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Ryan Reiss - 2013 World Champion of Poker

The 23 year old professional poker player from Michigan took down the most coveted prize in poker, the World Series of Poker main event, for a whopping $8.3 million.

Editor's Note: Reiss was never in jeopardy at the final table, had 4 knockouts and, heads-up against Jay Farber, he was absolutely dominant.

"The first time I walked into Binion’s in 2003, I took one look around the room at the cast of characters and realized this job was going to be everything I'd ever dreamt of. I swear, I asked myself, 'Where has this been all my life?' Then, after I watched the first show before it aired, I was so impressed at the gritty, real-life gambling feel these new producers had given it, it was just unbelievable.”

- Norman Chad, on living the poker dream.

Millionaire Maker is Born

The 44th annual World Series of Poker marked the debut of the Millionaire Maker, a $1,500 buy-in tournament with two starting flights that allowed players a single re-entry. Canadian Benny Chen won more than $1 million for first.

May the 4th be with You!

Mike Matusow won his 4th bracelet this year to join some legendary company. Here are the other poker greats to have accomplished that feat; Micky Appleman (1980, 1992, 1995, 2003), Bill Boyd (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974), David Chui (1996, 1998, 2000, 2005), Artie Cobb (1983, 1988, 1991, 1998), Mike Hart (1981, 1990, 1991, 1994), Lakewood Louie (1978, 1979 (2), 1980), Tom McEvoy (1983 (2), 1986, 1992), Puggy Pearson (1971, 1973 (3)), Amarillo Slim (1972, 1974, 1985,1990), Huck Seed (1994,1996, 2000, 2003), Tom Schneider (2007 (2), 2014 (2)) and Max Pescatori (2006, 2008, 2015 (2)).

Canadian Bacon?

Canadians, still able to play online poker while Americans cannot, scooped up 10 bracelets at the 2013 WSOP; Charles Sylvester, Benny Chen, Michael Malm, Levi Berger, Mark Radoja, Calen 'Big Wheel' McNeil, Jason Duval, Justin Oliver, Daniel Idema and Ladies Champ Kristen Bicknell. Plus, Quebec's Marc Etienne McLaughlin made the November Nine, finishing 6th for $1.6 million.​​

2013 Bracelet Winners
Event #1 - ChadHolloway
Event #2 - Travis Pope
Event #3 - Charles Sylvestre
Event #4 - John Beauprez
Event #5 - Mike Gorodinsky
Event #6 - Benny Chen
Event #7 - Matt Waxman
Event #8 - Michael Malm
Event #9 - Cliff Josephy (2nd)
Event #10 - Brent Wheeler
Event #11 - Levi Berger
Event #12 - Lev Rofman  
Event #13 - Mike Matusow (4th)

Event #14 - Jonathan Taylor
Event #15 - Tom Schneider (3rd)
Event #16 - Mark Radoja (2nd)
Event #17 - Athanasios Polychronopoulous
Event #18 - Taylor Paur
Event #19 - David Kitai (2nd) 
Event #20 - Calen McNeil

Event #21 - Martin Finger
Event #22 - Josh Pollock
Event #23 - David Chiu
Event #24 - Corey Harrison
Event #25 - Danny Fuhs
Event #26 - Ken Lind
Event #27 - Isaac Hagerling
Event #28 - Jason Duval
Event #29 - Tom Schneider (4th)
Event #30 - Chris Dombrowski
Event #31 - Jared Graham
Event #32 - Erick Lingren (2nd)
Event #33 - Bryan Campenello
Event #34 - Michael Gathy (2nd)
Event #35 - Jeff Madsen (3rd)

Event #36 - Simeeon Naydenov
Event #37 - Michael Moore
Event #38 - Justin Oliver
Event #39 - Daniel Idema
Event #40 - Jared Hamby

Event #41 - Steve Gross
Event #42 - Norbert Szecsi
Event #43 - Jesse Martin
Event #44 - Sandeep Pulusani
Event #45 - Ben Volpe
Event #46 - Vladimir Scchemelev
Event #47 - Anthony Gregg
Event #48 - Marco Johnson
Event #49 - Barny Boatman
Event #50 - Brandon Wong
Event #51 - Kristen Bicknell
Event #52 - Steve Sung (2nd)
Event #53 - Brent Shaffer
Event #54 - Dana Castenada

Event #55 - Matthew Ashton
Event #56 - Nikolaus Teichert
Event #57 - Matt Perrins
Event #58 - Brian Yoon
Event #59 - Eli Elezra (2nd)
Event #60 - Loni Harwood

Event #61 - Daniel Alaei (4th)
Event #62 - Ryan Reiss 'The Beast'

Poker for Charity

The World Series of Poker continued on with its relationship from 2012 with the One Drop Foundation, a charity founded by Cirque de Soleil founder Guy Laliberté devoted to providing safe water supplies in developing countries. The 2012 edition featured a $1 million buy-in but that was reduced to $111,111 for the One Drop High Roller in 2013. The Rio donated 3% of the rake. There was also the 'Little One for One Drop,' a $1,111 buy-in plus rebuys with $111 from each going to Laliberte's foundation.

Bracelets Down Under
The WSOP expanded and held bracelet events in Australia at the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific.

Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler

Oh so close to a WSOP bracelet! Three times a runner-up, Allen Kessler spoke to us about the pain that still haunts him.

Fun Fact

Calen 'Big Wheel' McNeil added a WSOP bracelet to his resume by taking down Event #38, Omaha Hi/LO. He finished 4th in the same event in 2014.

Hand #261
Reiss gets Jay Farber (left), all-in with Ace King against Farber's Queen 5, and the board brought no help to either player. 'Big Slick' wins!

WSOP Flashback

Longest Heads-Up Match in ME History! High Roller Radio spoke to 1983 world champ Tom McEvoy about his epic match with Rodney Peate.

WSOP by the Numbers

The Main Event attracted 6,352 entrants, creating a prize pool of $59,708,800. The top 648 placed in the money, with the November Niners getting least $733,224.

Tex Dolly Cashes Again!

Poker Legend Doyle Brunson, 1976 & 1977 world champion, finished 409th in the 2013 main event, another cash in the game's marquis event!

The Matador, Oh So Close!

​2001 world champion Carlos Mortensen finished on the 2013 main event final table bubble -10th.

Two More for Tom!

2007 WSOP 'Player of the Year' Tom Schneider won his 3rd and 4th bracelets at the 2013 series, cementing his place in poker history. He joins a  select few who have won four times, including 1983 world champ Tom McEvoy (above).

Did you know?Tom Schneider is a country music singer/songwriter. (Below) Press play for a sample: 

Did you know?
2013 November Niner Marc McLaughlin plays on the same dodgeball team as good friend and 2010 world champion Jonathan Duhamel.

(Left) "Card Dead but Happy with the Money!"