Each year, the winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event is unofficially deemed a poker ambassador. Some champions — like Chris Moneymaker and Joe Hachem — relished the mantle and did their best to promote the game, while others — i.e. Pius Heinz and Greg Merson — preferred to remain low key. If a recent social media post is any indication, this year’s champ is taking the responsibility seriously and plans to remain in the poker spotlight for as long as he can.
“I put together a high roller package for the PCA, Aussie Millions, and the WPT World Championship.,” Riess said in a Facebook post. “It includes 2-100ks, 2-25ks, 1-15k, and 3-10ks. I am selling the package at $3250 for every 1%. If you may be interested in buying a piece please let me know. Thanks and good luck us!!”
Obviously Riess has the bankroll to play in high rollers, but it would appear the Michigan native prefers to practice bankroll management and reduce variance by selling shares. "I don't know about playing in any $100K's unless I sell action," Riess said after winning the Main Event.
Whatever his motivation, one thing is for sure — poker fans can expect to see Riess at all the major stops in early 2014 beginning with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. This year’s PCA will return to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and consist of 39 events in January, including a $10 million guarantee Main Event.
The $100,000 Super High Roller will kick off the festival on Jan. 5, the $10,300 Main Event will begin on Jan. 7, and the $25,500 High Roller will begin on Jan. 11. The complete 2014 PCA schedule can be found on the PCA website, and once again PokerNews will be on hand to provide coverage of the Main Event, High Roller, and Super High Roller.
As far as the 2014 Aussie Millions is concerned, the 20-event festival will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 23 and run through Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. It’ll begin with the AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em event that features three starting days. In addition, a AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator event, AU$25,000 Challenge, AU$100,000 Challenge, AU$250,000 Challenge, and AU$10,000 Main Event all grace the schedule. The largest tournament in the Southern Hemisphere — the AU$10,000 Aussie Millions Main Event, will take place starting on Sunday, Feb. 2 and will run through Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.
Finally, Riess will be at the 15,000 buy-in World Poker Tour World Championship in May, which will take place outside of Bellagio in Las Vegas for the first time as it has been moved to the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.