Ryan Riess has claimed the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event for $8,361,570 after defeating Jay Farber in heads up play.
Becoming only the 45th world champion in WSOP history, the twenty-three-year-old Detroit native also collected the platinum bracelet worth a cool $500,000 and Poker immortality.
“I’ve been dreaming about this for a long time. Ever since I was 14 and saw (Chris) Moneymaker win it. I just had a great feeling about it” Riess ecstatically claimed following the career-defining victory.
For his efforts, Farber was awarded the world’s biggest runner’s-up check of $5,174,357.
Upon resumption of the final table, all focus was on chip leader JC Tran; beginning the day with huge gap between himself and second place, but was only able to manage fifth.
At the beginning of heads up play, Farber held a handy chip lead over Reiss of around 20 million. Through a great run of smart maneuvers and timeless play however, Reiss was able to quickly move his way to a commanding lead.
Upon reaching hand number 261; what would be the final hand of the WSOP Main Event, Farber went all in with Queen-Five on suit, against Reiss’s Ace-King, also on suit. Despite looking up against it immediately, Farber held two winnable cards and a solid chance of doubling up.
After a flop that turned up nothing for either player (JD, 10D, 4C), Farber was left needing a five to stay alive – and when the river and turn produced no such luck, Riess’s entourage stormed the floor and immediately surrounded the new champion.
Fighting his way out of the pack to congratulate Farber on a truly memorable heads up match, Riess shared his elation and possible future plans with the waiting media immediately after the table’s conclusion.
“I’m extremely excited. I’m excited for what the future hold” Reiss said.
“I don’t know about any 100k’s unless I sell action.
“There’s going to be people like Scott Seiver who say I suck. I obviously don’t care”.
In July, 6,352 players took their seats in the opening round of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event. Following seven grueling days and one memorable final table, Ryan Reiss has gone down in history as the 2013 World Series of Poker Champion.