Huge Win For Hughes - Ryan Hughes wins Event 20

Ryan Hughes is the Studliest
Ryan Hughes, voted studliest man, Event 20, Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better, 2007 WSOP

Ryan Hughes, a decidedly low-key player, won Event 20 in a very high profile fashion. After busting out big name player Greg "The Fossilman" Raymer, Hughes would go on to beat Min Lee in heads-up play by hitting quad 10s. It was an exciting end to a game that Hughes admits he doesn't even know very well. caught up with Hughes for quick interview right after his win.

How are you feeling right now?

Pretty good.

Is seven-card stud hi/lo eight-or-better your preferred game?

No I never play stud eight-or-better.

Why did you decide to play this event?

Well I play a lot of Omaha Hi/Lo, which is a really similar game. I guess I just felt like playing in it so I bought in.

Ryan Hughes

What's your poker background?

I've been playing for five years straight, almost every day. I either play online or travel to tournaments.

Are you a professional?


Is this the highest you've ever placed?

I actually have like five or six first place finishes but most of them are in L.A. I've never won first place at the WSOP, obviously.

What did you think of your competition at the final table?

I'm not a great judge of how good someone is at stud eight-or-better because I don't play it. I got the cards so it didn't matter.

Greg Raymer

What did you think of Greg Raymer, was he the best player at the table?

I thought he was a tough player. I had to get lucky a couple times to knock him out. It's possible that he was the best player at that table at that game.

Will you be playing in more events at the WSOP?

Yeah I'm definitely going to be playing a few more events.

How about the Main Event?



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Ryan Hughes was a powerhouse at the Event 20 final table and it wasn't even a game he considered himself especially good at. Don't be surprised if we see a lot more from Hughes this summer especially in Omaha games. Congratulations on your big win, Ryan.

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