by Joseph Smith Sr.
WSOP Main Event player in the number eight spot on the chip list is Mark Newhouse whom will be occupying seat 3 of the final table at the upcoming November Nine showdown. Mark Newhouse is a poker professional from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The 28-year-old currently lives in Los Angeles where he splits his playing time between California and Las Vegas casinos.
Newhouse came onto the poker scene when he entered and won the 2006 WPT $9,700 buy-in Borgata Poker Open Championship Event.
The resultant winner’s share of $1,519,200 provided the inspiration and funding for his move across the country to Los Angeles and into residence at the Commerce Casino Hotel.
He told an interviewer that following the big win and coast-to-coast move he went into a ‘lose his mind’ and ‘set fire to most of the money’ phase. During the intervening years since the meltdown Newhouse has learned the disciplines required to live life in the fast lane of big stakes professional poker. He no longer succumbs to the temptations and mistakes that can and will destroy a promising career in professional poker.
Mark Newhouse has racked up winnings of $2 million plus in live action play. He prefers the high limit cash games played at the Commerce Casino and often spends time in Las Vegas playing nosebleed level poker in strip casinos. He has taken a seat and carried away cash from the fabled “Bobby’s Room” at The Bellagio casino located on the Las Vegas strip. For those living under a rock, Bobby’s Room is considered to be the pinnacle of poker and the home-room of poker’s royalty.
Playing under the online name of “newhizzle,” Newhouse has also had considerable success in the virtual poker rooms and his notable feats include a win in 2009 of a PokerStars Sunday Millions event and pocketed $245,897. At the final table he was the short stack with 4 players remaining before rocketing to the victory. He has consistently demonstrated his ability to survive the roller coaster of big time poker going from chip leader to short stack and back.
Newhouse has cashed in 5 World Series of Poker events and 1 WSOP Circuit event. His previous personal best Main Event finish was in 2011 when he was eliminated in 182nd place and took home $47,107. Continuing his ‘up and down’ journey through tournament fields saw him come into Day 6 of this year’s WSOP Main Event as the short stack among the 27 remaining players. Two levels into the Day 6 play he moved into the top spot on the chip leader board with T21,510,000. In true form he finished the day with T5,785,000 after some late bad luck draws.
Newhouse will spend the long break until the November Main Event final table relaxing and preparing to come into the final two days of play with a good attitude and a calm mental state. He has no plans to play much poker during the break, instead staying away from the game as he waits for his opportunity to be a part of poker history and the next world champion of poker.
Can Mark Newhouse once again come from behind and pass the field to take the championship? This year’s November Nine is loaded with players that have the proven ability and experience to play successfully at any level. There’s even a double WSOP bracelet winner, JC Tran, in the mix and he also comes into the card fray with a massive chip lead. Even though 7 players have more chips than Mark Newhouse, he’s my long shot pick to win the $8,359,531 slated for the winner of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event.