JC Tran is PartyPoker.com Premier League Champion
Tran Runs Away with Premier League; Beats Tony G Heads Up
Tran, who seemed to easily demolish anything that came into his path, was favourite to win as he was top of the league table with three first places and two seconds in the heats, and was proving to be in top class form.
The final heads up of the league saw Tran battle against Tony G for all the glory. The confrontation started out with Tony G’s 1,150,000 in chips staring down Tran’s 780,000, but all it took at that point was one key hand to change everything.
Tony G raised to 75,000 preflop with 86 and Tran called with 108. The flop fell Q106 and Tony G bet 95,000. Tran called. The turn was the Q and Tony G again led out, betting 110,000 this time. Tran’s response was a raise to 260,000, and as Tony G gave up his cards, he also gave up his chip leading position.
Once that happened, the end was nigh.
The blinds were at 20,000/40,000 and Tran limped in with 97. Tony checked behind with K8. The flop was 765, Tony G checked raised all in, and was called down by the fearless Tran. Tony G needed a king, a four, or a nine to regain the lead but the turn was the J, and the river, the 2.
A victorious Tran said, “This is brilliant and I am so happy. 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!
Runner up Tony G’s response was — “I brought my best game but it just wasn’t good enough.”
A spokesperson for PartyPoker.com 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.”
The total official pay outs including heat and final table winnings are as follows:
JC Tran: $390,000
Tony G: $202,000
Juha Helppi: $148,000
Peter Eastgate: $108,000
Tom Dwan: $102,000
Roland de Wolfe: $86,000
Annette Obrestad: $50,000
Vicky Coren: $44,000
Phil Hellmuth: $42,000
Nenad Medic: $34,000
Andy Black: $32,000
Dave Ulliott: $12,000
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