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Daily 3-Bet: Riess Boast, Matusow Toast, 5 Worst Hands
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a run of cards, a mic in your face and at last the chance to declare yourself the best in the afternoon poker news game.
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Ryan Riess declaring himself the best player in the world (no, really), Mike "The Mouth" Matusow quickly typoing him down to size and Aaron Jones rips apart the five worst played hands from the Main Event heads-up finale.
1) Ryan Riess: "I Just Think I'm the Best Player in the World"
You've just won the World Series of Poker Main Event - the greatest title in all of poker - for $8.3 million.
In fairly adept fashion, too. Never in much trouble. Holding the chip lead for most of the final table. Staying confident and sure you'd back up your prviously made guarantee(!) of winning the title.
You're allowed to be a little hyperbolic in assessing your abilities, no?
Confident and outspoken about his play throughout the tournament newly crowned World Champion Ryan Riess took it to the next level in his winner's interview with Kara Scott last night when he proclaimed "I just think I'm the best player in the world."
Needless to say, it inspired some thoughts from the poker pro world:
Gave the kid the benefit of the doubt until that interview during Sportscenter.— Eric Baldwin (@basebaldy) November 6, 2013
Far more disappointing than the performance is the lack of class.— Eric Baldwin (@basebaldy) November 6, 2013
Riess's "I'm the best in the world" is the quote any 23 year old who hadn't been hit hard by variance yet would have given. Give a lil slack— Eric Crain (@EricCrain) November 6, 2013
Genuine congrats to Reiss for winning it. I'm sure his comments were mostly a product of feeling his oats. Can't imagine how I would feel— Peter Jetten (@PeterJetten) November 6, 2013
That being said the "best in the world" claim is ridiculous because he is likely not top 500.— Peter Jetten (@PeterJetten) November 6, 2013
It's about time someone wins the main event and not only claims to be the best, but actually may think it. Confidence is everything guys!— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) November 6, 2013
That being said, claiming to be the "best in the world" after winning one tournament- ya, obviously not true. Gl to the kid in the 100ks! :)— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) November 6, 2013
Don't be so short sighted and offended by one kid "disrespecting" the game. I see positive in that his confidence will help grow poker!— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) November 6, 2013
so Ryan called himself the best in the world. Maybe im the only one, but im laughing it off and not offended at all. Who cares?— Christian Harder (@realcharder30) November 6, 2013
This is best part of poker tournaments. Ppls egos after they win. Gl playing cash games it will be a tough road ahead.— Jared Bleznick (@harrington25) November 6, 2013
2) Mike "The Mouth" Matusow: Congratulations to Ryan Rinse!
Thankfully Mike "The Mouth" Matusow is always on hand with his sauasge fingers and inattention to detail to cut Riess' ego down to size:
Congrats to Ryan rinse winning 2013 main event well played— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) November 6, 2013
Indeed. Good luck in those cash games, Mr. Rinse!
3) Aaron Jones: "Pretty Forgettable Performance" by Riess
Another way to get your ego cut down to size?
Have a veteran high-stakes pro with thousands of hours of coaching experience break down the five worst hands you just played in the Main Event.
A founder at Leggo Poker and member of Team Ivey, poker pro Aaron Jones whipped off some quick analysis of the five worst hands he saw played heads-up and his conclusions are, well, less than flattering - although he does give Riess credit for picking his spots well.
Sour grapes or fair comment? An excerpt:
"The 2012 Main Event Final Table featured some pretty stellar play and the best champion we've ever seen in Greg Merson, but everyone's #pokerisdead overreaction was turned upside-down after the play at the Final Table of this year's WSOP ME.
"I thought there were some gems (used sarcastically) at the entire Final Table..."