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Poker Players React to Riess WSOP Win

It has now been over 24 hours since Ryan Riess took out the 2013 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event and became the most talked about name in the poker world.

The American won his first ever WSOP gold bracelet and more than $8.36 million for his stellar play in poker’s biggest event. It is an achievement that has propelled him into the poker spotlight.

A number of professional poker players have since given their comments and congratulations to poker’s latest golden boy (or man – he is 23 after all). Many of them took to Twitter to pass on their comments directly to Riess, whose Twitter handle is RyanRiess1.

Poker legend and businessman Tony G was one of the first to give his congratulations to the 23-year-old, along with a friendly challenge for Riess to defend his self-imposed crown of world’s greatest poker player. “Well done @RyanRiess1 if you are the greatest then get to the Premier League in Montreal in November,” he said.

Frenchman Sylvain Loosli, who finished fourth in this year’s WSOP Main Event, also took to Twitter to congratulate his fellow November Niner on a job well done. “Congrats @RyanRiess1 for winning the Main Event title. It was hell of a Final Table!” Loosli tweeted.

Loosli was joined by fellow WSOP Main Event final table player JC Tran, who also congratulated Riess on the biggest win of his poker career to date. “Congrats to the new champion @RyanRiess1 Well done kid!” Tran wrote.

Some previous WSOP Main Event winners also joined in the chorus of compliments to Riess. Last year’s Main Event winner, Greg Merson, also took to Twitter to comment on the milestone. “Congrats to @RyanRiess1 , he played his ass off and deserved to be handed the crown. Enjoy it bud!” Merson said.

Canadian Jonathan Duhamel, who won the 2010 WSOP Main Event, also congratulated Riess for joining the club of WSOP Main Event winners. “Congratulations to @RyanRiess1 for winning the WSOP Main Event, enjoy the ride kid!” Duhamel tweeted.   

All congratulations that are well-deserved for the newest star of poker.  

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