2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
$360 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Total Entries: 124
Total Prize Pool: $37,200
In the early hours of Thursday morning, Bradley Young took down the $360 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event in a four-way deal. Young bested a field of 124 entrants to take home $7,194.
Young has been on fire in the early goings of this series and has been a part of two chops in as many days. On Tuesday evening, he was a part of the three-handed chop of the $570 No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha double black chip bounty event. He took home second place money for $6,821.
On Wednesday, however, he comes out on top of the deal and leaves with the trophy and slightly more cash.
“It’s awesome,” said Young. “I exceeded expectations for sure.”
At the outset of the final table, Young was one of the bigger stacks. He was constantly applying pressure to his opponents and seemed to generally be trending upward all night long.
When play got down to the final four players, one player brought up a chop possibility. After agreeing on the numbers, Young had a massive chip lead on the other three players and took credit for the win.
Young admittedly hasn’t had much experience playing the game and credits to some of his success in today’s event from running deep in yesterday’s mix event.
“I got a little more comfortable with the pot limit format I think,” said Young. “Yesterday helped a lot because I don’t get to play pot limit a lot. Really not at all except in these tournaments.”
While he lacks experience in this specific variant. He’s got plenty of experience Omaha hi-lo.
“I’ve played mix before, but mostly eight-or-better. That’s primarily what I play. Sometimes a little seven-card stud, but I haven’t gotten to play that in a while.
The 55-year-old recruiter was raised in Boise, ID, but has lived in New York City for the last 36 years. He cut his teeth in New York’s underground scene before many of the clubs got shut down.
It wasn’t until his local clubs got shut down that he started dabbling in tournaments.
“I used to play a lot in New York,” said Young. “I used to play a lot of cash back in the day, back in the Mayfair days. I pretty much just stopped playing cash because I didn’t have the best results and then they shut down all the clubs and stuff.”
Now, when Young is in New York, he focuses mostly on his day job and doesn’t play much poker. When he feels like playing poker, he gets on a plane and heads to South Florida and the Seminole Hard Rock.
“I really only play tournaments down here,” said Young. “Once in a great while, I’ll play at Borgata, but I pretty much just play down here. It’s always great to come here.”
Here is a look at the results:
1st: Bradley Young – $7,194
2nd: George Korsavin – $6,192
3rd: Benjamin Warren – $6,192
4th: Marc Levy – $5,192
5th: David McClure – $2,492
6th: John Holley – $1,994
7th: Kenneth Corl – $1,659
8th: Michael Newman – $1,328
9th: Brandon Ageloff – $997
10th: Ross Ruby – $725
11th: Ted Selby – $725
12th: Daniel Li – $725
13th: Bradley Ruben – $595
14th: Arturo Garcia – $595
15th: Robert Wachtel – $595