Ryan Riess

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Ryan Riess
Nickname(s) Riess the Beast
Residence Clarkston, Michigan
Born (1990-06-21) June 21, 1990 (age 27)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Final table(s) 2
Money finish(es) 22
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
Winner, 2013
World Poker Tour
Title(s) 1
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 9
Information accurate as of 6 April 2017.

Ryan Riess (born June 21, 1990) is an American professional poker player best known for winning the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event.[1]


Riess attended Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes High School and graduated from Michigan State University with a Hospitality Business degree.

Poker career[edit]

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 A K defeated Farber's Q 5 to win the championship bracelet and $8,361,570.[2][3]

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 A K defeated Alan Sternberg's 7 7 to win the title, marking the 2nd time Riess has won a major tournament with A K.

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.

World Series of Poker bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2013 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event $8,361,570


  1. ^ Willems, Lukas M. (31 July 2013). "WSOP NEWS: GETTING TO KNOW THE NOVEMBER NINE RYAN RIESS". WSOP.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  2. ^ Bernard Lee (2013-11-05). "Heads-Up: Riess versus Farber". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  3. ^ Janet Loehrke and Joan Murphy (6 November 2013). "Ryan Riess wins World Series of Poker title, $8.4M". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 

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