Published Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 | 4:30 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 | 1:47 a.m.
With Ryan Riess still blazing, Jay Farber caught fire.
The two burned through the rest of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table Tuesday morning at the Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio. They’ll now meet for the right to call themselves the world champion of poker and $8.3 million at 5:45 this afternoon in the same venue.
Farber, a 29-year-old local, brings the chip lead into heads-up play but not by an overwhelming amount. He has approximately 105 million chips to the 85 million in front of Riess, a 23-year-old from East Lansing, Mich.
Neither Riess nor Farber should want to play each other after watching the torching that took place at the final table. They combined to knock out the other four competitors who made it to six-handed play in less than 45 minutes.
That was after it took eight hours for the first three eliminations. Mark Newhouse and David Benefield were the early casualties, exiting for $733,224 and $944,650 respectively.
Michiel Brummelhuis was the first to land seven figures as he received $1,225,356 for sixth-place. Riess sent him out of the Rio with pocket Aces. Brummelhuis had pocket 9s.
That gave Riess the chip lead for the majority of the evening, until the largest pot of the tournament transpired. It was classic bad luck for Marc McLauglin, who ran pocket Kings into Farber’s pocket Aces for a 79 million chip pot.
McLaughlin earned $1,601,893. Farber took out J.C. Tran, who entered with the chip lead, minutes later. Farber’s King-Queen caught up to the short-stacked Tran’s Ace-7.
Tran won $2,106,893 but expressed disappointment in his finish. Sylvain Loosli and Amir Lehavot were next, meeting their demise at the hands of Reiss. Their payouts consisted of $2,792,533 and $3,727,823, respectively.
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