WSOP 2013: Previewing Tuesday's Exciting Head-to-Head Final

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2013

David Williams and Greg Raymer in action during the final round of the 2004 World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe Club and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada May 28, 2004. (Photo by Steve Grayson/Getty Images)
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The 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table has reached its second and final day of action, and the focus on the one-on-one battle between American players Jay Farber and Ryan Riess has created a frenzy around the sport of poker.

If you love poker or the thrill of watching card games, this is a final-table showdown you can’t afford to miss. The final battle is for the $8,359,531 first-place purse (second place gets a cool $5,173,170, though).

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Where: Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino's Penn & Teller Theater, Las Vegas

When: Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 9 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Breaking Down the Main Event

This year’s WSOP Main Event Final Table lacks the elite names that casual fans have come to know and love, but these are the moments that create new legends.

With Farber and Riess as the final two combatants left in the competition (Farber has a chip count of 105 million heading into the final day and Riess has 85,675,000), this is shaping up to be one of the most interesting final matchups in poker history.

Add in the starting price of blinds at 500,000/1,000,000 and antes of 150,000, and there is no question that the action will pick up fast and will be intense. Both Farber and Riess have been very aggressive to get this far, but something will have to give Tuesday night.

These are two players that haven’t dealt with this much pressure in their career, and breaking down mentally is still a very real possibility. While neither has shown a sign of weakness to this point, the deciding factor will likely be an avoidable mental error.

Poker is the ultimate game of chicken, and one of the finalists will play the game and lose.

Riess has been very impressive in the 2013 tournament, but he hasn’t matched the pace and attitude of the more aggressive Farber. While it could be that aggressiveness that gets Farber eliminated, it could also be what overpowers the 23-year-old Riess.

No matter which player emerges victorious, the final table to decide the 2013 WSOP champion is going to be a wild finale.

Predicted Winner: Jay Farber