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2013 WSOP Champ Ryan Riess kicks off High Roller Run

Shortly after winning the 2013 WSOP Main Event and $8,361,570, Ryan Riess declared that he was going to play in several high roller tournaments throughout 2014. Via his Facebook page, Riess announced that he was selling shares of his action in the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Aussie Millions and WPT Championship. Before we continue, here's a look at his Facebook post:

WSOP Online Poker Site off to Good Start in New Jersey

Online poker has been live in New Jersey for a little over a month now. And out of the state's seven online gaming operators, one of the clear winners so far is WSOP.com.

According to the traffic rankings site PokerScout, WSOP New Jersey is averaging 150 real money cash game players per hour. This places them second behind Party Borgata, which is averaging 240 cash game players an hour.

2014 WSOP Big One Winner could take home $20 Million

At the 2012 WSOP, the most high-profile tournament was definitely the Big One for One Drop. This event required players to pay an astronomical $1 million buy-in, which was easily a poker record. Another record happened when Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari won the Big One and hauled in an $18,346,673 payout. This prize easily beat the previous top mark for a tournament, which was held by Jamie Gold and his $12 million haul at the 2006 WSOP.

WSOP Champ Phil Laak owes Back Taxes - Can He pay?

Phil Laak has had an illustrious poker career that includes a WSOP gold bracelet and $3,136,008 in tournament winnings. But Laak recently suffered a bad beat with the tax man since he owes $24,874 to the state of California.

Apparently, he didn't pay his state taxes from 2010 and 2011. So California placed a lien on his personal property until the amount is paid off. With almost $25k in back taxes, the question now becomes whether or not Laak can handle this amount.

Rounders 2 is a Go - Where does Mike McDermott go from WSOP?

It's been a long time since the original Rounders movie hit theaters - 15 years to be exact. And during this time, a lot of poker enthusiasts have been calling for a sequel to be made. It looks like these people are finally going to get their wish after Miramax and the Weinstein brothers, Bob and Harvey, signed a deal.

WSOP Champ Ryan Riess on ESPN College Gameday

Well Ryan Riess certainly hasn't wasted any time in gaining a little mainstream fame. The 2013 WSOP Main Event champ recently appeared on ESPN College Gameday to make his prediction on the B1G Football Championship Game.

This game pitted Michigan State University against the Ohio State Buckeyes, with the Big 10 Championship on the line. Seeing as how Riess graduated from Michigan State, it's little surprise that he picked his Spartans to win 30-27. He added that if MSU could hold the Buckeyes to less than 200 rushing yards combined, they had a great chance to win.

Why WSOP made Right move by alternating European and Australian Events

Recently, the World Series of Poker announced a major shakeup by alternating their European and Asia-Pacific events. The WSOP APAC will run next year at Melbourne's Crown Casino while the WSOP Europe won't take place again until 2015.

This came as somewhat of a shock because, all along, the WSOP had been talking expansion, expansion, expansion. Their ambitious goal was to create a "Grand Slam" of poker, where the Vegas, European, Australian and African(?) events all combined to determine a Player of the Year.

Is Jay Farber the Next Chris Moneymaker?

It's been almost a month now since Jay Farber took second place in the 2013 WSOP Main Event and collected $5,174,357. But the poker world is still talking about the amateur, including everything from his interview with TMZ to his limited poker experience before the Main Event. Given all of the buzz that's currently surrounding Farber, it' time to ask this question: Is he the next Chris Moneymaker?

WSOP Champ Mike "Little Man" Sica passes Away

This week was a very sad one for the poker world as WSOP champ Mike "Little Man" Sica passed away at age 69. He was diagnosed with cancer back in April and quit playing poker in order to undergo chemotherapy.

During his last few months, Sica reflected on how he found out about his cancer and what led him to this fatal disease. "I had come back from playing at the Borgata and had a bad pain in my neck," he said. "After the doctors ran some tests, they told me it was cancer."

WSOP Champ Ryan Riess is a Rarity with his Decision to buck a Sponsorship Deal

In recent years, we've been able to count on three things: death, taxes, and the WSOP Main Event champ whoring out their sponsor at the final table.

A long line of Main Event champs, from Chris Moneymaker to Jonathan Duhamel, have proudly worn PokerStars patches while hoisting the diamond-encrusted bracelet above their heads. This year, it seemed likely that an 888poker-sponsored player would be winning the Main Event, with many of their patches present. But in the end, it was the one guy who completely bucked a sponsorship deal of any kind that took home the $8,361,570 top prize.