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  • Professional Poker Player Ryan Young Passes Away in Car Accident

    Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 by Ryan

With all of the hype going around with the World Series of Poker and The Big One for One Drop, as well as the new deal between the United States Department of Justice and PokerStars, it’s important to note that things aren’t always wonderful and exciting int he world of poker. This especially stands true when anyone passes away, which is what happened when it was reported yesterday that a young professional poker player had passed away. This player is 28 year old Ryan Young, and another young pro Jared Hamby broke the news on Twitter by stating that “Ryan Young passed away in a car accident. RIP to a great player and person.” Brent Hanks tweeted about it soon after, and it left the poker world in shock.

There were many players who mentioned Young on Twitter including Daniel Negreanu who stated that he not only liked him, but also talked about when he played at this year’s World Series of Poker Championship Event with him. Vanessa Selbst, J.C. Tran, John Racener, Bernard Lee, Shannon Shorr, and Randy Dorfman were just a few of the other players who made statements about Young and the awful news of him passing away. He had been known as an incredibly nice player and person overall, and also as a strong poker player also.

He first came onto the live poker scene back in 2005 when he played in the Mirage Poker Showdown’s preliminary event, and finished in 18th place in what was a $2,500 entry No Limit Hold’em event. After that, it was just a few months later that he was able to pull in his first career World Series of Poker cash, when he finished in 58th place at a $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event on the schedule.

He continued grinding out results after that, and even though he struggled a bit in 2006, he turned it back around in 2007. Over the year he cashed in 11 different events, and at the WSOP that year he started with a cash in a Six Handed No Limit Hold’em event, and then made a push towards a gold bracelet at a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament. He ended up winning the tournament beating Nam Le and Dustin Dirksen on his way to the title, and took down an impressive first place pay day of $615,955.

The very next year in 2008 came his first World Poker Tour success. It began with a 54th place finish at the Borgata Winter Open in Atlantic City, and he also won the Wynn Classic in 2008 as well. This set him up for a pay day worth $355,020, and when he headed to the World Series of Poker after that he brought in four additional cashes. He was definitely a big name on the live poker tournament scene now. Throughout his entire career he has brought in $1.67 million in live tournament cashes, and he’s also won that previously mentioned gold bracelet as well.

The funeral arrangements for Young have yet to be announced.

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