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Round up of the WSOP main event

 2013 has been a record-breaking year for the World Series of Poker, a staggering 79,471 people entered throughout the 62 scheduled events and 6352 people entered the Main Event alone. Each player had to stake $10,000 each, which in turn created a $59,708,800 prize pool.

The Main Event is then narrowed down to nine finalists called the ‘November Nine’ who had a total of $26,662,046 of prize money to play for. The eventual winner received $8,359,531, in addition to perhaps the most impressive-looking gold bracelet ever awarded at the WSOP.  

The winner

The winner was 23-year old Ryan Reiss, originally from Michigan, but now living in Las Vegas. Reiss was up against amateur, Jay Farber, and beat his rival after a seriously tense 3.5 hour card session. He was able to showcase his skills and emerge as the deserved winner, despite the notorious unpredictability of Texas Hold ‘Em, putting his opponent all-in with an Ace-King combination.

Ryan Reiss emerged with the title after a final session, on Tuesday 5 November, that proved a showcase for his skills amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold 'em. Reiss’ style is one that is best described as ‘sly and steady’ and was used to great effect on four of the ‘November Nine’ on the Monday night.

Farber proved that amateurs can go all the way and his more straightforward, aggressive style proved more than a match for the other three players in the ‘November Nine’.  

The November Nine

JC Tran

Fans were no doubt pleased to see a player of his stature in the final nine. Tran is a true star of world poker with two WSOP bracelets and a WPT title to his name. 

Amir Lehavot

The winner of the $10,000 pot limit hold-em event back in 2011, this was the 38-year-old’s 13 WSOP cash. Lehavot was the oldest player at the final table, but ultimately failed in his bid to become the first Israeli to win the event. 

Marc-Etienne McLaughlin

2013 has been a great year for Canadians at the WSOP and McLaughlin continued this trend with this, his third top-86 main event cash since 2009 and his second final table.

Sylvain Loosli

This is 26-year-old Loosi’s first WOSP cash and he has only a single tiny score on his tournament CV. However, Loosi often play $25/50 no-limit cash poker games online and his inclusion in the ‘November Nine’ shows that he is not to be underestimated. It seems that websites like https://casino.metroplay.co.uk/   are capable of creating and attracting some seriously good players.

Michel Brummelhuis

One of the most respected players in the poker community, the Dutchman has made WSOP final tables, won side events and earned six-figure scores.

Mark Newhouse

Having won the World Poker Tour back in 2006, Newhouse quickly faded from view as he fell on hard times. Newhouse may have gone into the final nine a little short, but his $2.7 million in career earnings make him a worthy opponent.

David Benefield

One of the original superstars in the post-boom era and nicknamed ‘Raptor’, he had only one WSOP cash this year prior to the main event, but made an impressive $115,000 last month with an eighth place finish in the high roller event.


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