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Van Hoof, Newhouse Lead $10m Chase as WSOP Main Event Resumes
The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event resumes tonight after a four-month layoff with nine anxious players looking to make the score of their career.
Exactly how big could that score be?
A guaranteed $10 million and a place in the history books as the 45th WSOP World Champion.
Leading the favorites in the remaining group of nine are two calm and experienced poker professionals in the Netherlands' Jorryt Van Hoof and back-to-back final tablist Mark Newhouse, but as we've seen many times before, it's still anyone's game.
$10m Guarantee Biggest Since 2006
Behind the obvious difference of nine different players at the table - or, actually, eight different players - the top prize on the line over the next two days is a guaranteed $10m -- the biggest since 2006.
The reason why there's just eight different players at the table compared to last year is also one of its most compelling stories.
Mark Newhouse ran the gauntlet of 6,800+ players for the second year in a row to make back-to-back Main Event final tables in 2013 and 2014.
It's one of the greatest feats in modern poker and Newhouse will be intent on erasing the demons of 2013 when he was eliminated ninth.
He'll come in with 26 million in chips -- good enough for third overall - but most importantly the irreplaceable experience of having been there before.
Van Hoof, on the other hand, will experience it for the first time although with millions of poker hands under his belt and the chip lead, he's still considered one of the favorites.
Veteran pros Felix Stephensen, Dan Sindelar, William Tonking and Martin Jacobson also bring an elite pedigree to the table and could easily be last man standing too.
A trio of underdogs in Brazilian Bruno Politano, 22-year-old Andoni Larrabe and foosball world champion Billy Pappas round out an eclectic group all looking to make history.
Action begins at 5 pm PT, Champion Crowned Tuesday on ESPN
Play will pick up where they left off in July starting today at the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Playdown will continue tonight until just two players are left. They'll then return on Tuesday for the final heads-up match to declare the champion.
ESPN will broadcast the entire final table live (on a 30-minute delay) starting today at 5 pm PT and resuming Tuesday at 6 pm.
If you're not in the US, here's where you can watch it.
PokerListings.com is also on hand to provide up-to-the-minute reports live from the madhouse at the Rio. Look for our full coverage on our WSOP Main Event Live Updates page.
Stayed tuned until a new World Champion of Poker is crowned tomorrow night! Preview below: