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We're through to Day 2 at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe with two gold bracelet events ongoing. Tomorrow we'll be bringing you the full story on Jackie Glazier's victory in the Ladies Event but tonight we're checking in with two players who are part of the 2013 November Nine. Jay Farber and Ryan Riess will both be returning to Las Vegas to battle it out for over $8.3 million and the title of world champion, and they're both here in Paris fighting for even more WSOP cash.
Matt Showell: It's day two of WSOP Europe right here, in Paris. The second bracelet event is underway, and today we check in with the 2013, November Nine.
Every year, since 2008, the World Series of Poker main event plays down to a final table in July. Then it takes a couple months off before returning to Vegas in November to decide a champion. During those months, the final nine players are treated to sponsorship deals and worldwide poker travel. WSOP Europe is an obvious choice. And even though we're only two days in, we've already run into a couple of November Niners.
Jay Farber: It was definitely an eventful summer, and it's been good. The break's interesting. I probably would have rather just played through, but making the November Nine and this whole experience is just surreal, just incredible. I'm so happy to be fortunate enough to be where I'm at. Now that I've made it I definitely want to win. There's no question that I feel like second place would be a disappointment. I'm definitely keeping an eye on JC. Obviously, he's the chip leader, and he's the most accomplished player at the table. Amir is definitely somebody to watch out for, very, very, very good. Ryan Riess, definitely a guy I'm looking out for. And then, it just depends on, if David gets chips, he's going to be a force to be reckoned with. Anybody can double up and make a huge impact. Right now, just with where I'm sitting, I think I've got a very good spot to just move up and play it very comfortably for a while.
Matt Showell: We also had a chance to speak with Ryan Riess, the youngest player at November's final table. Riess has been playing poker since he was 14 years old, and he got his first live cash less than a year ago. Now he's got a chance at over $8 million and the title of World Champion.
Ryan Riess: Personally I would have rather played it out right afterward. I was in the zone, and I don't think I made a mistake, pretty much the entire tournament. I was just playing every hand perfectly. I still plan on doing that going back in November, but... Everybody at the table is very good. I think that Marc McLaughlin and Jason Mann are probably gonna give me the hardest time, because they're both to my left and they both have a lot of chips. David Benefield is obviously very good. If he gets a double up he may pose a lot of threats, but I think Marc McLaughlin and Jason Mann are gonna be the two toughest for me. I'm sure a lot of people are going to become more involved and watch more because I assume that I will be on ESPN a lot more, especially if everything goes as planned in November.