A gutsy play or massive mistake. Professional poker players and the viewing public will likely be debating the extraordinary 9th place bustout of Mark Newhouse from the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event for quite some time.
Of course, the finish doesn’t diminish the massive accomplishment of Mark Newhouse, the first player to make back to back WSOP final tables in the November Nine era, but it must be noted that if there was one thing that Newhouse was adamant about it was that above all, he didn’t want to finish 9th again.
After the river double paired the board, it looked like Newhouse turned his pocket tens into a bluff in an attempt to take down what had amounted to a massive pot (roughly $22M before the shove). William Tonking, holding pocket Queens, couldn’t resist the price of the call (as he had Newhouse covered) and gave the poker world the biggest case of deja vu they’d ever had as they watched Newhouse, once again, finish the WSOP Main Event in 9th place in heartbreaking fashion.
The initial reactions found many on the rail feeling for the plight of Newhouse.
But some took the opportunity to also critique the hand.
No matter how history looks back on the pair of 9th place finishes, it will always remember Newhouse as having accomplished a feat that we may never see again.
Newhouse after the fall
Not the story poker fans expected. Mark Newhouse out in 9th place. He’s with friends and just ready to move on…