Jay Farber and Ryan Riess are likely to be two very happy men right now.
That is because tomorrow, the two poker players will duke it out in heads-up play in the last chapter of the 2013 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. Both players are guaranteed at least $5,174,357 when everything is said and done. That is the amount of money that the runner-up will take home in this year’s event.
Despite that, there is a big difference between $5 million and $8,361,570, which is set to go to whichever player takes out the biggest poker event of the year. That means heads-up play between Farber and Riess is likely to be an epic battle, as neither player will want to easily relinquish their chance for glory.
Farber will hold a slight lead going into tomorrow, with 105 million chips to his name. He has a little buffer over Riess, who will have a stack of 85,675,000 when play resumes.
Mark Newhouse was one of the ‘November Nine,’ but he was the first player eliminated from the group. It came after the 36th hand of the final table when Newhouse moved all-in pre-flop with pocket Nines. He was called by Riess, who had Ace-King offsuit and hit a King on the flop to get the higher pair and knock Newhouse out of the event.
Just two hands later, David Benefield was sent packing after being eliminated by Farber in eighth place. Benefield went all-in pre-flop with King-Two of Spades and was called by Farber, who showed Ace-King offsuit. Farber hit a straight draw on the flop and hit his straight on the turn, which won him the hand and put the tournament down to seven.
The next player to say goodbye was Michiel Brummelhuis. That also came at the hands of Riess, who called the Dutchman’s all-in with pocket Aces, which was ahead of Brummelhuis’ pocket Nines. The Aces held on the board and Brummelhuis was eliminated, albeit with an extra $1,255,356 in his bank account.
It was hours before another player was eliminated as the remaining six participants did all they could to stay in the game. However, someone had to go and sixth place eventually went to Marc-Etienne McLaughlin. It was a case of bad luck for McLaughlin as his pocket Kings were beaten by Farber’s pocket Aces, which held on the board.
JC Tran was out in fifth place just five hands later, which again came at the hands of Farber. Tran went all-in pre-flop with Ace-Seven offsuit and Farber called with King-Queen offsuit. Tran’s slight advantage went for naught when Farber hit a pair of Kings on the flop, which was enough to put the event down to four players.
Riess then claimed his third final table scalp after he eliminated Sylvain Loosli from the event in fourth place. Loosli, who was short-stacked, moved all-in pre-flop with Queen-Seven offsuit and was called by Riess and his Ace-Ten offsuit. Riess’ larger hand held throughout the flop and turn and he hit a pair of Aces on the river to seal the hand and eliminate the Frenchman.
Riess then made it two in a row after he eliminated Amir Lehavot in third place in the very next hand. The Israeli went all-in pre-flop with pocket Sevens, but Riess was waiting in the wings with pocket Tens. The Tens held on the board to eliminate Lehavot from the event, but with third place earning $3,727,823 in this year’s Main Event, it’s unlikely he’s crying too much.
That signalled the end of the day, and both players will return tomorrow for the final chapter of the event. As always, PokerUpdate will keep readers updated on the outcome of the 2013 WSOP Main Event.