Professional Poker star Ryan Young dies

Hearing of anyone passing away is sad. It’s even worse when they are young. Regrettably young poker professional Ryan Young has passed away after a car accident. He was 28.

With an excellent reputation on the tournament circuit in the USA, Young first came into the fray during the 2005 Mirage Poker Showdown schedule. He finished in 18th place, before entering the WSOP cash later in the year after he finished in 58th place in a $2,000 NLHE tournament.

Every poker player has a tough job finding their feet, and Ryan was no exception. And yet his skill helped him do so in a mere two years.

After a disappointing 2006, Young had the greatest success of his career in 2007, cashing in at a whopping 11 events. He made it into the championships of one of the $1,500 NLHE tournaments, and in winning that final table, gained the $615,955 first place prize.

Two years later, in 2008, he first cashed out on the World Poker Tour, and finished in 54th place at the Borgata Winter Open in Atlantic City, NJ. The same year he even took the championship of the Wynn Classic.

In his short years playing professionally, he made an impressive $1.67 million on the tournament poker circuit.

Since the announcement of his tragic passing, which was made via Twitter, there’s been an outpouring of sadness from the poker world. And not just from younger players. Veteran pro J.C. Tran commented on Twitter:

“Was hoping it wasn’t true but I guess it is. Sad to see such a great kid go so soon. It was an honor to know you, Ryan… Rest in peace.”

While the poker world, his friends and family mourn his passing, we’ll endeavour to remember him for his great achievements, and the vibrant and good natured man he was.

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