Last Year's November Niner Mark Newhouse Leads Main Event

2013 November Niner Mark Newhouse is once again shining in the main event as chip leader with just 79 players remaining

Mark Newhouse, the eighth place finisher in last years WSOP Main Event has catapulted to the chip lead at the conclusion of day 5 with just 79 or the original 6,683 entrants remaining.

If Newhouse can repeat last year's performace with such huge fields, it will be a remarkable achievement - and considering that with 7.4m chips already to his name he has already accumulated more than he had when he reached the final table last year (he entered as the short stack with 7.3m chips), it is a distinct possibility.

Yesterday's end of day chip leader, Matthew Haugen had a shocker of a day as his near 3m stack was whittled down to just 130k at one point, before he rallied late in the day, enjoying a couple of timely double ups. Firstly, his shove with 5 6 made a lucky straight on the river after he was called by Luis Velador's A 9, and just 15 minutes later his A K made a full house in a race with Martin Jacobson's pair of red 4's. Haugen managed to end with a respectable 760k, although this is still way below the 2.5m average.

Other big names who weren't able to keep their heads above water in day 5 include Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger, Brian "aba20" Townsend, Jeff Madsen and Jared "Harrington10" Bleznik.

Back at the top of the table there are some dangerous players keeping Newhouse company. Two years ago the day 5 chip leader was Kyle Keranen, and this year he is just one place behind Newhouse with 6.67m chips, with online phenom Scott "URnotINdanger2" Palmer in third with 6.595m, consistent seven figure tourney winner Dan Smith in 6th, and bracelet winner and a former 10th place finisher in the main event, Leif Force, in 10th

Other big names a little further down the pecking order include Craig McCorkill, Bryan Devonshire, Isaac "Mr. Menlo" Baron and Brian " $tinger 88" Hastings.

Special mention must go to Maria Ho, who has not only made her eighth WSOP cash of the series, but is also the last woman standing in the Main Event. However, she will do well to get any further as she ended the day 79th out of the 79 remaining players, packing up just 435k chips. With blinds at 20k/40k with a 5k ante, Ho will have her work cut out to climb much further up the money ladder.

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