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World Series of Poker Main Event: Jay Farber and Ryan Riess Set To Battle For Title

Winner Takes Home $8,361,570 First-Place Prize

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And then there were two.

After 171 hands of final table action at the 2013 World Series of Poker main event, it will be club promoter Jay Farber and poker pro Ryan Riess who will battle it out for the title, the bracelet and the $8,361,570 first-place prize.

Incredibly, it was those two who knocked out all of the seven other final tablists, with Farber claiming three bounties and Riess claiming four.

It will be Farber, however, who enters Tuesday’s final showdown with a slight chip lead of 105 million to Riess’ 85.675 million.

The action kicks off at 5:45 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on a 15-minute delay on ESPN.

Card Player will be bringing you editorial updates, live from the final table stage at the Penn and Teller Theater in the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Here is a look at eliminations hands.

Mark NewhouseIt took 36 hands for the first casualty of the final table to be determined.

Mark Newhouse survived for quite a while on the short stack, even doubling up when his pocket queens out flopped Marc-Etienne McLaughlin’s pocket kings.

About an hour later, he made his final push for his last ten big blinds with 9Spade Suit9Club Suit, only to get a call from Ryan Riess and his ASpade SuitKHeart Suit.

The board ran out KDiamond Suit10Club Suit7Spade Suit7Club Suit6Diamond Suit and Newhouse was sent to the rail in ninth place, earning $733,224.

The 28-year-old pro from Chapel Hill, North Carolina was gracious in his exit and received a nice round of applause from the crowd in the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio in Las Vegas.

Newhouse, who also holds a World Poker Tour title, came into the final table in eighth place and was a 15-1 underdog to win according to Caesars Entertainment.

The professional poker player who now resides in Las Vegas now has over $2.7 million in career tournament earnings, though he primarily considers himself to be a cash-game player.

David BenefieldOn hand no. 38, just two hands after the elimination of Mark Newhouse, David Benefield found himself all in for 17 big blinds holding KSpade Suit2Spade Suit.

Jay Farber made the call with a dominating AClub SuitKDiamond Suit and it held when the board ran out QClub Suit10Spade Suit5Diamond SuitJSpade Suit2Diamond Suit.

Benefield, who doubled up early on in the final table, was eliminated in eighth place, earning $944,650.

The 27-year-old, who now resides in New York City, came into the final table in last place and was a 12-1 underdog to win according to Caesars Entertainment.

Benefield, known by his online name “Raptor,” increased his career live tournament earnings to nearly $2.2 million.

The first time Michiel Brummelhuis shoved his pocket nines all in preflop, they survived a flip against Ryan Riess and his A-Q.

The second time Brummelhuis shoved his pocket nines all in preflop, Riess woke up with pocket aces, ending his tournament run in seventh place.

Michiel BrummelhuisBrummelhuis, a 32-year-old Dutch pro from Amsterdam, was the first player from the Netherlands to make the WSOP main event final table. For his efforts, he banked $1,225,356 for his seventh-place finish.

Brummelhuis came into the final table in seventh chip position and was an 8-1 underdog according to Caesars Entertainment.

The seven-figure score was by far the largest of his poker career, bringing his live tournament earnings to $1.7 million.

After 157 hands, it took a cooler before the eventual sixth-place finisher hit the rail.

Marc-Etienne McLaughlinMarc-Etienne McLaughlin fought his way back from the short stack to third place, only to find himself in a huge preflop confrontation with second place stack Jay Farber.

McLaughlin raised to 1,600,000 in the hijack, only to see Farber reraise to 3,800,000 from the button. McLaughlin reraised to 8,700,000 and Farber made it 19,400,000. McLaughlin then went all in for 38,600,000 and Farber immediately called, tabling AHeart SuitASpade Suit.

McLaughlin showed KSpade SuitKClub Suit and couldn’t connect on a board reading 8Spade Suit7Spade Suit2Heart SuitJDiamond SuitJClub Suit, ending his day in sixth place.

For his efforts, McLaughlin banked $1,601,024, by far the biggest payday of his career.

Amir Lehavot and J.C. Tran, the two shortest stacks at the table, were grateful for the unexpected pay jump.

McLaughlin, a 25-year-old entreprenuer from Montrel, Canada, came into the final table as the third-biggest stack and was designated a 4-1 underdog to win by Caesars Entertainment.

With this cash, he now has nearly $2.3 million in career live tournament earnings.

J.C. TranAt 11-5 odds, long-time tournament pro and chip leader J.C. Tran was the favorite coming into the main event final table according to Caesars Entertainment. Unfortunately for the 36-year-old Sacramento, California native, he never could quite solve the unstoppable force that was Jay Farber on his immediate left.

After Marc-Etienne McLaughlin’s elimination in sixth place, Tran got the rest of his stack in just a few hands later holding AHeart Suit7Spade Suit.

Farber felt priced in with KSpade SuitQHeart Suit in the small blind and connected as the board rolled out KDiamond SuitJHeart Suit9Heart Suit5Diamond Suit6Heart Suit.

Tran was eliminated in fifth place, pocketing $2,106,893. Tran, who has two WSOP bracelets and a World Poker Tour title, moved into 15th place on the all-time tournament earnings list with nearly $10.9 million.

The elimination left Farber with a massive chip lead, being the only player over the 100,000 in chips mark.

Sylvain LoosliAfter hours of six-handed play, it took less than a dozen hands to get down to the final three players.

Sylvain Loosli, a 26-year-old poker pro from Toulon, France, was a short-stacked ninja for much of the final table. Unfortunately for him, he made his final push holding QHeart Suit7Club Suit and was caught by Ryan Reiss and his AClub Suit10Heart Suit.

The board fell KSpade Suit9Heart Suit8Heart Suit9Club SuitADiamond Suit and the Frenchman was eliminated in fourth place, earning a life-changing sum of $2,792,533.

It was only the third-ever cash for Loosli, who recently final tabled an event in Dublin for a modest $80,966.

Loosli, who came into the final table as the sixth largest stack, was designated as an 11-2 underdog by Caesars Entertainment. His elimination guaranteed that an American would win this year’s WSOP main event.

For a while, it looked like Jay Farber would steam roll his way to the main event title. Instead, Ryan Riess made it a contest by claiming his fourth bounty at the final table.

On hand no. 171, Amir Lehavot moved all in with pocket sevens, only to be called by the pocket tens of Riess.

Amir LehavotThe board rolled out cleanly for Riess and Lehavot, who was the shortest stack for much of the final table, was finally eliminated in third place.

Lehavot, who has one WSOP bracelet, added $3,727,823 to his career tournament earnings, bringing his total to just over $5.3 million.

The 38-year-old Israel-born poker pro came into the final table with the second-largest stack, but was never able to get things going like he wanted to. Instead, he put on an ICM (Indpendent Chip Model) clinic, chipping his way up the pay ladder for an additional $2.1 million.