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.
The board runs out jack-high and @RyanRiess1 holds to become the 2013 WSOP Main Event World Champion, winning the bracelet and $8,361,570!— WSOP (@wsop) November 6, 2013
Riess was on a mission this night, and he took control early. He passed Farber in chip count and soon had a big lead.
After a big pot that got all the way to river w/ action on every street, @RyanRiess1 is your new chip leader w/ 112 mil.— WSOP (@wsop) November 6, 2013
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:
We have an all-in and a call on the KcQs5h flop. Riess holds Ks10h for top pair. Farber has Jc10s for a straight draw— WSOP (@wsop) November 6, 2013
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:
This quasi-live WSOP telecast is great TV. I'm riveted. Megatron Nowitzki just lost a ton of momentum. Could this go all night?— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 6, 2013
Unfortunately for Farber, it was too little, too late. Not that we should be feeling too badly for the Las Vegas resident:
And a big congratulations to Jay Farber, who finishes in second place, taking home $5,174,357— WSOP (@wsop) November 6, 2013
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:
Ryan Riess flops a king to eliminated Mark Newhouse in 9th place for $733,224.— WSOP (@wsop) November 5, 2013
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:
Farber turns a straight, which holds to eliminate Benefield in 8th place— WSOP (@wsop) November 5, 2013
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:
The aces hold and Michiel Brummelhuis is eliminated in 7th place, earning $1,225,356. Riess now out front w/ 55.8 mil— WSOP (@wsop) November 5, 2013
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:
At one point Amir Lehavot was the chip leader at this final table. He is now the short stack w/ 9.7 mil.— WSOP (@wsop) November 5, 2013
Here's the latest rundown of the chips: Riess - 68.2m Farber - 60.8m Tran -21.2m Loosli - 20.6m McLaughlin - 10.7m Lehavot - 9.3m— WSOP (@wsop) November 5, 2013
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.
Farber flops a pair of kings, which holds to knock start of day leader JC Tran out in 5th place ($2,106,893). Farber now over 100 mil.— WSOP (@wsop) November 5, 2013
Loosli's decision to go all in backfired, confirming a fourth-place finish.
Got another all-in and call, this time w/ Sylvain Loosli shoving w/ Qh7c and Ryan Riess calling w/ AcTh. Riess holds, Loosli takes 4th place— WSOP (@wsop) November 5, 2013
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.