His odds of making back-to-back final tables was 524,558-1, but that’s just what Mark Newhouse did when he became the first player ever to make the November Nine twice (2013 and 2014). Most everyone agrees Newhouse’s appearance at the final table ranked as the biggest storyline heading into the 2014 November Nine, especially since he sits third in chips and is primed to improve upon his ninth-place finish in 2013. Unfortunately that didn't happen as a bad run of cards and an ill-timed bluff saw him once again fall in ninth place for $730,725.
Originally from Chapel Hill, NC, Newhouse now splits his time between Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV playing primarily cash games. A former student at Appalachian State, Newhouse is now a professional poker player who has been playing in the WSOP Main Event every year since 2006. While he’s been successful in 2013 and 2014, it wasn’t always that way; in fact, in his first five years all he managed was a 182nd-place finish in 2011 for $47,107.
Newhouse first came to poker prominence when he earned over $1.5 million for winning the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in September 2009, but admitted that he wasn't the smartest person with his money following the big win, as you can see from what he told PokerNews in a Where Are They Now? interview.
"I made a lot of very poor decisions over the next couple of years," Newhouse said. “I have made nearly every mistake you can make in this business and learned from all of them. I am doing my best to do the right things these days and things are going pretty well for me now. The road to rebuilding is a much longer and slower one than the road of destruction, but with a healthy lifestyle, a hard work ethic, a little discipline, and the experience of past mistakes my goals don't seem all that far away.”
Newhouse clearly rebounded in a big way in 2013 and 2014 and now finds himself in the exclusive company of Dan Harrington, Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, and Stu Ungar as some of the players who’ve made back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables.