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Ryan Riess Beats Jay Farber, Wins 2013 WSOP Main Event
Ryan Riess Beats Jay Farber, Wins 2013 WSOP Main Event

Ryan Riess Beats Jay Farber, Wins 2013 WSOP Main Event

By Arthur Crowson

In the end The Beast would not be denied.

Despite Jay Farber’s impressive comeback, Ryan Riess finally found the hand to knockout the Vegas local.

Although Farber won that massive pot with a flush, Riess battled back and eventually chipped Farber down to the 10-million mark.

In the final hand of the 2013 WSOP Main Event, Ryan Riess opened for 2.5 million and Farber shoved for his last 13 million.

Riess immediately called and gave the thumbs up to his friends and family when the cards were revealed:

Ryan Riess: A K

Jay Farber: Q 5

The flop came J T 4 and the numerous Riess fans in the building went absolutely crazy.

Riess could barely look as the dealer prepared to deal the turn. It came… 3.

Finally Riess was one card away from the Main Event title and the tension in the room was palpable.

The dealer peeled… 4!

Ryan Riess is the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion and the winner of $8.3 million.

Riess immediately collapsed as his fans rushed the stage. In winning Riess becomes one of the youngest champions and the only one born in the 90s. Not bad for someone who stated playing poker less than two years ago.

Meanwhile Jay Farber, who entered the final day of play as the chip leader, finished second but did pick up a $5.1 million consolidation prize.

Thanks for joining our coverage of the 2013 WSOP Main Event and congratulations to our brand new World Champion Ryan Riess.

Click through here for all the photo highlights from Ryan Riess's win and check back later tonight for video interviews with Riess and runner-up Jay Farber.

(Video) Talks to Riess and Parents

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Gilbert Arenas, 2014 PCA

Gilbert Arenas Plays High-Stakes Poker with Pros in Bahamas

By Arthur Crowson

Gilbert Arenas may or may not return to NBA but for the time being the former Golden State Warrior/Washington Wizard/Orlando Magic/Memphis Grizzly/Shanghai Shark is tossing around expensive poker chips at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas.

Arenas was a high-profile guest at the PCA cash games today and wagered thousands at a high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha table against pro poker players Jason Mercier and Scott Seiver.

We're not sure how Arenas fared in the game overall but in the time we watched he won a massive pot with a set of tens and then lost a big one to Mercier. Arenas scooped a huge pot against Seiver and then decided to cash out a large stack of chips - what looked to be around $30,000.

The man formally known as "Agent Zero" and "The Hibachi" wasn’t exactly intimidated at the table of hardened pros either. He was extremely active, joked with his tablemates liberally and played nearly every hand before the game finally broke and he headed out for dinner.

The former second-round draft pick has had a controversial career that's included bringing handguns into the locker room, playing online poker at halftime of games and a contract that was named one of the worst in NBA history.

After he was amnestied by the Magic Arenas' contract was even expanded so he'll be playing poker on the NBA's dime well into 2016.

Last month Arenas told TMZ he was training for a return to the NBA. Hit the jump for a collection of photos of Arenas in the Bahamas.

Update: Arenas took a seat in the 2014 PCA Main Event on Day 1a. We'll see if he can transfer his cash game chops to the big $10k tournament.

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