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Dancing With J.C. Tran

A matter of who blinked first

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Apr 02, 2010


J.C. Tran is a great poker player, and is what I like to call a “natural-born hold’em player.” I do not believe that there are many natural-born hold’em players amongst the top poker players in the world today. There are many great well-known players out there, but many of them are great at other games like seven-card stud or pot-limit Omaha. If they are great at hold’em, sometimes it doesn’t come easily to them, whereas J.C. naturally knows, for example, when to value-bet bottom pair. J.C. and I are playing in the Premier League IV this year, and we faced off in our second heat, where a sick hand came up. With six players remaining and the blinds at 3,000-6,000, J.C. limped in with the 5 4, two players folded, and I made it 30,000 to go with 10-2 offsuit from the small blind. Before I continue, I must point ...

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