Crown Him, Ryan Riess Wins 2013 WSOP Main EventThursday, November 7th, 2013 by Ryan
The name Ryan Riess may not be the most well-know, yet at least, but he’s quickly making a name for himself. It took three and a half hours of play on Tuesday before we saw our eventual champion crowned at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, and it was none other than Riess, who was crouched by his rail with tears in his eyes. He had one card left, the river of the final hand, before he was a World Champion. He watched the video screen above him to see the final card fall, and you can bet that everyone on the rail behind him was feeling a similar emotion to Riess, but probably nowhere near the same level. On the final hand of the tournament, he had to dodge three outs for his opponent, and everyone was waiting to see if it would happen.
Surprisingly, Riess wasn’t the chip leader when the final day of action started, which was our heads up match between he and Jay Farber. Farber had the chip lead going into it, and was sitting with 105 million to the 85.675 million chips. We went through around an hour with chips not moving much, and the players pretty much just sitting where they were at. Riess gained a few chips here and there, but it was Farber’s lead to lose. After 40 minutes though, we saw a huge pot happen, and it was in favor of Riess. Farber min-bet pre-flop up to two million, and Riess re-raised to 5 million. Farber called, and the flop came down with Ac-8h-4d, and Riess bet another 5 million chips, leading to a call from Farber. The turn was a 7d, Riess checked, and Farber bet 8.2 million. Riess called nad the river was an As, which led to Riess betting out 15 million chips. Farber decided to lay it down, and this was a 51.7 million chip pot, giving Riess the chip lead with 112.125 million chips.
That wasn’t it for the chip swapping though, because ten minutes later Farber struck back. The same type of thing happened when he was able to force Riess to fold on the river, and it gave Farber the lead back, but it was much closer. The rankings showed Farber with 99.8 million, and Riess with 90.875 million. Riess raised pre in this hand, and Farber called. After that he check-called a bet from Riess, and on the turn Farber checked, leading to a 5 million chip bet frmo Riess. Farber then check-raised to 13.45 million, and Riess called. When the river came, Farber bet 24.5 million, and Riess thought for a long time before finally laying it down. After seeing the ESPN cameras on this hand, Riess had Q-7 on a 3-3-7-2-9 board, against the 6-5 that Farber was holding, for a total bluff.
And then guess what happened? Another chip lead swap, as Riess grabbed the lead and then pushed forward from there. Farber raised pre-flop on this hand to 2 million, and Riess re-raised to 5 million, leading to a four-bet to 8.8 million from Farber. Riess called, and the flop came with 8-4-3. Riess check-called a 6.7 million chip bet, and then check-called a turn bet as well of 13.6 million when a 2 came. When the river came with a 7 both checked, and Farber mucked after Riess showed pocket Jacks. This put Riess’ stack up to 134.375 million chips, far ahead of the 56.3 million of Farber.
Farber never was able to get the chips back, as Riess just kept going at it and chipping up slowly but surely. Riess was hitting hands too, which helped, but he was playing very well. We saw Farber move all-in for his last 11.9 million with J-10, and was dominated by the K-10 of Riess. The flop came with a K-5-Q, but when a 9 came on the turn, Farber was able to make a straight. Riess just simply shook it off and got back to work.
Farber did get his chip stack back up to 65.4 million at one point, but that was just about it, leaving with Riess holding a 2 to 1 chip lead over his opponent. That was it for Farber though, as Riess stepped up the pressure on his opponent, and just never backed down from that point forward. The final hand came right around 9:30pm EST when Farber had 14.2 million and moved all-in after a raise from Riess. Riess snap called the all-in, and turned over A-K of hearts. Farber showed Q-5 of spades, and had some work to do. The flop came with a 4-J-10, and the turn was a 3. This meant that he was three outs away, and when a 4 came on the river, that was it. The cheering section of Riess exploded, and is our new World Champion.