LAS VEGAS -- Mark Newhouse had been among the short stacks for the past two days, but things change quickly in two hours of the WSOP main event. Newhouse doubled up three times during the second level of play on Monday and is seemingly in control of the feature table. The 2006 World Poker Tour Borgata main event champion got lucky on his first confrontation, hitting the river against Jay Farber. Holding A-2, Newhouse was down to his final out on a board of K-J-10-6 against Farber's 9-9. Drawing thin, Newhouse hit a queen and doubled to six million in chips.
Later in the level Newhouse was willing to risk his tournament life on a coin flip, and topped the one-time chip leader Anton Morgenstern with A-Q over 8-8. Up to 11 million, the two tangled again in the biggest pot of the tournament just minutes before the break.
Morgenstern opened to 325,000 and Newhouse called. The flop of A-A-2 brought a bet by Morgenstern and a call by Newhouse, building the pot to nearly two million. Morgenstern bet again (750,000) after the turn 3 and the fireworks began. Newhouse raised to two million, Morgenstern reraised to 3.9 million and Newhouse moved all-in for a total of 10.9 million. Morgenstern thought, then called confidently, flipping over A-J. Newhouse threw his 2-2 on the felt with a fist pump and watched as the dealer placed a four on the river, putting the Day 6 chip leader on the verge of elimination. Newhouse has 22 million in chips on the break.
Play was relatively slow during Level 32 and there were only two eliminations during the past two hours. One of them was WPT champion and one of the top young players in the game, Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Since his run on early Day 6, Timoshenko was unable to build and has blinded down slowly for the past four or five levels. On his final hand, Timoshenko moved all-in for his last 2.1 million with A-8 and was dominated by the A-J of Jan Nakladal. The board brought two jacks and Timoshenko was felted in 22nd place.
Brazilian Bruno Kawauti was responsible for the other knockout of Clement Tripodi (K-K>A-Q) in 23rd. Only 21 players remain in the main event with action continuing until the final table of nine is reached.
If the final table were set right now, the players who would make up the November Nine are:
1. Mark Newhouse (21.9 million in chips)
2. James Alexander (17.2 million)
3. Sylvain Loosli (16.9 million)
4. Marc McLaughlin (15.7 million)
5. Chris Lindh (14.5 million)
6. JC Tran (13.0 million)
7. Gabian Ortiz (12.4 million)
8. Matthew Reed (10.9 million)
9. Carlos Mortensen (9.2 million)
Blinds are now 100,000/200,000 with a 30,000 ante. There will be a re-draw of tables when 18 players remain.