Chips are bagged and names recorded at the end of the longest day played so far in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event — 79 players remain. Days 3 and 4 were shortened and to make up for lost time an extra hour was added to Day 5.
Mark Newhouse ended the day with the most chips — he has more chips now than he did when he took his seat in the November Nine last year. Last year he started play with 7.3 million; he has 7.4 million going into Day 6. He has to survive 70 players to make it to the November Nine. Newhouse was known as "Newhizzle" back when online poker was his stomping grounds. He has $2.7 million in live tournament cashes to his credit but we can almost feel the anticipation and excitement he's going through now after being in the spotlight at last year's final table.
During today's final break Remko Rinkema talked to Newhouse on the chip lead and last year's run:
Newhouse has his work cut out for him is he's going to sit with the November Nine in 2014. In the top 10 alone he's got to maneuver through Kyle Keranen (6.67 million), Scott Palmer (6.595 million), Bruno Politano (5.475 million), Dan Smith (5.36 million), Dan Sindelar (5.24 million), Tony Ruberto (5.235 million), Iaron Lightbourne (4.975 million), Leif Force (4.745 million), and Craig McCorkell (4.355 million) and survive.
There are other notable players that are ready to speed past Newhouse if the opportunity arises, including Martin Jacobson (3.925 million), Bryan Devonshire (3.83 million), Andrey Zaichenko (3.565 million), Matt Waxman (3.125 million), Isaac Baron (3 million), and Brian Hastings (2.945 million).
Maria Ho is short stacked starting Day 6 — 435,000. The last woman in the field may have the least chips but in 2007 she cashed in 38th for $237,865. She has more than $1.5 million in live winnings and the poker world (and the rest of humanity) need a woman to take down the Main Event of the World Series of Poker! Go Maria Ho!
Ho also chatted with Rinkema on her run to bust her 2007 main event record:
Day 5 started with 291 players but the 14-hour grind took its toll as deep runs came to an end for Mike Sowers (286th), John Monnette (272nd), last year’s bubble boy Farzad Bonyadi (238th), Jared Bleznick (217th), Kevin Eyster (204th), Jeff Madsen (188th), Brian Townsend (170th), Byron Kaverman (123rd), Jonathan Aguiar (105th), Mukul Pahuja (101st), Griffin Benger (90th), and many others that had to settle for the cashier cage and the long wait for the 2015 WSOP main event.
Day 6 starts Sunday at 12 p.m. PDT at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The full list of end-of-day chip counts can be found here.
Be sure to tune into PokerNews Live Reporting to see if Ho can vanquish the fields and make the November Nine. We will.
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