Riess & Farber Pulling Away, Panda Invades the Stage at 2013 WSOP Main Event

Jay Farber and Ryan Riess are running away from the rest of the pack, with more than 70 percent of the chips in play between the two of them. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

Jay Farber and Ryan Riess are running away from the rest of the pack, with more than 70 percent of the chips in play between the two of them. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

Ryan Riess has continued to cruise at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, but he has some company at the top of the chip counts. While the rest of the field is lingering around with 20 big blinds or less, Jay Farber has pulled virtually even with Riess as the pair holds over 70 percent of the chips in play.

Farber made his first big move in this hour after getting into a big confrontation with former chipleader Amir Lehavot. Farber opened to 1.3 million, Lehavot three-bet to 3.1 million and Farber called, with a flop of T 4 2 the result. Lehavot bet 2.3 million and Farber called, with the 9 falling on the turn. Lehavot turned up the heat and bet 4 million, but Farber once again called, bringing the A on the river. Lehavot thought it over for a full minute before checking and Farber checked behind, tabling A Q to take the pot.

Farber soon cleared 50 million, but the crowd would get a lot of the attention over the next few minutes. Supporters for Marc-Etienne McLaughlin have been chanting ‘Larry Walker’ every time McLaughlin is in the big blind, but until this point he hadn’t gotten one. He finally got one and his crowd absolutely exploded.

After McLaughlin got a second walk during the next orbit, he made an exaggerated fist pump and jumped into his crowd as they celebrated wildly once again. As McLaughlin left his group of supporters, a man dressed up in a panda costume to support Farber rushed the stage and fell face first on the stage. He then got up, did a little dance and ran to the other side of the stage, where he was then grabbed by security guards to be escorted out of the Penn & Teller Theater. As they took him away, WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel led the crowd in serenading the costumed stage-crasher with a chorus of “Na Na Hey Hey”.

Farber pulled virtually even by getting JC Tran to lay down a big hand. Tran opened to 1.4 million in the small blind, Farber three-bet to 3.1 million in the big blind and Tran four-bet to 6.4 million, leaving himself with 14.7 million. Farber five-bet, clicking it back to 10 million, and that sent Tran deep into the tank. He eventually folded A Q, a questionable play in retrospect as Farber held 6 6.

Tran fell further after three-betting an open from McLaughlin, who responded with a four-bet all in. After tanking for two minutes Tran eventually called for 5.4 million more with A 7, but McLaughlin’s A K was the best and stayed that way throughout the J 3 3 6 3 runout.

2013 World Series of Poker Main Event – Current Chip Counts

  1. Ryan Riess – 66,300,000
  2. Jay Farber – 63,925,000
  3. Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – 19,050,000
  4. Sylvain Loosli – 17,375,000
  5. JC Tran – 14,825,000
  6. Amir Lehavot – 9,100,000
  7. Michiel Brummelhuis – Out in 7th ($1,225,356)
  8. David Benefield – Out in 8th ($944,650)
  9. Mark Newhouse – Out in 9th ($733,224)
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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