In less than a month 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Ryan Riess will see his year-long reign come to an end as another November Niner will lay claim to poker's more prestigious title. There's no doubt Riess served the ambassador role well, and he's still at it as he competes here at the 2014 WSOP APAC.
We decided to spend an orbit with "Riess the Beast," which he began with 34,300 in chips at a seven-handed table.
Hand #1 (Hijack): Action folded to Riess and he raised to 650, which took down the blinds.
Hand #2 (Early Position): Riess opened for 600 from early position and then called when Oliver Gill three-bet to 1,700 from the button. Riess checked the flop, Gill bet 1,500, and Riess folded.
Hand #3 (Under the Gun): Riess folded.
Hand #4 (Big Blind): Gill raised to 650 from the hijack and then folded when Riess three-bet to 1,600 from the big blind.
Hand #5 (Small Blind): The player in the hijack opened for 650 and Riess folded.
Hand #6 (Button): A player in middle position opened for 650 and Riess folded.
Hand #7 (Cutoff): A middle-position player raised to 650 and Riess folded.
Hand #8 (Hijack): An early-position player raised to 600 and then called when Riess three-bet to 1,300 from the hijack. When the flop came down , the early-position player checked and Riess bet 1,200. It did the trick as Riess' opponent released his hand.