Ryan Riess rocketed to the top of the poker world when he won the 2013 WSOP Main Event. He’s improved as player over the last four years and won his first World Poker Tour title in April. Riess traveled to Monte Carlo and Montreal for live events but while in Canada he picked up the largest cash of his online career.
“It’s my biggest ever online score,” Riess said on Thursday. “I really wanted the SCOOP title but I guess that will have to wait.”
I just recorded my biggest online score lifetime!!! pic.twitter.com/lJm40CCV4s
— Ryan Riess (@RyanRiess1) May 11, 2017
He struck a heads-up deal with “anti-durrrr” in SCOOP Event #12 – High $1,050 No Limit Hold’em that gave Riess $186,982 and his opponent $200,000, leaving $20,000 on the table for the winner. It was a two-day event that drew 1,408 entrants and generated a $1.4 million prize pool.
Riess plays under the online name “MrMaximize” and it seems that his PokerStars screenname was not well-known.
@RyanRiess1 Congrats, but doubt you'll be able to keep your screenname a secret any more lol!
— Cliff Josephy (@JohnnyBaxPoker) May 11, 2017
Riess returned home to Michigan, returns to Windsor on Sunday to play online and then finishes out SCOOP from Montreal on May 16th – leading into the World Series of Poker. “I’m playing it [WSOP] as it comes,” he said. “I’ll be playing all of the No Limit [events] and a few Mixed Games.”