Ryan Riess


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On November 5, 2013, “Riess the Beast” was crowned the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion in front of a theater jam packed with his friends and family. Riess, at the age of 23 was the youngest player at the table and took home a handsome prize of $8.3 million for his victory defeating a field of 6,352 players. This incredible win was the eighth-largest tournament in poker history.

Originally hailing from Pontiac, Michigan, Ryan was raised as a sports fan as well as an athlete. It was his passion for competition that took him to the poker tables during his college years at Michigan State University where he graduated with a degree in business.
When he was a senior at MSU in late 2012, he worked part-time as a poker dealer for college money and heard about the World Series of Poker Circuit in Hammond, Indiana, not far from his home. He traveled there and played the Horseshoe Chicago Main Event and did well, finishing in second place for a massive take of $239,063. Upon his return to school, he stayed focused, graduated two months later, then hit the poker road as soon as the calendar hit 2013.

When Ryan isn’t hard at work at the poker table, you can typically find him glued to the television screen rooting for every Detroit sports team. Cheering for the Lions, Red Wings, Tigers, and Spartans is his second passion next to poker. After this Main Event win, Ryan was thrilled when ESPN’s host of College GameDay, Chris Fowler, invited him to appear on the show. Riess describes this as “the second absolute greatest moment of my entire life!”
At the youthful age of 24, this poker young gun is poised with confidence and has proven to be a dangerous force to be reckoned with.