23-year-old wins $8.4 million in World Series of Poker [VIDEO]

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Ryan Riess, 23, took home the huge $8.4 million pot, along with the title of champion of the World Series of Poker Tuesday evening. Riess beat Jay Farber, a Vegas club promoter, with a simple pocket ace and king.

Riess has been playing poker since he was 14, ESPN reports.

“I just think I’m the best player in the world, he told reporters after his win.

His supporters wore “Riess the beast” T-shirts, while the Michigan native himself wore Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson’s jersey both days.

Farber’s supporters were more rowdy, making personal attacks on Riess about his gangling height, his long hair and how poor Detroit was. Farber is not in any bad way though for only getting second. He still is taking home $5.2 million for his silver status.

The tournament began with 6,352 entrants in July and was taken down to nine in a week. Those nine were brought back to play for a day until only Farber and Riess remained.


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