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Jay Farber and Ryan Riess To Battle Heads Up for the 2013 WSOP Main Event Title

  • Donnie PetersDonnie Peters
Ryan Riess and Jay Farber

On Monday, 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table resumed with the field working its way down to the final two players. On Tuesday, the second leg to the conclusion of the greatest poker tournament on the planet will take place between Jay Farber and Ryan Riess. Each player will be looking to etch his name in poker history as the 2013 WSOP Main Event champion and grab hold of the $8,361,570 first-place prize and coveted gold bracelet.

Entering Tuesday’s final day of play, Farber will start with the chip lead, holding 105 million in chips to Riess’ 85.675 million. With the blinds at 500,000/1,000,000/150,000, this match is still very much anyone's for the taking, though.

Mark Newhouse entered the day second to last in chips, and he was the first player eliminated. After he doubled up on Hand #5 by sucking out against Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, Newhouse fell 30 hands later at the hands of Riess.

On his final hand, Newhouse was all in with the {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} against Riess’ {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}. The flop, turn, and river ran out {K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{7-Spades}{7-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} to end Newhouse’s run in ninth place.

Just two hands later, David Benefield was out in eighth place. He was all in and at risk against with the {K-Spades}{2-Spades} against Farber’s {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. The board came {Q-Clubs}{10-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{2-Diamonds} to give Farber the winning straight.

Dutchman Michiel Brummelhuis was then next to go in seventh place. He was able to double up holding pocket nines on Hand #53, but then ran another pair of nines into Riess’ pocket aces just two hands later to hit the rail.

Six-handed play lasted quite a long time before McLaughlin was eliminated in a massive, massive hand that gave Farber around half of the chips in play.

On Hand #157, McLaughlin and Farber raised back and forth preflop before all of the money went in. Farber had the {A-Spades}{A-Hearts} against McLaughlin’s {K-Spades}{K-Clubs} for a huge cooler, and the board ran out {8-Spades}{7-Spades}{2-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} to send McLaughlin out the door.

Just four hands later, Tran was off to the payout desk in fifth place. His final hand came when he shoved the {A-Hearts}{7-Spades} and lost to Farber’s {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts} thanks to a king on the flop.

Frenchman Sylvain Loosli was eliminated in fourth place on Hand #170, moving all in with the {Q-Hearts}{7-Clubs} and finishing second best to Riess’ {A-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. On the very next hand after Loosli’s bustout, Amir Lehavot was eliminated in third place by running two sevens in Riess’ pocket tens.

With plenty of play left in the event, Tuesday's heads-up battle will be just that — a battle. The action will kick off at 6 p.m. Tuesday local time, and you can follow all of the hand-for-hand action right here on PokerNews.

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