Ryan Riess wins a WPT title four years after his WSOP Main Event win. New version of Libratus same as the old Libratus. Be sure to check out these stories and more in the end of the week Hit and Run.

Ryan Riess Wins His First World Poker Tour Title

Ryan Riess seemingly came out of nowhere four years ago when he won the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event. Now he can add WPT champion to his list of accomplishments after his when in the Seminole Hard Rock finale. Riess beat out a field of 349 players to claim the $716k first place prize.

Riess has had some decent showings since his 2013 win, but nothing like his $8.3 million prize in Las Vegas. He won the equivalent of $102k in February 2016 at the EPT UKIPT in Dublin where he finished 6th in the NLHE High Roller 8-handed event. Despite winning the Main Event and declaring that he was the best player in the world afterward, Riess in retrospect has changed his tune. “I was bad when I won the Main Event.”

Elsewhere at the Seminole Hard Rock, the WPT Tournament of Champions began today with 66 entrants to the $15k buy-in event. Many previous World Poker Tour champions were present at the event:

In other live tournament news, Day 4 at the PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event sees Aymong Hata and Dong Guo neck and neck with 37 players remaining.

Quick Hitters

– Lengpudashi, the revamped Libratus AI, is back to its old tricks – up 347k in chips after the first two days. Three more days remain for the poker playing humans to catch up. Those interested can view the stream here or a recording of some of the action.

888poker is upping the WSOP Main Event prize this summer for those that qualify and win poker’s biggest prize through 888poker. Players that quality via an 888poker WSOP satellite and win the Main Event will have their prize topped out at $10 million. Qui Nguyen’s $8 million prize last year would have been $10 million had he qualified through 888poker.

– In one of his latest YouTube vblogs, Daniel Negreanu gives you the top 5 reasons you are losing at poker (h/t f5 Poker)

– Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day: Part 7/12 on “How to Master MTTs,” takes a look at 3-betting in the middle stages of a tournament.