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World Series Of Poker Main Event: Mark Newhouse Says He'd Be 'Satisfied' With Another Ninth-Place

Poker Pro Looking To Make Back-To-Back-To-Back Final Tables

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On July 6th of last year, poker pro Mark Newhouse said on social media: “Just bought into the main event day 1c. Not f—king finishing 9th again.” He wound up doing just that, which while extremely disappointing was a remarkable feat of back-to-back November Nine final tables.

This year, he made no remark on Twitter about entering the main event. He said it wasn’t because he was worried about jinxing himself. In contrast to last year, Newhouse doesn’t really have winning the tournament on his mind. Perhaps that’s something that happens when you take a months-long break before the final table only to be the first one out in consecutive years. It can change the way you set goals for the tournament.

“I’ll be satisfied with ninth this year,” Newhouse said during a break in play.

Newhouse said he’s pretty much mentally over last year’s final table experience, which is important for being in the right state of mind to grind through a long day 1c.

“For me, the best strategy is to get through the day and play five levels of poker,” Newhouse said. “Eventually you get down there. You need to take it one day at a time.”

Newhouse admitted that day 1c is perhaps a bit more boring for him because the last two years he became used to reaching the last several blind levels. Going back to the very beginning of the event’s structure, the 50-100 level, can feel a bit frustrating.

As of around 5 p.m. local time in Las Vegas, registration was still open for day 1c. 741 players entered on day 1a and 1,716 on day 1b. Last year’s main event had 6,683 entries.

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2015 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.