The final table at the main event of the 2013 World Series of Poker got underway on Monday night at the Rio in Las Vegas.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 12:28 p.m. ET
23-year-old Ryan Riess is your 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet winner. He beat Jay Farber on Tuesday, as the pair concluded the final table festivities that began with nine men the night before.
Riess was on a mission this night, and he took control early. He passed Farber in chip count and soon had a big lead.
Riess was steadily taking control of the proceedings. The WSOP tweeted this 45-hand update:
The Detroit Lions felt no shame in taking credit for Riess' success:
However, Farber was not going to go quietly. He put up a valiant fight and began to close the gap:
ESPN's Bill Simmons was enjoying the broadcast and Farber's comeback. He brought up another athlete who may come to mind when looking at Riess:
Unfortunately for Farber, it was too little, too late. Not that we should be feeling too badly for the Las Vegas resident:
All nine who survived to play in November walked away with a nice payday, but only Riess gets to call himself world champion.
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Jay Farber currently leads the chip count and is well on his way to capturing the main prize, but he still has Ryan Riess for company. The pair are the last men standing and head into a second day of action after going the distance in the No-Limit Hold 'Em main event.
J.C. Tran, Amir Lehavot, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, Farber, Riess, Sylvain Loosli, Michiel Brummelhuis, Mark Newhouse and David Benefield made up this year's November Nine.
The stakes are high for these fortunate nine:
While playing for over $8 million can put a little pressure on a card game, these guys can all feel content in the knowledge they will be handsomely rewarded. Even Mark Newhouse, who was the first to be eliminated, walked away with a sexy payday:
The journey to crown a new main event champion began back in July, with 6,352 players plunking down the required $10,000 entry fee.
Tran started off the final table as the chip leader, with Benefield owning the short stack.
As you can see with Newhouse's elimination, the leader board quickly began to change. These guys were not intimidated by the setting. There were some big laydowns early.
Newhouse won an all-in hand before being eliminated. Also, Benefield climbed out of the basement even before Newhouse's elimination.
Benefield was the next to go, as Farber turned a straight to finish Benefield's journey in the tournament:
Brummelhuis was the next to go, which trimmed the field to just six men in pursuit of the over $59 million remaining in the prize pool:
It did not take long for Riess to extend his lead from there, and the fluctuations over the course of the final table show just how highly contested the event truly was:
It was time for Farber to assert his dominance, eliminating McLaughlin for a major payout. This prompted a change in the chip leader, with Farber sitting at $94.5 million out in front.
J.C. Tran was the next to drop, with Farber extending his personal haul beyond the $100 million mark.
Loosli's decision to go all in backfired, confirming a fourth-place finish.
The final person to fall on Monday was Lehavot, whose pair of sevens failed to hold up. He departed with $3,727,823 from the prize pot, leaving Farber and Riess to battle it out for victory.
Play closed with Farber at the summit.