Justin Young Continues Success At Seminole Hard Rock, Wins $2,200 Eight-Max

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, FL 
Event 11
$2,200 Eight-Max No-Limit Hold’em
Entries: 170 
Prize Pool: $340,000 
April 12, 2018 

Justin Young picks up another win at Seminole Hard Rock in the $2,200 Eight-Max

Justin Young is a poker pro from Las Vegas, but he’s put up some impressive results on his trips to South Florida.

Two years ago, he won the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $669,161 and he won the $2,200 eight-max no-limit in the early hours of Friday morning, less than 10 hours before the kickoff of the same event he won two years ago.

Young defeated Matthew Yorra heads-up to best a field of 170 entries and take home $81,795. Young defeated a very talented final table that also featured Zachary Smiley, Barry Hutter, Nadya Magnus and Dylan Wilkerson. This was Yorra’s second final table of the series after his win in the $570 six-max no-limit hold’em earlier in the series.

Despite the stakes and the immense amount of talent at the final table, the atmosphere felt closer to that of a home game. Drinks were flowing and laughs were being shared throughout.

“I would like to think this is like a normal final table for me,” said Young. “But no, it was pretty special because there was a handful of guys here drinking and having a good time. It was great.”

The win is just the latest on an extensive poker resume for the North Carolina native. His latest win was the 11th outright win of his career and moved his career earnings over $4.9 million.

His resume is one of the deepest you’ll find in poker with scores all over the country. With his win here in 2016, arguably his first major title, the Seminole Hard Rock holds a special place in his heart. It’s almost his home away from home.

“It does feel that way,” said Young after his win. “I saw the pictures flashing of me winning my title a couple years ago and you know, I wouldn’t say motivation, but it felt nice to have a reminder I suppose.”

This was the last event before the kickoff of that same WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown main event on Friday morning. With Young just getting into town and starting off the series with a ‘W,’ he’s coming into Friday’s action feeling strong.

“It’s absolutely a real thing,” said Young when asked about the concept of momentum in poker. “Not just because I won, but momentum carries into confidence and having confidence in poker tournaments is absolutely imperative. It’s a real thing and I believe in it.”

The overall field was one of the toughest of the series thus far, with plenty of top pros getting into town just before the main event and taking a shot at another high-stakes tournament.

Young’s win wraps up the final day of preliminary events. Cards get back in the air on Friday at 11 a.m. for Day 1A of the $3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown main event.

The top 22 spots made the money and here is a look at the results:

1st: Justin Young – $81,795
2nd: Matthew Yorra – $54,531
3rd: Pablo Fernandez – $39,724
4th: Zachary Smiley – $29,371
5th: Barry Hutter – $22,047
6th: Nadya Magnus – $16,805
7th: Ted McNamara – $13,011
8th: Dylan Wilkerson – $10,234
9th: Jorge Cuesta – $8,180
10th: Jason James – $8,180
11th: Daniel Quick – $6,646
12th: Art Peacock – $6,646
13th: Evan Teitelbaum – $5,490
14th: Paul Fisher – $5,490
15th: Peter Vitantonio – $4,612
16th: Marc MacDonnell – $4,612
17th: Matthew Lambrecht – $3,942
18th: Zachary Donovan – $3,942
19th: Jeremy Ausmus – $3,942
20th: Dylan Linde – $3,942
21st: Victor Figueroa – $3,429
22nd: John Dolan – $3,429

Event 11: Justin Young Wins $2,200 Eight-Max ($81,795), Matthew Yorra – 2nd Place ($54,531)

$2,200 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | PayoutsStructure
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 170

Justin Young

Matthew Yorra moved all in for about 400,000 and Justin Young called out of the big blind.

Yorra showed 9c4h and needed some help against Young’s Jc7c.

The board ran out AdKs3dQsJh and Young won the pot with a pair of jacks. Yorra finished runner-up for $54,531 at his second final table of the series.

Young earned $81,795 and the trophy for the win.

Justin Young – $2,200 Eight-Max No-Limit Hold’em Champion
Matthew Yorra – Eliminated 

Matthew Yorra

Event 11: Justin Young Doubles Into Heads-Up Chip Lead

$2,200 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | PayoutsStructure
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 170

Matthew Yorra raised on the button and Justin Young moved all in out of the big blind for 1,065,000. Yorra called.

Yorra showed AcKd and had Young’s Kh9h dominated.

The board ran out KcJhTs5h4h and Young hit running hearts to double up and move into the chip lead.

Justin Young – 2,130,000
Matthew Yorra – 425,000

Event 11: Pablo Fernandez – 3rd Place ($39,724)

$2,200 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | PayoutsStructure
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 170

Pablo Fernandez

Pablo Fernandez moved all in from the small blind and Matthew Yorra was in the big blind with 605,000.

“I haven’t looked yet,” said Yorra. “Are you ready?”

Yorra looked at his hand and then snap-called. Yorra showed AcAh and was in great shape against Fernandez’s KcQd.

The board ran out 9d8d5c5h3c and Yorra doubled up.

A couple hands later, Justin Young limped in on the button and Fernandez moved all in out of the small blind for 300,000. Yorra called and Young folded.

Fernandez showed Ah6s and needed a three-outer against Yorra’s As9s.

The board ran out Jd5s2d7cTc and Yorra won the pot to eliminate Fernandez in third place for $39,724. Yorra takes a slight chip lead into heads-up play against Young.

Matthew Yorra – 1,500,000
Pablo Fernandez – Eliminated 

Event 11: Zachary Smiley – 4th Place ($29,371)

$2,200 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | PayoutsStructure
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 170

Zachary Smiley

There was a dead button and Zachary Smiley moved all in from under the gun for about 300,000 and Matthew Yorra moved all in from the cutoff for about 400,000.

Yorra showed AdKc and dominated Smiley’s Kd9s.

The board ran out Qc8d5hJd7d and Yorra won the pot with ace-high to eliminate Smiley in fourth place for $29,371.

Matthew Yorra – 770,000
Zachary Smiley – Eliminated