LAS VEGAS - A 23-year-old poker professional from Las Vegas by way of Michigan has won the World Series of Poker main event, lasting roughly 3 1/2 hours in a dramatic card session to push past his last opponent for the $8.4 million title.
Ryan Riess, a former poker dealer and Michigan State University student, emerged with the title late Tuesday after a session that proved a showcase for his skills amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold `em.
Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS MY FRIENDS— Ryan Riess (@RyanRiess1) November 6, 2013
"I've been dreaming about it for a long time, ever since I was 14 and saw [Chris] Moneymaker win it," Riess told WSOP.com shortly after his victory.
According to the WSOP, the Main Event is the biggest tournament of the year. This year it drew 6,352 participants from 83 different countries, generating a prize pool of $59,714,169. Each participant put up $10,000 with the hopes of winning the biggest title in the game.
Here are the final table results from the 2013 WSOP Main Event:
1st: Ryan Riess - USA - $8,361,570
2nd: Jay Farber - USA - $5,174,357
3rd: Amir Lehavot – Israel - $3,727,823
4th: Sylvain Loosli – France - $2,792,533
5th: JC Tran – USA - $2,792,533
6th: Marc-Etienne McLaughlin - $2,106,893
7th: Michiel Brummelhuis – Netherlands - $1,225,356
8th: David Benefield – USA - $944,650
9th: Mark Newhouse – USA - $733,224