Ryan Riess Holds 30% of Chips in Play, Brummelhuis Out in 7th

Ryan Riess with his supportive rail.

Ryan Riess with his supportive rail.

The World Series of Poker Main Event final table continued with Ryan Riess, J.C. Tran and Jay Farber in a three-way race for the chip lead holding a significant lead over the rest of the table. Riess wouldn’t take long to use the lead to his advantage.

Michiel Brummelhuis put his short stack in play from under the gun and shipped his 7.5 million in the middle. Riess called right behind him holding A [Qd. Brummelhuis turned up 9 9 and needed to hold to keep his Main Event dream alive. The board ran 6 5 4 8 Q and Riess’ two over cards failed to overcome the slight preflop advantage for Brummelhuis.

Brummelhuis waited exactly one more hand before putting his 16 million all in preflop. Riess again called and Brummelhuis flipped pocket nines for the second time. But Riess tabled A A was an 80% to eliminated Brummelhuis. The board ran K 7 4 2 7 and Riess soared to 55.8 million.

Riess had nearly 30% of the chips in play at six-handed with a 15 million chip cushion over Farber in second place. Tran was treading water with 34.75 million, Amir Lehavot dipped to 23.8 million, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin was right behind with 21.775 million and Sylvain Loosli was the short stack with 14.975 million.

The price of poker went up with the blinds escalating to 300,000/600,000 with a 75,000 ante. Loosli still had a little breathing room with 20 big blinds to work with while the rest of the table averaged 53 big blinds. The average was skewed a bit with Riess’ 95 big blind stack.

Action at the six-handed final table tightened up considerably. With three eliminations in the books, the payout jumps really begin to climb. Over a span of about 25 hands Riess held strong without anyone really challenging him. Farber chipped up a little bit while Tran, Loosli and Lehavot had similar stacks.

2013 WSOP Main Event Final Table – Current Chip Counts

  1. Ryan Riess – 60,500,000
  2. Jay Farber – 40,675,000
  3. Sylvain Loosli – 30,425,000
  4. JC Tran – 26,950,000
  5. Amir Lehavot – 22,400,000
  6. Marc-Entienne McLaughlin – 9,725,000
  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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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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