Posts Tagged ‘2013 WSOP Main Event’

Forbes tabs Jay Farber as 2013’s Chris Moneymaker

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

The poker world has yet to find another Chris Moneymaker, who inspired a boom after winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event. And while it doesn’t look like a Moneymaker replica is coming any time soon, Forbes thinks that Jay Farber could come pretty close.

Forbes recently documented Farber’s rise from a Las Vegas VIP host to the runner-up in the 2013 WSOP Main Event. They described how a man with just $2,155 in poker winnings prior to the Main Event worked his way into a position where he could collect a $5,174,357 payout.

Thanks to his big finish and VIP host job, Farber has now been able to rub elbows with some big-time pros and increase his status in the poker world. “I’m lucky to have a lot of support from a number of pro players,” he told Forbes. “My lifestyle and my job has allowed me to meet and become friends with a number of great players, and they’ve been coaching me and offering advice.”

Some of the pros whom Farber is talking about include Ben Lamb, Shaun Deeb, Keith Ferrer and Brent Roberts. And it’s likely that the 29-year-old will continue befriending poker pros along the way.

Now, as Forbers wonders, the big question will be whether or not Jay Farber ingrains himself in the poker world. If so, maybe he can become the amateur to poker star that Moneymaker did a decade ago.

Of course, it won’t be nearly to the degree that Moneymaker inspired, when millions of people took up the game after seeing him win the ME. But based on his interesting day job and new-found poker success, Jay Farber could definitely be an inspiration to new players who are just starting out.

Amateur Jay Farber has shot at $8.36m Top 2013 WSOP ME Prize

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Out of the remaining nine players left in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, Jay Farber is by far the biggest amateur. The Las Vegas-based VIP host battled through a 6,358-player starting field to make the ballyhooed November Nine. When play resumes on November 4th, he’ll have a shot at the $8,359,531 first place prize.

It certainly wasn’t easy for Farber to get here though. He played 70 hours of poker in one week, including 16 hours on the day the Main Event final table was finalized. He also suffered a horrific bad beat at one point, making things seem grim for him and his entourage. He didn’t give up though and began winning back what he lost.

“I was just playing my style of poker and it seems to have been working out really well for me,” he said. Once the Main Event was whittled down to 10 players, he pushed even harder and picked up extra chips. Now he’s got the fourth largest chip stack out of the remaining nine grinders with 25,975,000.

After the win, Farber invited everyone to Rhinos (Spearmint Rhino), a gentlemen’s club that Farber works closely with during his full-time job as a VIP host. “When I moved out here, I didn’t have a gig lined up and all my friends were promoters and hosts,” Farber said. “I kind of asked them if they could get me a job and I fell into it.”

“Everybody that I’ve gotten to know from living here over the years came out to sweat me today,” Farber said. “It was so awesome. I’m so happy I can make it for them, even more than me.” Now Jay Farber will be hoping to parlay his great WSOP Main Event run into a multi-million dollar payout come November.

Mark Newhouse looking for Redemption at 2013 WSOP Main Event

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Eight years ago, Mark Newhouse was on the path to poker stardom. Three months after final tabling his first WSOP event, the 21-year-old went on to win the 2006 WPT Borgata Poker Open along with $1,519,020. With a bankroll worth well over a million dollars, Newhouse took his game to the L.A. Commerce Casino.

Newhouse’s plan was to spin his profits into an even larger bankroll through cash games at the Commerce. Unfortunately things didn’t work out quite as planned since the young grinder “lost his mind” and set his money “on fire.” As Newhouse attests to, he wasn’t very smart with his winnings and this cost him.

But the Chapel Hill, North Carolina native never gave up on poker. He’s continued to play professionally for the past decade through a mix of online games and traveling between L.A and Las Vegas. He’s sporadically played tournaments during this time as well and decided to enter the 2013 WSOP Main Event.

Throughout the 2013 ME, Newhouse looked like a determined man, never giving up on his bid for the final table. And Newhouse managed to do the unthinkable by battling through 6,358 players and into the November Nine. “I’m feeling great, it was a crazy day,” he said after making the final table. “Anyone who knows me and who plays poker with me on a regular basis knows I’m not a patient person, but there’s so much on the line, you just have to do it sometimes.”

With 7,350,000 chips, Newhouse’s odds of winning the 2013 Main Event aren’t the greatest. He’s miles away from chip leader J.C. Tran (38 million chips) and the second shortest overall stack at the final table. But win or lose, Newhouse has already accomplished quite a bit just by making it this far. And even if he busts out in ninth place, he’s still guaranteed a $733,224 payout.

Carlos Mortensen bubbles 2013 ME Final Table, Returns to Relevancy

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Throughout the 2000’s, Carlos Mortensen molded himself into one of poker’s biggest stars. From 2001-10, he won the 2001 WSOP Main Event, three WPT titles, and two WSOP gold bracelets. But as with most industries, you’re only as good as your last year in poker. And for Mortensen, last year was pretty bad.

The Spaniard managed just three small cashes for a total of $29,235. Now for an amateur who’s trying to carve out a poker career for them self, this isn’t too bad of a total. But for a guy who’s earned $11,469,512 over time, $29k for an entire year just isn’t going to cut it.

Up until this week, Mortensen wasn’t faring much better than last year. He’d earned $84,870, which is practically pocket change for somebody who’s made $1 million-plus in four different years. But “The Matador” changed everything after making a deep run in the 2013 WSOP Main Event.

Mortensen was one of the bigger chip stacks throughout the latter stages of the Main Event and even looked like he was a strong bet to make the final table. However, with 10 players remaining and blinds rising, his stack took a beating after he folded to several big raises from opponents.

Eventually, Mortensen became the short stack and needed a big hand badly. On a board of Tc-6c-3s-9c, J.C. Tran shoved and prompted Mortensen to call with his remaining 3.5 million chips. The latter flipped over Ac-9h for a pair and flush draw while Tran showed 8c-7s for a straight. Mortensen needed any club but a 7c to win with a flush. However, the river was a 2d, which sent The Matador out in 10th with a $573,204 payout.

It’s somewhat disappointing that a dynamic pro like Mortensen fell just short of the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table. However, it’s definitely nice to see him shake off a down past 18 months to grab a huge cash and jump back into the spotlight.