Calvin Johnson makes about $16.5 million per year as an All-Pro receiver for the Detroit Lions. Poker player Ryan Riess just made more than half that amount in one night.
The 23-year-old reached poker nirvana on Tuesday, defeating Jay Farber to win the main event at the World Series of Poker and the $8.4 million purse that comes with it. And, being a Michigan native, Riess was wearing a Megatron No. 81 jersey while he operated at the final table.
It may seem crazy for the champion of the world’s most high-profile poker tournament to be just 23 years old, but youth has ruled the competition in recent years. As ESPN Stats & Information points out, every main event winner since 2008 has been under age 25.
Check out Riess with his Megatron jersey and a huge stack of money in the photos below.
Detroit Lions (@DetroitLionsNFL) November 06, 2013
WSOP Main Event: Ryan Riess es el nuevo campeón mundial. Obtuvo u$s 8.539.531 y el brazalete valuado en u$s 500.000. http://t.co/9AeGISNOvd—
Sudamerican Poker (@sudamerican) November 06, 2013
23-year-old Ryan Riess just won the World Series of Poker. His grand-prize is $8,361,570... http://t.co/wJlcpx6khf—
The Sports Wonk (@TheSportsWonk) November 06, 2013