Day 5 completed
Day 5 completed
At the conclusion of the longest day played yet in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, 79 players bagged up their chips and wrote down their names before marching out the doors of the Amazon Room. An extra hour was added to play to make up for the shortened Day 3 and Day 4, and it provided much added excitement.
The man at the top of the chip counts is a person who will be familiar to anyone who tuned in to the 2013 WSOP coverage; Mark Newhouse entered the November Nine last year with a short stack of 7.3 million, good for eighth place. Evidence of how dominant his Day 5 was, he actually has more chips now than he took into last year’s final table, with 7.4 million.
Perhaps having been there before has helped solidify in Newhouse the fearless mentality needed to conquer huge tournament fields, as his aggression was on display throughout the day, putting people to the test for stacks seemingly every time he played a pot. Known as "Newhizzle" in his online heyday, he has more than $2.7 million in live tournament cashes but is undoubtedly hungry to add $10 million to that after getting a small taste of the biggest stage in poker last year.
On the final break of the day, which occurred an hour before play ended, Remko Rinkema chatted with Newhouse about having the chip lead and comparing his run to last year:
Newhouse has plenty of tough company in the top 10. Players chasing him include 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).
Several other notable players didn’t crack the top 10, but still lurk with a bag of chips and a dream. That batch includes 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, meanwhile, outlasted every other woman who entered the tournament, and she will continue to Day 6 with a short stack of 435,000. Impressively, Ho pulled off the same feat in 2007, when she cashed 38th for $237,865. She’s an accomplished tournament player who has tallied more than $1.5 million in live winnings, but Day 6 will see the obstacles stacked high in her path.
Nevertheless, Ho is excited for things to come and talked with Rinkema on the chase to better her 38th-place finish from 2007:
A total of 291 runners entered the day with high hopes, but the majority of them left the arena with broken hearts and fatter wallets at some point during the 14-hour grind. One by one, 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), and Griffin Benger (90th) saw deep runs come to an end.
Dozens more will join them on the payout list on Sunday, as Day 6 will commence at 12 p.m. local time here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to deliver all of the action, so be sure to return and don’t miss a single key hand as the November Nine draws closer.
Michael Aron was all in and at risk on the last hand of the night against Andrey Zaichenko for what looked to be just over one million.
The board ran out , allowing Zaichenko to dramatically spike a jack on the turn and score the elimination. He will bag up 3.565 million in chips.
Shahen Martirosian opened from early position to 90,000 and was called by Oscar Kemps in the next seat, Ali Eslami on the button and Yorane Kerignard in the small blind.
The flop fell and Kerignard led 185,000, Martirosian raised to about 450,000, Kemps folded, Eslami called and Kerignard folded. The hit the turn and Martirosian shoved for about 1.01 million effective. Eslami tanked for about five minutes before he called all in with . Martirosian had him crushed with and held up through the river.
Marius Pospiech was faced with a raise from Daniel Wilson in the cutoff, and he moved all in for around 400,000. Wilson made the call.
Pospiech remained ahead on the flop (), and the turn (), but the spiked on the river to eliminate him just shy of Day 6.
The German commiserated briefly with his rail, then shook hands with Wilson, who was somewhat apologetic.
"No," Pospiech corrected him. "I was short."
From the cutoff seat, Chase Fredensburg raised all in for 565,000. Luis Velador made the call from the small blind, and everyone else got out of the way.
Fredensburg had the and was flipping for his tournament life with Velador's .
The board ran out , and Velador rivered a Broadway straight to send Fredensburg to the rail.
There was a flurry of action in the last hand of the night over at Table 378. It was there that Mikiyo Aoki, who finished runner-up in this year's Ladies Event, got her stack of 1.025 million all in preflop against Eddy Sabat, who had her covered by just 60,000.
Aoki, one of only two women remaining in the field, was in a bad spot and in desperate need of a ten. The flop didn't contain one, and the turn wasn't one either. Aoki had just two outs headed to the river, neither of which came as the blanked instead.
Aoki's elimination in 83rd place means that Maria Ho, who is sitting on a short stack, is the last woman standing. Ho was the last woman standing in the 2007 WSOP Main Event where she ultimately finished in 38th place. Only time will tell where she finishes in this tournament, but she has officially captured the "Last Woman Standing" title for the second time in the last eight Main Events.
Matthew Haugen, the start-of-day chip leader, was knocked all the way down to 130,000 in chips, but has since made a comeback to 775,000 thanks to another double up. This time Martin Jacobson was the player doubling up Haugen.
After Jacobson raised to 85,000 from the hijack seat, Haugen moved all in from the cutoff seat for 335,000. Play folded back to Jacobson, and he called with the . Haugen had the .
The flop, turn, and river ran out to give Haugen a full house.
Iaron Lightbourne raised to 80,000 in the cutoff, Christopher Shaw reraised all in from the big blind for about 1.3 million and Lightbourne called.
The board ran out , no help to Shaw, ending his Main Event.