PokerWorks presents the starting line-up for the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, the final nine that survived a grueling 10-day trial of poker competition with a field of 6,352 hopefuls. Each member of the final nine will be profiled in the coming days — in no particular order of importance.
Mark Newhouse hails from Chapel Hill, N.C. — now residing in Low Angeles, California — and has invested the better part of a decade grinding poker. The World Series of Poker Main Event brought the 28-year-old poker pro to the table every year since 2006. His Main Event stats have only one cash prior to this one, 182nd in 2011 for $47,107. With a total of six WSOP cashes for $152,725, his guaranteed minimum payout of $733,224 at the November Nine final table will give his earnings a massive boost.
Newhouse took down the 2006 World Poker Tour $9,700 Borgata Poker Open and won $1,519,020. Featured in a PokerNews.com article, he has this to say about his choices with that money:
“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.”
Newhouse starts the November Nine final table as the second-shortest stack — 7.35 million — in Seat 3. He could be in for a rocky ride since four of the five biggest stacks are sitting directly to his left. With Sylvain Loosli and Michiel Brummelhuis, both holding fairly short stacks, he can expect his blinds to take heat from them.
Newhouse may be an underdog but he's put in a lot of hard work to get where he is and we all know the message behind "a chip and a chair." He's a young cash-game player with plenty of confidence, running in the same circles as Chino Rheem and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, which could make him a big crowd favorite or a turnoff in the eyes of some.
PokerNews.com's Sarah Grant has Newhouse's complete November Nine interview:
Our introduction to other featured November Nine players, to date: Sylvain Loosli. We have more on the way, be sure to check back.
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