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JC Tran wins PartyPoker Premier League III

Asian Poker Tour ambassador JC Tran is the Premier League III champion after taking down what’s being described as “the most formidable final table in the event’s history”. Tran, widely regarded as one of the finest and consistent tournament professionals on the circuit scooped the $300,000 first prize in the elite tournament organised by Matchroom Sport, which saw 12 of the world’s finest players battle it out for a $1.25 million prize pool. The buy-in was $75,000, with $350,000 added by Party Poker.

“This is brilliant and I am so happy,” said Tran. “I have been feeling good all week and it is amazing to win this event. Until this week I had never played in Europe before - I really couldn’t ask for more. Perhaps I should move here. I would like to thank everybody who has made my trip to London such a wonderful experience.”

Tran, who also represents PKR at poker tournaments, has a close knit group of friends who he travels with on the poker circuit and they were all there to watch him triumph in a spectacular and masterful fashion at the deep-stacked final table. World-class pros Nam Le and Quinn Do, two fellow Asian Poker Tour ambassadors, and David ‘Chino’ Rheem, were there for their friend cheering him on every step of the way.

Tran reached the final table as chip leader, as the favourite to win with, and the overall league winner after fantastic displays that saw him pick up three first places and two second places in the heats. It wasn’t all plain sailing though as Tony G fought hard and also provided a spectacular domineering performance to finish runner-up.

A spokesman said: “JC Tran’s performance was truly outstanding and there is no doubt at all that he is one cool cat and that he deserved to win. The standard of play all week from all the players involved was really something to remember.”

Eddie Hearn, director of Matchroom Sport said: “The Premier League III lived up to all expectations and then some. Newcomers Peter Eastgate, Tom Dwan and Annette Obrestad played some simply stunning poker that will be watched over and over again and JC Tran's performance was pure genius from beginning to end. This series has completely raised the bar for televised poker and we are already planning the next instalment.” JC Tran, from Sacramento, California is of Vietnamese origin and recently signed a deal to become an ambassador for the Asian Poker Tour.
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