Nine poker players from six countries have passed the biggest bubble in cards, making the World Series of Poker main event final table and earning a shot at $10 million in November.
Mark Newhouse had been here before, finishing ninth last year. And he carried the finalists across the threshold early Tuesday, into a four-month break to prepare to compete for millions.
Newhouse eliminated series veteran Luis Velador in 10th place early Tuesday, calling Velador's all-in raise behind two bettors for the last of Velador's chips. Velador held pocket fours, Newhouse turned over pocket fives and the community cards kept Newhouse ahead for the knockout.
The nine finalists will be paid more than $730,000 each later Tuesday. The final table starts Nov. 10.