LAS VEGAS -- Mark Newhouse almost had one of the shortest November Nine experiences in history. On the fifth hand of the World Series of Poker's final table, Newhouse, the second-shortest stack at the table, moved all in over the top of Marc-Etienne's opening raise holding pocket queens. Unfortunately for Newhouse, McLaughlin called and showed pocked kings.
But there was a queen in the window on the flop, which put Newhouse in the lead in the hand and back in the tournament.
"I got lucky, but there really wasn't any other way that hand could go," said Newhouse.
The good luck was just a brief pardon, however, as Newhouse busted out of the tournament in ninth place, 31 hands later, when his pocket nines lost to Ryan Riess's ace-king when a king fell on the flop.
"I tried not to have great expectations," Newhouse said of his final table experience. "I just came in to play the best poker I could play."
With Newhouse's short stack (he entered play with less than 20 big blinds), he didn't have many options. He only played five hands and wasn't able to parlay his double up into a deeper run at the final table.
Home-game hotshot Aaron Todd has covered the gambling industry since 2006. While he is happy to play Texas Hold'em, he'd rather mix it up and play Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, and Badugi. Follow him on Twitter @CasinoCity_AT.