It's official. Ryan Riess is your 2013 WSOP Main Event Champion, picking up $8,361,570.
The 23-year-old poker pro from Waterford, MI might forever be known as "Riess the Beast" after a tour de force performance in this year's November Nine. Just one year removed from playing his first live tournament at the Horseshoe Hammond Circuit Main Event, Riess is now a bracelet winner, a World Champion, and 10th on the WOSP all-time money list.
Sporting a Detroit Lions jersey with the number of his favorite player, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Riess prevailed over a final table line-up that included two WSOP gold bracelet winners, Amir Lehavot and JC Tran, as well as a wide range of accomplished players representing five different countries. Moreover, he topped a field of 6,352 players who ponied up the $10,000 entry fee to play in what was the eighth-largest tournament in poker history. Over the course of 261 hands, Riess played his way to victory at this year's November Nine final table, defeating Vegas-based VIP nightclub host Jay Farber heads-up for the title, bringing this year's Main Event to an emphatic conclusion.