Poker Pro Ryan Young Dies at Age 28
The poker world is in mourning today after hearing that one of their own, professional poker player Ryan Young, has died in a car accident at the age of 28. The first announcements of his death surfaced on twitter, where Jared Hamby said “If you are a poker player and haven’t heard the awful news yet, Ryan Young passed away in a car accident. RIP to a great player and person.”
Hamby’s message was soon followed by expressions of grief and respect from other players, including Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, and many other players.
Young was an exciting poker player to watch. He was talkative, agressive, enthusiastic, and charismatic. He burst on to the tournament scene in 2005, putting in a strong performance at the Mirage Poker Showdown. From there, he went on to have continued success – cashing in eleven events in 2007, and putting in a good show at the World Series of Poker.
It had been a while since his last big win, but he had been consistently cashing in tournaments over the last couple of years, and had $1.67 million in career earnings, which is impressive for such a young age.
Our thoughts are with Ryan Young’s friends and family. There have been no announcements about any funeral arrangements, or public memorials. We hope that everyone will respectfully remember Young’s good life, and spectacular career, and give them time and space to mourn.