Poker World Loses Ryan Young To Car Accident
The poker world was left shocked earlier this week when it emerged that 28-year-old WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Young of Torrance, California, had passed away as a result of a car accident.
Young, who picked up his WSOP title in 2007 after taking down the $1,500 buy-in NLHE event, amassed more than $1.6 million in live cashes throughout his career and was a highly respected player online, where he crushed high stakes sit ‘n’ gos under the poker alias “youngluck”.
Though the precise details of his death have not yet been released publically, Young’s Facebook page has received an outpouring of personal tributes, with fellow poker players Amit Makhija, Bryn Kenney, David Benefield and Jon Turner all sharing their thoughts via social media on Monday.
“So incredibly torn up about Ryan Young’s car accident,” said Makhija. “Was in disbelief when I read the news this morning and was praying it was a bad joke. I was quite close to him for many years and it’s really so sad – he was an amazing friend and a great person. My prayers go out to his family.”
“This is such a shock,” Benefield later posted on Young’s Facebook wall. “You were a great friend, an awesome person and a damn good poker player. I have known you for as long as I have known almost anyone in the poker world and I will miss you dearly.”
Naturally, our condolences go out to all of Young’s friends and family in this difficult time.