Max Young Wins WSOP Circuit Main Event in Lake Tahoe for $147K

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Max Young Wins WSOP Circuit Main Event in Lake Tahoe for $147K
10:42
09 Nov

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The second WSOP Circuit victory of Max Young's career was likely the sweetest, as he overcame 458 entries at Harveys Lake Tahoe in Nevada to win the $1,675 Main Event and grab his largest payday of $147,699.

Young's first WSOP ring was won back in February in West Palm Beach, Florida, and in-between he took down the $1,600 Big Stax 1500 at the Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania for $120,930. He has now cashed for more than $500K lifetime.     

The foray into playing poker began for Young as it has for most of us - for the fun of it. He started taking the game more seriously as his talent emerged and the paydays began piling up.

“Some people noticed my game, and they encouraged me to keep working on it," the new Circuit champ told WSOP reporters. "And I have.”

That is certainly obvious, especially to his opponents in Lake Tahoe. Young led in chips after Day 2, thanks in part to a well-timed bluff with only jack-high.

He continued putting on the pressure at the final table, sending several players to the rail such as Cary Marshall (6th) and Jasthi Kumar (3rd). That left only James Carroll standing in Young's way for the championship.

An accomplished pro with more than $2 million in cashes on his resume, Carroll made Young work for the title. But the heads-up battle came to an end when Carroll's A-10 found no help from the board against the pocket tens of Young.


Final Table Results - WSOPC $1,675 Main Event - Harveys Lake Tahoe

1Max Young
$147,699
2James Carroll
$91,323
3Jasthi Kumar
$66,715
4Jed Hoffman
$49,457
5Tony Bracy
$37,194
6Cary Marshall
$28,373
7Justo Avalos
$21,950
8Haran Nagarajan
$17,223
9Victor Paredes
$13,706


Ten Gold Rings

Also of note during the dozen ring events at Harveys was the victory by Valentin Vornicu in Event #12, the $365 Double Stack. Vornicu topped 185 entries to claim $14,429 and the 10th WSOP Circuit ring of his career.

That puts Vornicu atop the all-time ring list in a dead heat with Maurice Hawkins. Five of those rings were won in California, and this was Vornicu's first in Lake Tahoe after six years of trying.


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