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The Round Table - Players to Watch - Jason Young

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He showed up at the WSOP this year as an unknown and won his first bracelet in the $1500 no limit shoot out event. He took home $335,565 for his efforts along with a huge accomplishment on his poker resume.

KL: How did you start playing poker?

Jason:
My grandmother taught me to play 7-card stud when I was 5 years old.  When I turned 21 my dad and I watched poker on TV a lot and decided to give it a shot.  I had some early success and I was hooked after that.

KL: What was the bracelet win like for you?

Jason:
It was UNBELIEVABLE!  The timing of it couldn't have been any better, and the whole 27 and 1/2 hours couldn't have been more surreal.  I still think back wondering if that really happened.  I didn't enjoy myself until we were heads-up and I knew that no matter what I was taking over 200k.  I slept with the bracelet on that night and when I woke up I was nervous to look at my wrist hoping it wasn't a dream.  More than anything it confirmed that I can do this and it gave me some of the necessary bankroll and table credit that I needed to take a real shot at being a professional poker player.

KL: You are a newer player to the game – what are your thoughts on having success so early with such a big win?

Jason:
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade in the win for anything in the world...BUT, it kind of sets a pretty high standard that I have to live up to now.  Literally anything short of a win will be a disappointment from here on out.  I was prepared to wait my lifetime for a shot at a bracelet and I WON one in the first 6 months of playing seriously.  So I will definitely be looking to get back to more final tables FAST!

KL: What are you doing to make sure you have a long life in the game?

Jason:
I never stop asking questions to people that I've met and respect.  I am a sponge when it comes to absorbing all of the information that a lot of big names are trying to give me.  They have been in the game longer than I have and if I can avoid mistakes that they have made, I'm just another step ahead.  I never get too far ahead of myself, when things are running bad I slow down.  I'm also looking into a couple of backing deals that I've been offered.

KL: What is the toughest thing about being a pro player?

Jason:
For me the worst day of being a pro player is better than the best day of being stuck in an office at a job that you are doing just to pay the bills and because it's supposed to be the right thing to do.  Some of the swings you run into as far as the money goes is something that I hope I NEVER get used to.  It’s hard when you go two months without making any money, and seeing your bankroll just do a complete nose-dive.

KL: If you could change anything about poker, or the game what would it be?

Jason:
A lot of tournaments are way to top heavy in my opinion.  I think that a lot of companies and a lot of hotels like to put a big guarantee out there for attention.  Like someone may guarantee 1 million for first and there are people that come in the top 10% of the field over 4 days and just get their money back.

KL: What advice would you give for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Jason:
Stay positive and just continue to do the right thing on and off the felt.  If you play good, it inevitably will go your way sooner or later, sometimes it takes a lot longer than people have a bankroll for.  You cannot let a down-swing or any gambling in general effect your life in a negative way.  Over the 3-4 years of part time playing, I would often go months without playing because it didn't fit into the schedule and it would have caused more problems than it was worth.  Always believe that you have a shot to win, or else don't even bother sitting down.  Poker is such a psychological game that if you don't feel as if you are going to win when you sit down you have no shot of being successful.

KL: Do you play online? What and where

Jason:
I do play online, mostly on the three major sites UB, Full Tilt, and PokerStars.  I really play a big variety of games, ranging from the sit n go's and heads up sit n go's which are my favorites, to multi-table tournaments and most of the big tournaments, as well as cash games.  I really like playing 7-Stud and Razz cash games online as well as Hold'em and PLO8.

KL: What do you do when you aren’t playing poker?

Jason:
My hobbies have pretty much remained the same over the years, and I'm pretty simple. I like sports, and over the last few years there is nothing better than sitting in front of a big screen TV with the Sunday package during football season.  I love traveling, going out to dinner, hanging at the bar sippin on just about anything.  I'm pretty much down with whatever any normal 26 year old male that is usually down with having a good time is down with.  I'm actually a big fan of going to the movies, UFC, and hanging with friends and family even more so since there has been so much traveling lately.

KL: What are your future poker goals?

Jason:
I would just like to be able to sustain a career in the poker world.  I want to be able to leave my mark on this game.  This next year will be a big step for me in my progression towards where I would like to be, one of the game’s best, and there is no better way of getting there in my mind than following up with another bracelet at this year’s World Series or a final table in a major.

*The WSOP! Everyone's dream is winning a bracelet, not to mention all the cash and fame that goes with it. If your grandmother doesn't play poker and there's no one to teach you, try the free cash at PokerStars and learn online. Ps-s-s-t...the cash offer is for a limited time!*

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