|Nickname(s)||Riess the Beast|
|Born||June 21, 1990|
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
His first career tournament cash came in October 2012, when he took 2nd place at the World Series of Poker Circuit main event in Hammond, Indiana, for $239,063. In the following few months, he had several cashes in smaller events throughout the United States. Riess first played the WSOP in 2013, cashing in 3 preliminary events with a best finish of 11th in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event. Playing in his first WSOP Main Event, he made the November Nine in 5th chip position with 25,875,000. After eliminating 4 players at the final table, Riess entered heads-up against Jay Farber with a nearly 20 million chip deficit. After 90 hands of heads-up play, Riess's defeated Farber's to win the championship bracelet and $8,361,570.
In April 2017 Riess won his first World Poker Tour title at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale, earning $716,000. After a lengthy heads-up battle, Riess's defeated Alan Sternberg's to win the title, marking the 2nd time Riess has won a major tournament with .
As of 2017, Riess's total live tournament winnings exceed $10,032,000 of which $8,775,684 have come from cashes at the WSOP.
|2013||$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event||$8,361,570|
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