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MSU Graduate Competes in World Series of Poker Tourney

Ryan Riess battles it out for the World Series of Poker 2013 title and $8.4 million.

MSU Graduate Competes in World Series of Poker Tourney

By Jane Sugiyama. CREATED Nov 5, 2013

Let the chips fall where they may, and hopefully they land in this Spartan's favor. 

Ryan Riess is a twenty-three year old native of Waterford Township, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University and now hopes to take home the $8.3 million dollar prize at the 2013 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Tournament at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. 

Nicknamed "Riess the Beast," Ryan is ready to take down the competition. Though he was the youngest player at the table last night, he is keeping his eyes on the prize as he aims to become the third Michigan native to win the WSOP event. Last night he represented Michigan by wearing a Detroit Lions jersey, and fans are hoping to see him rock the green and white tonight. 

The tournament will be broadcast LIVE Tuesday, November 5th on ESPN ( with a 15-minute delay) at 9:00PM EST.

Show your support for this Spartan and Michigan native by tweeting "Riess the Beast" @RyanRiess1