The 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table has been cut down to its final two players. Tomorrow, the second leg of the conclusion to this epic event will take place between Jay Farber and Ryan Riess. Each 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 plus 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. If his day goes anything like start-of-the-day chip leader JC Tran’s did on Monday, Farber may not end up a happy camper.
Mark Newhouse entered the day towards the lower end of the chip counts, and he would be 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 against Riess’ . The flop, turn, and river ran out 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 against Farber’s . The board came 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 against McLaughlin’s for a huge cooler, and the board ran out 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 and lost to Farber’s thanks to a king on the flop.
Frenchman Sylvain Loosli was eliminated in fourth place on Hand #170, moving all in with the and finishing second best to Riess’ . On the very next hand after Loosli’s bustout, Amir Lehavot was eliminated in third place by running two sevens in Riess’ pocket tens.
Despite a late surge to end the night, Riess will enter Tuesday night's final duel behind in chips, but this one will be anybody's game. Riess also might have a slight advantage in terms of rest because when Farber was asked what he was doing tonight to prepare, his response was, "We're all going out to celebrate."
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.com.