Day 7 of the 2014 WSOP has ended with predictions of mishap and miracles fully born out.
Mark Newhouse produced the miracle as he has become the first November Niner to make back to back final tables. In 2013, he came to the final table with the shortstack, and finished in ninth—this year he is third in chips with over 26 million.
His Day 1 prediction looks good so far:
Dan Harrington was the last player to make back to back final tables in 2003 and 2004. Fields of 839 and 2,576 made that one of the most impressive achievements in WSOP history. Newhouse has gone one better with field sizes of 6,683 this year and 6,352 in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Velador Took the Pain
For mishap, double bracelet winner Luis Velador felt the most pain. Not only did he bubble the final table by finishing in tenth, but he blew off over 20 million chips to do so.
The defining hand turned out to be a pre-flop all in when he tank called a 10 million chip shove from Andoni Larrabe while holding A-K in the blinds. Velador’s blockers didn’t block and he ran into the very top of Larrabe’s range—A-A.
He later shoved all his chips with 4-4 only to be called by Newhouse with 5-5. The board did not help and the November Nine was set.
Jorryt van Hoof ended the day as chip leader, with Norwegian Felix Stephensen in second. Stephensen’s victory tweet was succinct:
The 2014 November Nine seat positions and chip counts
|3||Jorryt van Hoof||Netherlands||38,375,000|
The other 18
The day started with 27 players, and early to the rail were some of the young internet guns. Scot “URnotINdanger2” Palmer and Brian “Flawless_Victory” Roberts started as shortstacks and couldn’t get the lucky double ups needed to get back into contention.
Bryan “Devo” Devonshire faded in 25th place and Dan “KingDan” Smith went out in 20th.
Andrey Zaichenko was the last Russian standing, until he was eliminated in 17th and Craig McCorkell was the final British hope—he busted in 13th.
The November Nine will reconvene to play down to the winner of the $10 million first place prize on November 10 and 11.