World Series of Poker 2013 Champion Ryan Riess, like Johnny Chan before him, chased those hoop dreams off the felt this weekend when he was tapped to be one of 27 “celebrities” that participated in the Josh Hutcherson Celebrity Basketball Game as a part of the festivities of the Nike 3-on-3 tournament in Los Angeles.
The 6-foot-something Detroit poker pro ran the court with former NFL wideout Terrell Owens, “Kick-Ass” and “SuperBad” actor Christopher “McLovin” Mintz-Plasse, title celebrity Josh Hutcherson from “The Hunger Games” franchise and ton of other “celebs” we’ve never heard of. It wasn’t just fun and games though, they were raising money for charity.
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The celebrity game was geared to promote and donate money to Hutcherson’s charity of choice, “Straight But Not Narrow”, an organization aimed at educating teens and pre-teens on how to support their LGBT peers.
Ryan stands next to teammate, Terrell Owens.
In the end Riess’ team, Team White, won the game 78-55. No box score yet on how many buckets the champ contributed though.
Here’s the closing minute of the game and while Riess is on the sideline when the game is called, you can see him slapping hi-fives on the court.