For anybody going into the WSOP Main Event, taking ninth place and grabbing a $733,224 prize sounds like a dream. But for a skilled poker pro who’s already went through all of the hoopla surrounding the November Nine, things can be a different story.
Mark Newhouse lived the ninth-place reality last year. Originally, the Chapel Hill, NC native didn’t think he’d have a problem being the first one off the 2013 Main Event final table. This was especially the case when you figure that he only had the eighth largest starting chip stack. But when it happened, Newhouse was rather devastated.
“I’m looking forward to not finishing ninth,” Newhouse joked with USA Today. “Ninth is brutal, man. Coming back four months later and getting no money. I told myself I wouldn’t be disappointed, and whatever happens happens, but it was very, very disappointing…Anything but ninth.”
As has often been discussed leading up to this point, Newhouse is back in the November Nine after making the 2014 WSOP Main Event final table. It seems like a near-impossible scenario, given that he had to run through fields of 6,352 players last year and 6,683 players this year. Nevertheless, Newhouse has completed the accomplishment and will be part of the 2014 November Nine when they meet on Nov. 10th and 11th.
Based on the health of his chip stack – currently ranked third with 26 million chips – and his final table experience, Newhouse has as good a shot as anybody of winning the $10 million first-place prize. So the ninth-place-aphobia that he’s currently feeling may be worth putting behind him now. Newhouse has a very legitimate chance to win, provided the cards aren’t unkind to him like we saw with JC Tran last year. And even if he doesn’t win, Newhouse will likely take down a giant payout worth between $1.6 million and $5.1 million.