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Ryan Reiss

  • Born: 1990-04-19, East Lansing, Michigan

    It’s official – Ryan Reiss is the winner of WSOP 2013 Main Event. He claimed the gold bracelet and $8 million in cash. So, who is this young poker pro? Ryan Reiss Poker Career His poker career may be short but what of an avalanche it...

  • {id:90} It’s official – Ryan Reiss is the winner of WSOP 2013 Main Event. He claimed the gold bracelet and $8 million in cash. So, who is this young poker pro?

    Ryan Reiss Poker Career

    His poker career may be short but what of an avalanche it has been. In two years he has been playing live poker tournaments, he has accumulated around $300.000 in tournament cashes.

    WSOP Circuit is where he is seen most frequently. But event after Ryan’s runner-up finish in the WSOPC event for $240.000 he probably didn’t even imagine what the next year would bring. Before the 44th WSOP series began, he cashed 9 more times in WSOPC events, played and cashed in various events in California like L.A. Poker Classic.

    Prior the Main Event he had cashed in three WSOP 2013 events. First, $1.500 Millionaire Maker ($110th for $7.278), $1.000 NL Hold’em (11th for $20.000) and $1.500 NL Hold’em (139th for $3000) events.

    Ryan Reiss WSOP 2013 Main Event

    Everything started on Day 1A when he entered WSOP Main Event. Throughout the series he had cashed 3 times already so he should have been confident enough. Though, he had other 6300 players that probably felt quite confident, too.

    He started out very well, doubled up on Day 1. Obviously, throughout the days of play Ryan did see it all but the Day 7 was probably the most important one. As they were closing in on the final table, Reiss was 11th out of 12 and could easily bubble the final table. But picking up a few premium cards and winning a flip not only put him among 8 others at the Final Table, but rocketed him to 5th place in chips.

    The Final table went pretty well for him either. After being relatively quiet for the first half of the day, he knocked out a few players on the second half. That brought him to the final stage of the play where he had to meet an amateur Jay Farber heads-up for the championship title. Even though Farber had the chip lead, Riess, being a professional player, had the experience on his side. Three and a half hours later Riess finally took the title, the bracelet and $8.3 million to his name.

    The controversy after the Main Event

    Winning such a massive event does make you very emotional and sometimes being in that state we say something we may not actually mean. We don’t know whether this is the case with Ryan Reiss but something he said just after the win had raised some controversial thoughts.

    When Greg Merson, the winner of the WSOP 2012 ME handed him the bracelet, poker presenter Kara Scott came up to him to ask how does he feel at this moment. When she asked him “All the way you had this certainty you are going to win. What gave that to you” Reiss responded:

    I think I’m just the best poker player in the world

    Maybe he did not mean it that way but it had angered a lot of poker players all around. Some called him arrogant, clown, last year's November Niner Russell Thomas called him delusional

    Riess' interview tilted me pretty hard. He's just plain delusional. He's in the “He who knows not and knows not he knows not" camp

    Is this guy truly arrogant? Or maybe he’s really the best in the world? It’s surely too early to say as he plays poker for only two years. But the time will show. It always does, doesn’t it?

    Conclusion

    Ryan Reiss leaves no one in doubt. Either you love him or you hate him. Being only 23 years old, there is still a long road ahead for this kid. And only time will show whether in the end he will stand among the greatest in the game.