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World Series of Poker. The original World Series of Poker was started by Tom Morehead of the Riverside casino in Reno and was an invitational event. The set of tournaments the World Series of Poker (WSOP) would evolve to was the brainchild of Las Vegas legend, casino owner, and poker player Benny Binion as well as his two sons Jack and Ted.¹ Of course, with the advent of the Internet, casino games such as blackjack, slots, poker and roulette can now all be played online, but it was the WSOP that got the ball rolling by initiating changes to the poker landscape.

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2013 Main Event Final Table

After a record-breaking 2013 at the World Series of Poker, with an-all time high of 79,471 entries throughout the 62-event schedule, there were only nine players still remaining in the 62nd and final event - the WSOP Main Event.

Main Event Final Table was Played November 4-5, 2013 Live on ESPN. On day one the field was narrowed to two players, Jay Farber and Ryan Riess. On Tuesday, November 5 at 6:00 PM in Las Vegas, they squared off to determine who would be champion.










Amir Lehavot (ISR)
29.7 Mil.
David Benefield (USA)
6.375 Mil.
Jay Farber (USA)
25.975 Mil.
Marc-Etienne McLaughlin (CAN)
26.525 Mil.
Marc Newhouse (USA)
7.35 Mil.
Michiel Brummelhuis (NLD)
11.275 Mil.
JC Tran (USA)
38 Mil.
Ryan Riess (USA)
25.875 Mil.
Sylvain Loosli (FRA)
19.6 Mil.

 

2013 WSOP Main Event Winner Ryan Riess
On Hand #261 of the final table, Jay Farber went all in with the Q-Spades/5-Spades against Ryan Riess' A-Hearts/K-Hearts}. While Riess had a strong hand, Farber had two spades and what he thought was a good chance at doubling up. But, it just wasn't in the cards for Farber and, thus, Ryan Riess became the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, earning himself $8,361,570 and the platinum bracelet valued at $500,000.

"I've been dreaming about this for a long time," Riess said after the win. "Ever since I was 14 and saw Moneymaker win it. I just had a great feeling about it."

When heads-up play began, Farber had the chip lead by roughly 20 million over Riess. But Riess quickly moved to the front with expert play and timely maneuvers. As sometimes happens Riess was getting the cards. What better time, what better place to find yourself on a hot streak. There was one late double up for Farber that extended play a bit but couldn't head off the inevitable.

Past World Series of Poker Winners - Main Event
    Year/Winner/Prize - US$
  • 2013: Ryan Riess, $8.36 million
  • 2012: Greg Merson, $8.53 million
  • 2011: Pius Heinz, $8.72 million
  • 2010: Jonathan Duhamel, $8.9 million
  • 2009: Joe Cada, $8.547 million
  • 2008: Peter Eastgate, $9.15 million
  • 2007: Jerry Yang, $8,250,000
  • 2006: Jamie Gold, $12 million
  • 2005: Joseph Hachem, 7.5 million
  • 2004: Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, 5 million
  • 2003: Chris Moneymaker, 2.5 million
  • 2002: Robert Varkyoni, 2 million
  • 2001: Carlos Mortensen, 1.5 million
  • 2000: Chris Ferguson, 1.5 million
  • 1999: Noel Furlong, 1 million
  • 1998: Scotty Nguyen, 1 million
  • 1997: Stu Unger, 1 million
  • 1996: Huck Seed, 1 million
  • 1995: Dan Harrington, 1 million
  • 1994: Russ Hamilton, 1 million
  • 1993: Jim Bechtel, 1 million
  • 1992: Hamid Datsmalchi, 1 million
  • 1991: Brad Daugherty, 1 million
  • 1990: Mansour Matloubi, 895 thousand
  • 1989: Phil Hellmuth, 755 thousand
  • 1988: Johnny Chan, 700 thousand
  • 1987: Johnny Chan, 625 thousand
  • 1986: Berry Johnston, 570 thousand
  • 1985: Bill Smith, 700 thousand
  • 1984: Jack Keller, 660 thousand
  • 1983: Tom McEvoy, 580 thousand
  • 1982: Jack Straus, 520 thousand
  • 1981: Stu Ungar, 375 thousand
  • 1980: Stu Ungar, 385 thousand
  • 1979: Hal Fowler, 270 thousand
  • 1978: Bobby Baldwin, 210 thousand
  • 1977: Doyle Brunson, 340 thousand
  • 1976: Doyle Brunson, 220 thousand
  • 1975: Sailor Roberts, 210 thousand
  • 1974: Johnny Moss, 160 thousand
  • 1973: Puggy Pearson, 130 thousand
  • 1972: Amarillo "Slim" Preston, 80 thousand
  • 1971: Johnny Moss, 30 thousand
  • 1970: Johnny Moss, n/a (silver cup)
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