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Newhouse among standouts left with WSOP Main Event down to 27 players

Four bracelet winners alive in poker’s world championship


Steve Marcus

Mark Newhouse, left, 28, of Los Angeles shakes hands with Ryan Riess, 23, of Las Vegas after Riess knocked him out of the final table of the World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament at the Rio on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

2014 WSOP Main Event final table payouts

  • 1st: $10,000,000
  • 2nd: $5,145,968
  • 3rd: $3,806,402
  • 4th: $2,848,833
  • 5th: $2,143,174
  • 6th: $1,622,080
  • 7th: $1,235,862
  • 8th: $947,077
  • 9th: $730,725

Last 10 Main Event champions

  • 2013: Ryan Riess ($8,361,570)
  • 2012: Greg Merson ($8,531,853)
  • 2011: Pius Heinz ($8,715,638)
  • 2010: Jonathan Duhamel ($8,944,310)
  • 2009: Joe Cada ($8,547,042)
  • 2008: Peter Eastgate ($9,152,416)
  • 2007: Jerry Yang ($8,250,000)
  • 2006: Jamie Gold ($12,000,000)
  • 2005: Joe Hachem ($7,500,000)
  • 2004: Greg Raymer ($5,000,000)

Note: Find full chip counts and bios of the final 27 players at the bottom of the page.

Ninth is one of the cruelest places to finish in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Everyone who advances to the final table of the $10,000 buy-in event in July at the Rio receives ninth-place money and begins dreaming of possibly winning millions more for four months until they all reconvene. The first player to bust out of the “November Nine” winds up the only one who doesn’t add to their earnings.

Mark Newhouse is all too familiar with the disappointment after flaming out in ninth during last year’s Main Event. He was motivated not to let the unfortunate ouster persist as his legacy in poker’s world championship.

For the second straight year, Newhouse is among 27 players advancing to the summer’s final day of the Main Event. The 29-year-old Los Angeles professional sits with 6.8 million chips, 1.1 million more than he did going into Day 7 of the Main Event a year ago.

The players remaining are guaranteed a minimum $286,900 payout with $10 million reserved for the winner.

All the former champions might have been gone before the end of Day 4 with several superstars bowing out even earlier, but some recognizable faces remain in the chase for the November Nine. Play will continue at the Rio starting at Noon today until 18 eliminations have occurred to reach the final table.

Joining Newhouse among the final three tables are four WSOP bracelet holders, including two-time winner Luis Velador and 2014 victor Sean Dempsey.

The No. 2 player in the world according to Global Poker Index, local pro Dan Smith, ranks seventh in chips. The chip leader is Martin Jacobson, the second-winningest Swede in poker history who advanced to one of the WSOP’s most prestigious final tables last summer.

Local pro Bryan Devonshire didn’t quite go back-to-back like Newhouse, but he’s making his second Day 7 appearance in four years. Devonshire finished in 12th for $607,882 in the 2011 Main Event.

Interestingly, the previous year’s ninth-place finisher also advanced this far in 2013. Steven Gee went out in ninth at the 2012 final table before reaching Day 7 a year ago and exiting in 24th.

That won’t work for Newhouse, who’s looking for nothing less than becoming the first player to make two “November Nine” final tables since the format began in 2008. Newhouse could also break a decade-long drought of any player making consecutive Main Event final tables as 1995 champion Dan Harrington was the last to pull it off in 2003 and 2004.

Find out exactly where the Main Event stands below.

Martin Jacobson (22,335,000 chips)

From: Stockholm, Sweden

Career WSOP earnings: $1,204,983

Luis Velador (16,600,000 chips)

From: Corona, Calif.

Career WSOP earnings: $942,222 (2 bracelets)

Dan Sindelar (16,345,000 chips)

From: Las Vegas

Career WSOP earnings: $227,791

Andoni Larrabe (15,280,000chips)

From: Spain

Career WSOP earnings: $20,068

William Pappaconstantinou (14,640,000 chips)

From: Dracut, Mass.

Career WSOP earnings: $0

Bruno Politano (11,625,000 chips)

From: Sao Paolo, Brazil

Career WSOP earnings: $22,696

Dan Smith (10,335,000 chips)

From: Las Vegas

Career WSOP earnings: $663,787

Craig McCorkell (8,765,000 chips)

From: West Sussex, England

Career WSOP earnings: $469,215 (1 WSOP bracelet)

Felix Stephensen (7,740,000 chips)

From: Norway

Career WSOP earnings: $0

Andrey Zaichenko (7,335,000 chips)

From: Moscow

Career WSOP earnings: $652,577

Mark Newhouse (6,820,000 chips)

From: Los Angeles

Career WSOP earnings: $906,093

Thomas Sarra Jr. (6,510,000 chips)

From: Girard, Ohio

Career WSOP earnings: $0

William Tonking (5,870,000 chips)

From: Flemington, N.J.

Career WSOP earnings: $13,667

Bryan Devonshire (5,765 chips)

From: Las Vegas

Career WSOP earnings: $924,334

Jorryt van Hoof (5,395,000 chips)

From: Eindhoven, Netherlands

Career WSOP earnings: $27,956

Eddy Sabat (4,670,000 chips)

From: Lancaster, Calif.

Career WSOP earnings: $723,622

Kyle Keranen (4,465,000 chips)

From: Las Vegas

Career WSOP earnings: $210,310

Leif Force (4,035,000 chips)

From: Tallahassee, Fla.

Career WSOP earnings: $1,599,609 (1 bracelet)

Christopher Greaves (3,935,000 chips)

From: Zionsville, Ind.

Career WSOP earnings: $0

Maximilian Senft (3,920,000 chips)

From: Austria

Career WSOP earnings: $3,460

Oscar Kemps (3,910,000 chips)

From: Wenduine, Belgium

Career WSOP earnings: $44,655

Iaron Lightbourne (3,875,000 chips)

From: London

Career WSOP earnings: $0

Sean Dempsey (3,145,000 chips)

From: Las Vegas

Career WSOP earnings: $692,066 (1 bracelet)

Yorane Kerignard (2,885,000 chips)

From: Liverpool, N.Y.

Career WSOP earnings: $26,185

Scott Mahin (1,460,000 chips)

From: Elk Point, S.D.

Career WSOP earnings: $0

Brian Roberts (1,365,000 chips)

From: Houston

Career WSOP earnings: $50,448

Scott Palmer (760,000 chips)

From: Odenton, Md.

Career WSOP earnings: $6,599

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