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Wednesday
Nov062013

World Series of Poker Players, Still in Their 20s, Score Millions

iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- A 23-year-old wearing a Detroit Lions jersey and sporting a shaggy haircut walked away from a Las Vegas poker table Tuesday a multi-millionaire, but Ryan Reiss was not the only 20-something to strike it rich on poker.

In fact, six of the top 10 finalists at the World Series of Poker were in their 20s, though all were older than Reiss.

Before Reiss emerged victorious in the final round against 28-year-old Jay Farber, for which he took home $8.3 million, the young guns below all had their chance at the biggest prize in the poker world:

Ryan Riess, 23


Riess took home the $8.3 million jackpot Tuesday night. The East Lansing-born, Las Vegas-living professional poker player has a graduate degree in business from Michigan State University.

Jay Farber, 28

Farber plays for fun, and Tuesday night, he had fun all the way till the end of the World Series of Poker, losing to Reiss in the final round and netting $5 million in prize money. For his actual career, Farber is a VIP host in Las Vegas. Also probably fun.

Sylvain Loosli, 26


He’s an up-and-coming French poker whiz who gained entry into the tournament and walked away with $2.8 million.

Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, 25

Canadian resident McLaughlin has qualified for the main event for five years running, but made his highest showing this year. McLaughlin won $1.6 million at Tuesday’s tournament.

David Benefield, 27

Benefield’s status as part-time poker play and part-time student didn’t seem to hinder him from making it to the final rounds of play in this year’s World Series of Poker. The Fort Worth, Texas, native and New York City resident came in with just under $1 million.

Mark Newhouse, 28

Newhouse is a powerhouse. The 28-year-old from Chapel Hill, N.C., and now Los Angeles has won more than $2 million in live poker tournament winnings. Tuesday night he took home $733,224.

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