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Justin Young Takes Down WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Mike Shariati Crowned WPT Player of the Year

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  • PG News April 21, 2016
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Justin Young (cover image) was the ultimate champion of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (SHRPS) and took home $669,161 in prize money. Young overcame a final table stacked with notables, such as Garrett Greer, who has four WPT final-table finishes and was aggressively seeking his first title. Greer finally made a second place finish for $458,722.

Mike Shariati made a 21st place in the WPT SHRPS for $30,228 and collected the WPT Player of the Year title, besides making a total of $1.3 million with three different cashes across Season 14 of the WPT.


WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

A huge entry-crowd of 1,222 players thronged the WPT SHRPS event and defeating them all, Justin Young collected the title for $669,161. This includes a seat to the prestigious $15,000 buy-in Monster WPT Tournament of Champions.

Young remarked that after a day off with his family in South Florida, he would be returning for the event and said, “It’s going to be a tough field, which I’m looking forward to.”

Going back and seeing all of the past champions of the WPT’s, and since mine is so fresh, it’s going to be a nice moment,” he added.

The final day began with the eliminations of William Foxen in 10th place ($49,627), Cate Hall at ninth place ($65,404), Andrey Plotnikov in eighth place ($87,880) and Sam Soverel in seventh place ($110,357), leaving an official final table of six.


Final Table Recap

49 hands and over two hours of play into the final table, the first elimination was witnessed with Ben Tarzia going out at sixth place, busted by Hyoung Chae. Shortly thereafter, Tim Reilly was out at fifth place.

It took another 70 hands more for Matt Haugen to hit the rails at fourth place, ousted by Young.

Three-handed play lasted only 26 hands and Greer railed Chae at third place, leaving Greer with the lead before the heads up duel began.

Greer increased the lead to a 2 to 1 advantage, but Young quickly doubled up to reverse the situation. The final hand saw Greer with a superior ace-eight against Young’s king-jack. Both flopped a pair, but Greer held the upper hand with ace-pair. The river changed it giving Young a two pair and his first WPT title.


Final Table Results

1.Justin Young – $669,161

2. Garrett Greer – $458,722

3. Hyoung Chae – $297,336

4. Matt Haugen – $220,207

5. Tim Reilly – $164,113

6. Ben Tarzia – $132,560


WPT Season 14 Player Of The Year – Mike Shariati

Mike Shariati claimed the WPT Player of the Year title, collecting a customized luxury Hublot watch, the WPT Player of the Year package, plus hotel accommodation and ground transport for all WPT events he will play next season.

Mike Shariati
Mike Shariati

In all, Shariati had a great Season 14, collecting a total of $1.3 million from three finishes. He first won the Legends of Poker $3,700 Main Event for $675,942 in September, 2015. In March 2016, Shariati made a runner-up finish at the L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Main Event out of 515 entries for an almost equal sum of $656,540.

Shariati finally made a 21st place in the WPT SHRPS for $30,228, clinching enough points to collect the Player of the Year award.

With this, Shariati joins the elite list of past WPT Player of the Year winners, Daniel Negreanu (Season 3), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (Season 7), Faraz Jaka (Season 8), and Anthony Zinno (Season 13).

Cover Image Courtesy: World Poker Tour

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