Van Hoof defended his big blind, and the flop came . Van Hoof checked, and Larrabe bet 800,000. Van Hoof made the call, seeing the hit the felt on the turn. Another check from Van Hoof, and this time Larrabe fired 1.35 million. Van Hoof let his hand go.
Hand #2: William Pappaconstantinou raised to 700,000 in the cutoff. He was called by Felix Stephensen on the button and Mark Newhouse in the big blind. The three saw a flop of . Action checked through, and a paired the board. Newhouse came out with 1 million, and only Stephensen continued. The river brought the , and Newhouse checked. Stephensen thought briefly before making a small bet of 750,000. Newhouse mucked immediately.
Hand #3: William Tonking opened for a raise to 700,000 in early position. Pappaconstantinou three-bet to 1.5 million and took down the pot.
|Jorryt van Hoof||35,720,000||-1,705,000|
|Jorryt van Hoof||37,425,000||4,025,000|