Main Event: Jason Young Dominates Final Table to Win WPTDeepStacks Title

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guarantee

Entries:  1,634
Prize Pool:  $1,584,980
January 17-22, 2019

South Florida Main Event goes down as second largest on WPTDeepStacks record, Seminole Hard Rock owns the top four turnouts in the tour’s history

The WPTDeepStacks Main Event headlined the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open schedule and it had a great turnout. The 1,634 combined entries created the second biggest field in the tour’s history with more than $260,000 set aside for first place. WSOP bracelet winner Jason Young came to the final table with a big lead and dominated to win the WPTDeepStacks title after defeating Leif Force heads-up.

“Oh man, it’s been a long journey to get back here,” Young said of the win. “There’s been a lot of stuff that’s gone on in my life over the last five-six years, that I didn’t think I’d ever be back in a position like this.”

“I’m rarely speechless, and I don’t even know how to process my thoughts just quite yet about everything.”

The Main Event had a $1,000,000 guarantee and the big turnout pushed the prize pool up to $1,584,980. The last 205 players were set to make the money with 322 advancing to Day 2.

They were near the money before the first break on Day 2 and a double knockout during hand-for-hand play burst the bubble. Day 2 came to end and when the Main Event reached 27 players and Chilean pro Nick Yunis bagged up the lead going into Day 3.

Young was in the middle of the pack at the restart but began to move up the counts as the day progressed. They formed the unofficial final table with ten players remaining and he had pulled himself into the lead. Yunis’ run came to an end in tenth place and the WPTDeepStacks live-stream final table was set with Young holding that big lead.

“This was fun. This was like a picnic.” Young said about his final table chip lead. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a spot like this and I wasn’t going to get rattled by anything…not today.”

Playing from nine players to a winner, the matter was settled in less than four hours. UK’s Paul James Hizer picked up aces in two big, early hands to send Stephen Ibrahim and Eddy Sabat out to start the day. Young took his turn with the knockouts when he eliminated Quinn Bruno and Pedro Aldave.

He held onto the lead until he was heads-up with Force, the other WSOP bracelet winner at the final table. Force doubled into the lead but it did not last long. Young doubled back when his tens flopped a set against jacks and the Main Event was over soon after.

“I’m going to celebrate this win with my daughter Kaeley and my family,” Young said about his title. “I can’t even possibly begin to think of what’s going to happen next right now. I’m just so happy that I can finally take a breath.”

Force earned $183,540 for his runner-up result while Young earned $263,205 which includes his WPTDeepStacks Championship package.

Final table results:

1st: Jason Young – $263,205 + LHPO trophy
2nd: Leif Force – $183,540
3rd: Paul James Hizer – $119,820
4th: Kevin Chan – $89,000
5th: David Inselberg – $66,760
6th: Pedro Aldave – $53,785
7th: Quinn Bruno – $43,930
8th: Eddy Sabat – $34,125
9th: Stephen Ibrahim – $26,025

WPTDeepStacks Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event results

Main Event: Jason Young Defeats Leif Force for the Title

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Live Stream
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante

Leif Force opened his button to 1,000,000 and Jason Young called to the 9h4d2h flop. Young checked, Force bet 1,200,000 and Young called. The turn was Ks and Young checked again. Force bet 2,200,000 and Young check-raised to 7,000,000.

Force called and Young shoved after the 8c river. Force called all in for his last 7,000,000 and the hands were tabled.

Force showed ThTd but it was second best to Young’s KcJs. Young took the pot, all the chips, and the WPTDeepStacks Main Event title.

Force earned $183,540 for his runner-up finish while Young banked $260,205 along with the $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package.

1st: Jason Young – $260,205 + $3,000 WPTDS Championship Package
2nd: Leif Force – $183,540

Main Event: Jason Young Doubles Back

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Live Stream
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,634

Jason Young

Jason Young opened to 1,000,000 from the button and Leif Force three-bet to 2,500,000. Young put in a fourth bet for 7,500,000 and Force moved all in. Young called and was the player at risk.

Young: TsTd
Force: JcJs

Young was in a lot of trouble and called for a ten-ball. Then got it right on the KhTc4s flop to take a huge lead. The 8c turn changed nothing and Young doubled back after the Ac river.

Jason Young – 39,500,000 (99 bb)
Leif Force – 9,500,000 (24 bb)

Main Event: Leif Force Doubles into the Lead

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Live Stream
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,634

Leif Force

Leif Force limped his button and Jason Young checked to see the 7c4d3d flop. Both players checked and the turn was 5s. Young bet 600,000 and Force raised to 1,800,000. Young announced all in and Force called for 14,175,000.

Force: 8d6h
Young: 6c2d

It was a cooler for Young with the bottom end of the straight versus Force with the nut straight. The 9s river completed the board and Force had his double into the lead.

Leif Force – 29,550,000 (74 bb)
Jason Young – 19,450,000 (49 bb)

Main Event: Heads-Up Counts

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Live Stream
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,634

The clock was paused so the production crew could reset the table for heads-up play. Jason Young and Leif Force were given a small break and will return to play it out for the title.

Jason Young – 34,975,000 (117 bb)
Leif Force – 14,025,000 (47 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $260,205 + $3,000 WPTDS Championship Package
2nd: $183,540