Flirting with poker since childhood, but having natural aptitudes for math and a discipline strengthen in the US Army, Justin Grant Young is a real life story having poker as a decisive role. With more than $5 million in earnings so far in over 15 years of poker activity, and especially in World Poker Tour tournaments, we may say that Justin is an example of devotion to the pleasure of poker playing and winning, of being the first.
Very short biography
Justin Grant Young was born in Moorhead City, North Carolina, USA, in 1980.
His mother was an interior decorator and his father an entrepreneur and former member of the folk band Serendipity Singers. Despite the abundance of music and art in his home, these things did not influence his childhood and did not captivate young Young. Instead, he liked strategy games, especially chess, which he learned when he was 4-5 years old.
He worked during school, and he attended the North Carolina State University, where he obtained a degree in mechanical engineering. His knowledge and skills have been used by the United States Army for many years, and the logical thinking and math skills required for that job were helpful to him when he started playing poker.
He learned to play poker at 8 years old from his father, who used to participate in various games organized locally, and over the years, he fell in love with this game, but as an adult, he took poker more seriously and began to play regularly, especially at the cash tables of East Coast casinos. The moment that decisively influenced his decision to play professional poker was when Robert Varkonyi won the 2002 WSOP Main Event. Justin watched that televised final table countless times, and when he was 21, he said he could play equally well, if not better.
Poker, from hobby to lifestyle
As an improvement to his poker game, Young decided to try to play in live tournaments and since 2004, he began to go to Las Vegas. He also won the Bellagio Weekly tournament with a $1,000 buy-in, where he earned $45,396. The following year, he played in Tunica at the 6th edition of the annual Jack Binion World Poker Open tournament where he won an event.
In 2006, he played many events and found success at the Festa al Lago tournament series in Las Vegas, where he earned $113,865 at the $2,500 NLHE tournament. An encouraging substantial earning. In the following years, he played at more and more tournaments, consistently winning awards, and in February 2008, he won the Deep Stack Extravaganza tournament in Las Vegas, where he earned $42,263. His first travel to Europe was at EPT Barcelona, season 6, where he finished 4th on the €1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em tournament, earning €10,600. At the end of 2008, he achieved the most important success of his career, if we consider the money earned ($936,760) because, unfortunately, he finished second at the $15,000 + 400 NLHE entry tournament at Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Las Vegas. David Rheem was the winner of that tournament. But below him, there are Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Helmuth or even Doyle Brunson…
He consistently participates in traditional WPT and WSOP tournaments, where he constantly cashes-in. In addition, he also plays HORSE tournaments now. In 2011, he moved to Vegas with his wife, currently residing in Henderson, Nevada. In May 2011, he participated in Five Star World Poker Classic and finished 6th at the $25,000 WPT Championship tournament at Bellagio, earning $225,654. Another notable moment was in October 2011, when he won the main event at the Festa al Lago tournament, defeating Sameer Aljanedi at heads-up. As a result of this success, $374,590 went to his account.
At the age of 36, he had one of the most important career accomplishments in his life. He played at the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event, where he outran a field of 1222 players on his way to the $669,161 granted to the winner. By the end of the same year, 2016, he also won the DeepStack Extravaganza IV tournament, earning $121,712.
According to pokerdb.thehendonmob.com, in his career so far, Justin won awards in 172 tournaments, gathering experience, money and the pleasure of playing. Three years were very prolific for him: 2008, 2011 and 2016. I am convinced he still has a lot to show. We will follow his career closely and keep you up to date with his results.
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