by Joseph Smith Sr.
It's been a decade since we have had a player claim a seat at two consecutive World Series of Poker's Main Event final tables. The last time was in 2003 -- 2004 when poker professional and 1995 Main Event winner Dan Harrington did the back-to-back trick. A major difference is the event field sizes for the two repeats. Dan Harrington had to out last the two-year total of 3,410 entrants while Newhouse faced a combined total of 13,029 players. That's a five times larger field.
When Mark Newhouse made the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table he was included in the Poker Player Newspaper bio's we published for each of the November Nine players. Check out the 2013 November Nine Mark Newhouse bio by clicking this link to go directly to the archived Poker Player Newspaper article.
Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 29-year-old Mark Newhouse now calls Las Vegas home because it puts him in the midst of legal high-limit live poker in both Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area casinos.
Following the 2013 ninth place finish when Newhouse collected $733,224 his WSOP cash totals just over $900,000. This does not include the $730,725 ninth place money awarded to each of the 2014 final players. His career poker earnings total $2,776,172. He has cashed in eight previous WSOP events and has played the WSOP Main Event every year since 2006.
Newhouse is known for his roller coaster rides through poker tournaments and the 2014 WSOP was no exception. He entered 17 events prior to the 2014 WSOP Main Event and did not score a single cash until his deep run in the Championship Event. He began his Main Event journey in typical Newhouse fashion on Day 1C when he finished with slightly less than the T30K chips he had at the start. He then began his climb through the ranks and on Day 5 he finished atop the chip leader board. Day 6 was another day of loss; but, Day 7 he could see the seat at his second consecutive Main Event final table and was not to be denied. He finished the day third on the chip leader board with T26,000,000 and seat #4 at the 2014 WSOP Main Event in November.
Mark Newhouse has positioned himself to make a run at the Championship and providing the cards break even he can makes this happen. Don't be surprised if the man with the coveted, rare gold and diamond bracelet is non other than Last Year's ninth place finisher, Mark Newhouse. I picked him as the long-shot to win the 2013 contest and neither the cards nor the chips went in his favor. This year I'm picking him as the co-favorite, along with the player with all the chips Jorryt van Hoof, to win it all. Then next year he can come back and win again so he can join Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Stu Unger as back-to-back winners.