Poker: 23-year-old Ryan Reiss wins WSOP 2013, $8.4 million
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Poker!
LAS VEGAS — A 23-year-old poker professional from Las Vegas by way of Michigan won the World Series of Poker main event late Tuesday, lasting roughly 3½hours in a dramatic card session to push past his last opponent for the $8.4 million title.
Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session that proved a showcase for his skills amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold ‘em.
Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King.
Earlier, the men entered the 1,600-seat theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino off the Las Vegas Strip like prizefighters, with showgirls looking on and a UFC announcer introducing Riess as “Riess the beast” and Farber as “the panda”.
The prize they competed for — a sparkling bracelet as well as the $8.4 million in cash — sat between them on the table.
Riess, Farber and seven other finalists beat out a field of 6,352 entrants in the no-limit Texas Hold ‘em tournament in July. On Monday night, Riess eliminated four competitors with a sly, steady playing style, and Farber took out the other three with more straightforward, aggressive plays.
A VIP club promoter with heavily tattooed forearms and a bouncer’s build, Farber has said he considers poker a hobby. Some are calling him a new-age Chris Moneymaker, after the amateur who famously won poker’s richest tournament in 2004, catapulting the championship into the mainstream and convincing every computer nerd with a pair of mirrored sunglasses that he could take on the pros.
Farber adopted the panda as his symbol, settling a mini-stuffed animal on the green felt and bringing along a plush mascot who was kicked out for disorderly behavior Monday but returned with a bit less swagger Tuesday.
The 29-year-old had left the brightly lit stage in the wee hours of Tuesday morning vowing to spend the rest of the night clubbing in triumph.
Reiss, a native of East Lansing, Mich., kept a lower profile at the final table. The youngest of the nine finalists, with a boyish manner and a mop of strawberry blond hair, he attributed his survival Monday to lucky cards.
“Everything played pretty standard. No one had a huge blow-up and bluffed off their whole stack. Everyone was playing really solid and the cards ran my way today,” he said.
<Farber adopted the panda as his symbol, settling a mini-stuffed animal on the green felt and bringing along a plush mascot who was kicked out for disorderly behavior Monday but returned with a bit less swagger Tuesday.>
Is there something you're not telling us, Adam?
Heh heh. I wish I was as good a poker player as Farber!