PokerWorks presents the starting line-up for the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, the final nine that survived a grueling 10-day trial of poker competition with a field of 6,352 hopefuls. Each member of the final nine will be profiled in the coming days — in no particular order of importance.
Ryan Riess is a Las Vegas resident that originally lived in East Lansing, Michigan, and graduated with a business degree from Michigan State University. The 23-year-old holds Seat 4 when the November Nine kicks off. Riess started his poker playing career on the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit and hit the poker news scene with a huge splash when he finished in second place to Josh Williams in the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond $1,675 Main Event scoring a $239,063 payday.
Riess is the youngest player at the final table but has the experience of nine more cashes on last season's Circuit with three of those coming from three final tables — his WSOP-C earnings add up to $266,349. This year's WSOP poker festival found Riess in competition for the first time and along with his final table feat in the Main Event, he had a 110th-place finish in Event #6 $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $7,278; 11th in Event #30 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $20,015; and 139th in Event #49 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $3,276.
Riess' seat draw for the final table puts him in a bit of a hard spot. He will start fifth in chip position but the three players holding bigger chips stacks only have roughly 4 million more than he does and those three bigger stacks are on his left. On his right are three players with less chips which could put the 'shove' into their game and punish him if he limps or is fishing for a pot with a less than premium hand.
Riess can play though and he's not likely to buckle under pressure. His Main Event Day 1a ended with 72,250 chips and Day 2a ended with only 3,150 more chips than the previous day. He managed to move through the next few days without any major mishaps but he was among the bottom third of the final 27 for quite some time. By the end of Day 7 the cream rose to the top and Riess had seven times more chips than his start for the day.
Riess could be a crowd favorite in November Nine because he appears to be shy and a bit quiet which conceals his player skills and dorsal fin in a poker game. The WSOP Circuit community is behind him, including Loni Hardwood, Bryan Campanello, and Jonathan Taylor — 2013 bracelet winners — and others.
Our introduction to other featured November Nine players, to date:
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