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Bracelet Winner Ryan Young Killed in Car Accident
Professional poker player Ryan Young died in a car accident earlier today, according to a wide variety of sources.
Details are still scarce regarding the accident he was involved in but the poker community is already reeling with sadness over the event.
Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu initially broke the news via Twitter and a number of other poker pros confirmed the information.
A native of Torrance, California, Young was known for his friendly demeanor at the poker table and talkative nature.
Young was a very skilled poker player with over $1.6 million in lifetime earnings including $615k from winning his first WSOP bracelet in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event in 2007.
Young beat a tough final table that included Dustin Dirksen and Nam Le to claim the title.
Here are several notable figures in poker sharing their thoughts on Young via Twitter:
Really sad news: Poker Pro Ryan Young passed away today. Kid was a character, played with him in the main event this year. RIP Ryan...— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 30, 2012
A real loss for the poker world. Ryan Young was interesting, charismatic, a talker, aggressive, and exciting to watch. I liked him.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 30, 2012
So sad to hear about Ryan Young, he was ALWAYS a pleasure to have at my events.— Matt Savage (@SavagePoker) July 30, 2012
Pretty torn up about Ryan young. Played w Ryan irl since 06' wow what a terrible sad sad day— Tim West (@TheTmay) July 30, 2012
very saddened to hear of the passing of poker player ryan young. Always thought of him as a great player, and an even better guy :(— Chris Moore (@gcnmoo) July 30, 2012
I'm also incredibly sad about Ryan Young's passing. He was a treat to play with---such a vibrant, good-natured kid. Too young for that. RIP.— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) July 30, 2012
PokerListings interviewed Young, who was just 23 at the time, moments after his bracelet victory.
He also finished second to Chris Moore in the $10k Wynn Poker Classic back in 2008.
Primarily a No-Limit Hold’em player Young most recently had a solid 2012 WSOP that saw him win over $40k and make a deep run in the Main Event.
Young also played online and was known by the name youngluck on PokerStars.