WSOP 2013 Main Event November Niner Ryan Riess

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Ryan “Riess the Beast” Riess is an American professional poker player, and one of the elite few to reach the 2013 WSOP Main Event’s final table. While he is the youngest of this year’s infamous November Nine, his success on the live poker tournament circuit is substantial when considering the limited amount of time he’s had on the felt. With a current live tournament career total of $308,659 in his pocket, Riess is looking to up the ante with a guaranteed minimum win of $733,224, or as high as $8,359,531 for a gold bracelet victory. Either way, it will add up to the largest single-event cash of Riess’s infantile poker career. 

At just 23 years of age, Ryan Riess of East Lansing, Michigan has been playing poker professionally for the last two years now. However, the American pro got his start playing cards when he was just 14 years old. Since turning 21, he has had quite a successful career in WSOP Circuit Events, wrangling in four cashes already. Interestingly enough, his largest cash to date was his very first recorded live tournament win. It occurred at the WSOP Circuit Main Event of October 2012 when he helped to route a field of 1,523 all the way down to heads-up action between himself and fellow American poker pro, Josh Williams. Riess fell to the overpowering chip stack of Williams, earning $239,063 for the 2nd place finish. 

Since then, the graduate of Michigan State University has landed 17 more in-the-money prizes, mostly small-time rewards of 3- and 4-figure paychecks. Thus far, he has finished in the prize bubble of three 2013 WSOP events, including an 11th place finish in Event #30, NL Holdem, worth $20,015; twice the amount of money needed to enter the WSOP Main Event, in which he in assured to snag his 4th and largest cash to date. Riess also claimed $10k combined in 2013 WSOP Events #6 and #49, placing 110th and 130th respectively. 

Riess will go into the 2013 WSOP final table with the fifth largest chip stack of the November Nine, holding 25,875,000 chips at present; 12 million behind the current leader, JC Tran, with 38,000,000. While Riess is a devout fan of all professional sports teams based out of Detroit, he has quite the fan base of his own, according to the number of “Reiss the Beast” chants coming from the rails throughout the final stages of the Main Event leading up to the establishment of final nine.

The 2013 WSOP Main Event November Nine has shaped up as follows, listed by chip stacks:

  1. JC Tran –38,000,000
  2. Amir Lehavot –29,700,000
  3. Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – 26,525,000
  4. Jay Farber – 25,975,000
  5. Ryan Riess – 25,875,000
  6. Sylvain Loosli – 19,600,000
  7. Michiel Brummelhuis – 11,275,000
  8. Mark Newhouse – 7,350,000
  9. David Benefield – 6,375,000

And finally, the calculated payouts for the 2013 WSOP Main Event November Nine will be as follows:

  • 1st place: $8,359,531
  • 2nd place: $5,173,170
  • 3rd place: $3,727,023
  • 4th place: $2,791,983
  • 5th place: $2,106,526
  • 6th place: $1,600,792
  • 7th place: $1,225,224
  • 8th place: $944,593
  • 9th place: $733,224 

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