$10,000 Main Event – 2013 World Series of Poker

Ryan Riess Beats Jay Farber, Wins 2013 WSOP Main Event

21:39, 5 November 2013, published 6 years ago

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.

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Farber Flushes Riess in Massive Hand

21:04, 5 November 2013, published 6 years ago

Jay Farber
Farber flush.

Jay Farber just won a huge pot in a hand that maybe remembered as the turning point for this heads-up match.

Farber opened for 2.5 million and Ryan Riess called.

The flop came K♣ 3♠ 2♣ and Riess checked but Farber bet out 2 million. Riess called and the turn came 9♦. Once again Riess checked but Farber bet 6 million.

Riess called and the river finished with the 3♣. Riess checked on last time but Farber threw 13 million into the pot.

This sent Riess deep into the tank and after thinking or several minutes he made a crying call only to have Farber show 9♣ 7♣ for the flush.

It’s once again anyone’s game with Farber drawing ever closer to Riess.

Riess – 125m
Farber – 65m

Farber Scores Much Needed Double

20:28, 5 November 2013, published 6 years ago

Jay Farber has been bleeding chips for the last 30 minutes of play and finally got a much-needed double up.

Jay Farber & Panda
Panda is back!

Ryan Riess bet 2 million and Farber called.

The flop came K♣ Q♠ 5♥ and Farber checked but Riess threw 9 million into the pot. Farber only had about 12 million behind and decided to ship it all in the middle.

Riess snap-called and tabled K♠ T♥, which was ahead of Farber’s J♣ T♠.

The Riess crew worked themselves into a frenzy hoping the Beast’s hand would hold.

Instead the dealer peeled the 9♥ on the turn and it was the Farber fans who were celebrating. A meaningless queen on the river meant Farber had secured a double up.

Here are the chip counts after the hand:

  • Riess – 162 million
  • Farber – 28 million

Riess Storms Back with Jacks

19:37, 5 November 2013, published 6 years ago

It’s safe to say Ryan Riess has recovered from that massive laydown he made against Jay Farber.

Ryan Riess
Jack attack!

Farber opened for 2 million and Riess re-popped it to 5 million. Farber wasn’t done with the hand and he re-raised to 8 million.

The flop came 8♦ 4♠ 3♣ and Riess checked. Farber put out a bet of 6.7 million, which Riess opted to call.

The turn came 2♥ and Riess checked again but Farber bet 13.6 million.

The board finished with the 7♠ on the river and Riess checked yet again. Farber decided to finally give up and checked behind.

Riess flipped over pocket jacks and Farber immediately mucked. Riess scooped the enormous pot and is now the massive chip leader. Here’s how it looks after the dust settled:

  • Riess – 130 million
  • Farber – 60 million

Farber Pulls Even with Riess in Massive Pot

19:14, 5 November 2013, published 6 years ago

Jay Farber just took down a massive pot to pull back to near even in this heads-up match, and he didn't even have to show down a hand to do it.

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Farber showing he's not afraid to put chips in the pot.

It began with Riess on the button and Farber in the small blind. Riess opened to 2.5 million and Farber called before the flop rolled out 7♣ 3♠ 3♥. Farber checked and Riess bet 3 million.

Farber made the call and the turn brought the 7♣. Farber checked again and Riess bet 5 million. After a short dwell Farber raised to 13.45 million. Riess made the call to the applause of his cheering section.

The river brought the 9♠ and after a check from Riess, Farber slid 24.5 million across the line.

Riess tanked for a long time as shouts from the audience echoed through the theater. After a few minutes and a lot of chip-counting Riess let it go and surrendered the nearly 60-million chip pot.

After that hand Riess and Farber were both around 95 million.

Riess Scoops Massive Pot, Takes Chip Lead

18:52, 5 November 2013, published 6 years ago

Ryan Riess has successfully stolen the chip lead from Jay Farber.

Ryan Riess
The king is dead. Long live the king!

Farber opened for 2 million and Riess raised to 5 million. Farber thought for a minute and then made the call.

The flop came A♣ 8♥ 4♦, which prompted a bet of 5 million from Riess. Farber decided to call to see a turn of 7♦.

This time Riess checked but Farber woke up and decided to pile 8.2 million into the pot.

Riess called and the river fell A♠, which got the crowd buzzing.

Riess went for a beastly bet of 15 million, which sent Farber into the tank. Eventually the VIP host folded and for the first time of the night Riess has the chip lead.

  • Riess – 112 million
  • Farber – 78 million

Heads-Up Action for WSOP World Championship Starts Now!

17:53, 5 November 2013, published 6 years ago

The biggest heads-up match of the year starts in just a few minutes and PokerListings.com is on location to bring you all the action.

Final Table WSOP 2013
It's all happening in Las Vegas.

Local Las Vegas amateur Jay Farber is leading young gun professional Ryan Riess with over $8.3 million and the title of world champion on the line.

It's safe to say things are going to get crazy.

If you're just joining us get up to speed with full live updates from the final table yesterday and to get to know the final two players a bit better check out the interviews we shot with them late last night.

Right now Antonio Esfandiari, Norman Chad and Lon McEachern are introducing our two competitors and after Riess and Farber make their grand entrance we'll have cards in the air.

Here are the chip counts as we get things started. Blinds are 500,000/1,000,000 with a 150,000 ante

  • Jay Farber – 105,000,000
  • Ryan Riess – 85,775,000

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