Poker Pack’s J.C. Tran Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in Las Vegas
In one of the toughest final tables yet seen at the World Series of Poker, J.C. Tran, spurred on by railing buddies Chino Rheem and Steve Sung, took down the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event to win his second ever WSOP gold bracelet.
436 runners had nudged the prize pool over the $1 million mark and it was a fitting final table that contested the last moments, with the nine including John Juanda, Tran, Theo Jorgensen, plus Brits Jeff Kimber and Ross Boatman.
Juanda and Jorgensen made early exits at the final table and with play down to four, Tran started to assert his dominance. Hendon Mobster Boatman departed in 4th, swiftly followed by Jean-Philippe Leandri. Going into the heads-up, Tran was a 2/1 chip leader and he never lost that advantage right till the end, Kimber making the fateful all-in call holding 6-4-4-3, only to come up against Tran’s K-Q-8-8. The board of 9-7-7-8 had Kimber drawing dead to Tran’s full house and the pointless 3 on the river sealed it for the American.
This is Tran's third cash of this year's WSOP and his second career bracelet, coming just a year after the first he earned in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold 'em tournament. He takes home $235,685 to go with his gold bracelet. Kimber’s consolation prize came in at $145,656.
Meanwhile, in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship, it was close-but-no-cigar for another Brit, with ‘Mr. EPT’ John Duthie succumbing to Leo Wolpert in the final. The EPT founder took away a neat little $386,636 payday for his troubles with the American bagging $625,682 along with the gold bracelet.