Young says he does not consider himself an Omaha expert, despite recently winning an Omaha event for a gold ring
Maxwell Young has become a bit of an expert in winning a WSOP Circuit gold ring. Only recentlyy, the player from Seaside, Oregon won his sixth gold piece from the series.
Young won earlier this week the $400 Pot-Limit Omaha, or Event #6 on the schedule of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica. In addition to the shiny piece, he also scooped a first-place prize of $11,456.
Young jumped into the tournament’s final day as the chip leader. He was closely followed by another former gold ring winner – Blake Whittington. The latter was running for his fourth piece.
The two players kept dominating action at the final table all the way down to the heads-up duel. However, it was namely Young who was always one step ahead.
His quest for the title was quite the challenge. He had to cope with the likes of Ari Engel and Terry Moore. As mentioned earlier, none of these two seasoned poker pros faced Young heads-up, though.
The $400 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha drew 124 entrants to the poker tables of Horseshoe Tunica. The event’s field generated a prize pool of $40,920. There were payouts for the top 15 finishers, min-cashes starting from $691.
Down to two players, Young had to battle against Whittington for the title and the gold ring. The match began with Young holding the majority of chips left in play. The player never really lost his edge throughout the battle.
On what turned out to be the final hand of the event, Whittington went all in after the flop delivered [8s][3s][5h]. Young called and turned over [Ah][Ad][4c][2c] to Whittington’s [Qh][8h][7h][4s]. A [Jc] turn and [Ks] river sealed it for Young. Whittington hit the rail for the runner-up’s payout of $7,082.
Commenting on his most recent triumph, Young said that “it was really nice to win an Omaha event.” However, does not consider himself an Omaha expert, even though he has a bit of history playing the game. He also said that he feels that his game has improved significantly.
Horseshoe Tunica is the penultimate stop on the schedule of the current WSOP Circuit season. While players are grinding to secure a seat into the season-ending Global Casino Championship, Young has already secured his participation in that tournament of tournaments.
After the end of the Horseshoe Tunica on May 6, the WSOP Circuit will then head to New Orleans for the final season 2018-2019 stop. That final poker festival will take place from May 9 through May 20.