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Young Edges Greer for WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown Crown
Two former WPT runner-ups squared off heads-up to win the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown last night, but only one could win his first career title.
The massive 1,222=player field had been pared down to just Justin Young, who runnered-up to Chino Rheem at the Bellagio Five Diamond in Season VII, and Garrett Greer, who finished second to Mohsin Charania at the Five Diamond last year.
After building up a 2-1 chip lead, Greer lost a key flip when his fours couldn't hold against Young's A-9 and a rivered two-pair shortly after gave Young the crown.
A long-time pro with over $3.6m in career earnings, Young earned his first WPT title and $669,161 plus a seat in the $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions starting Friday.
Greer, who has four impressive top-8 WPT finishes, earned $458,722 for second place.
“This makes it all worth it,” Young told WPT.com. “I was devastated for a while [after losing to Rheem]. I was mad afterwards, but it was a good experience.”
Shariati Player of the Year
Ninth-place finisher Cate Hall had a chance to claim the WPT Season XIV Player of the Year title with a third-place finish or better but couldn't make it happen.
Mike Shariati, who won the WPT Legends of Poker event and runnered-up the LA Poker Classic, took the POY.
The aforementioned Rheem has a chance to claim his third career WPT title today at the final table of the $10k event. Spain's Adrian Mateos can stake his claim to poker's Triple Claim with a win himself.
Just six players are left; follow along with the live updates today starting at 12 Noon ET.
Final-table results and payouts from the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown:
1st: Justin Young – $669,161
2nd: Garrett Greer – $458,722
3rd: Hyoung Chae – $297,336
4th: Matt Haugen – $220,207
5th: Tim Reilly – $164,113
6th: Ben Tarzia – $132,560
7th: Sam Soverel – $110,357
8th: Andrey Plotnikov – $87,880
9th: Cate Hall – $65,404
10th: William Foxen – $49,627