poker http://michiganradio.org en Watch Michigan native Ryan Riess win the World Series of Poker http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-michigan-native-ryan-riess-win-world-series-poker <p>Championship Poker is like a major sporting event - cheering fans adorned with big block letter T-shirts, and silly hats in the stands - play by play and color announcers - corporate sponsors - and broadcasts on ESPN.</p><p>Twenty-three year old Michigan native Ryan Riess won the the championship early this morning in Las Vegas.</p><p>His "World Series of Poker" title came with an&nbsp;$8,361,570 payout. A pretty good return after paying $10,000 to enter his first match.</p><p>You can watch the winning moment <a href="http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:9934053">here </a>(An Ace and King of hearts took the pot).</p><p><script src="http://player.espn.com/player.js?playerBrandingId=4ef8000cbaf34c1687a7d9a26fe0e89e&adSetCode=91cDU6NuXTGKz3OdjOxFdAgJVtQcKJnI&pcode=1kNG061cgaoolOncv54OAO1ceO-I&width=576&height=324&externalId=espn:9934053&thruParam_espn-ui[autoPlay]=false&thruParam_espn-ui[playRelatedExternally]=true"></script></p><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/world-series-poker-champ-a-hustler-from/6dd7f6f9aad049b2a9f24524afe2a0b0">Associated Press</a> has more on how Riess got his start:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">Riess' parents say that like many poker players, their son always had a head for numbers. As a 14-year-old, he became obsessed with poker after watching amateur Chris Moneymaker win the main event.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">"In my basement, I had a $10 home game that I ran twice a week, just playing with my friends. I won all the time, which I thought was kind of weird, so I thought maybe I should do this more often," he said, sipping beer from a can moments after his win.</p></blockquote><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Riess grew up in Watertown, Michigan. He joins Michigan natives Tom "<span style="background-color: rgb(249, 249, 249); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.1875px; text-align: -webkit-center; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Grand Rapids Tom"&nbsp;</span>McEvoy and Joe Cada&nbsp;as past poker champions.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:18:01 +0000 Mark Brush 15166 at http://michiganradio.org Watch Michigan native Ryan Riess win the World Series of Poker Crackdown on Michigan charity poker rooms brings backlash http://michiganradio.org/post/crackdown-michigan-charity-poker-rooms-brings-backlash <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Poker's rise in popularity has helped Michigan's charities and civic groups stay afloat at a time of dwindling donations from elsewhere.<br /><br />And <a href="http://www.pokernewsdaily.com/michigan-charitable-poker-room-supporters-come-out-in-force-to-support-industry-24977/">efforts to rein in a charitable gambling industry </a>that has grown more than 20-fold in a decade are sparking backlash.<br /> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 16:22:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15097 at http://michiganradio.org Crackdown on Michigan charity poker rooms brings backlash