Mark Newhouse wins 2006 Borgata Poker Open

Mark Newhouse, a 21-year-old from North Carolina, became the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Poker Open champion Tuesday after conquering a field of 540 players to take home the title and more than $1.5 million.

Mark Newhouse was the chip leader going into a final table that included David Sklansky, Chris McCormack, Chris Bell, Blaise Ingoglia, and Anthony Argila. When it came down to heads-up play between him and McCormack, though, McCormack had the chip advantage and was the favorite to win it.

Newhouse battled his way back, doubling up his pot at one point to take over the chip lead, and then finished McCormack off with a full house.

For his win he not only earned $1.5 million, but also gains entry into the $25,000 buy-in WPT Championships.

The final table results were as follows:

1stMark Newhouse$1,519,020
2nd Chris McCormack $802,895
3rd David Sklansky $419,040
4th Anthony Argila $366,660
5th Chris Bell $314,280
6th Blaise Ingoglia $261,901

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