Pocket Bullets Paris
The 44th Annual World Series of Poker came to a dramatic conclusion after more than 260 hands in the final nine and heads up between Ryan “The Beast” Riess and Jay “Panda” Farber. With only 14 million chips left, the Panda pushed all in with and the Beast pounced with an . The flop came down with with no help for Farber, the turn was the – no help again, and still no help arrived as the river paired the board with the . The Beast’s Rail exploded with chants of “Reiss the Beast” as they poured on to the stage and swarmed their newly crowned World Series of Poker Champion. Riess was now visibly shaken and holding back tears of joy as he made his way over to Farber and congratulated him on a well-fought battle. Of course, Jay “Panda” Farber has nothing to be ashamed of. He outlasted a field of 6,352 main event entries to end up in 2nd place at the final table and take home $5,174,357…not too bad of a consolation prize for a young amateur that we are sure to see again.
Ryan “The Beast’ Riess, at the age of 23, won the WSOP Main Event, the most coveted bracelet in the game, and $8,361,570, fulfilling his claim that he was the best poker player at this year’s Main Event and that he would win it all. A claim that he ended up repeating to ESPN while standing in front of a massive pile of poker chips and dollars he simply stated “I just think I’m the best poker player in the world.” And so for now, he is.
Congratulations Mr. Riess; you’re indeed a beast.