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J.C. Tran Headlines World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event Final Table

Final Six Set To Battle It Out For $302,750 First-Place Prize

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Chip leader Quoc PhamA total of 465 entries were made in the inaugural World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event at the Thunder Valley Casino outside of Sacramento, California. From that sizable turnout only six players now remain to battle it out for the lion’s share of the $1,488,000 prize pool and the chance to become the latest WPT champion.

The chip leader at the final table tomorrow will be Bay 101 tournament director Quoc Pham with 5,580,000. He is joined by Preston Harwell, Mimi Luu, Benjamin Zamani, Ken Jorgensen, and Sacremento native JC Tran. Tran, a two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and WPT champion, is undeniably the most accomplished live tournament player entering the final day, but has the second shortest stack with only 710,000 (23 big blinds at 15,000 – 30,000 with a 3,000 ante.)

The final table bubble lasted 97 hands, with Ryan D’Angelo eventually hitting the rail in seventh place after he got all-in on a board of JHeart Suit9Diamond Suit5Heart Suit4Spade Suit with the 9Club Suit8Heart Suit against Benjamin Zamani’s AClub SuitJDiamond Suit. The river brought the QHeart Suit, securing the pot for Zamani and sending D’Angelo to the rail in seventh place with $41,410.

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the final table:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Quoc Pham 5,580,000
2 Preston Harwell 4,425,000
3 Benjamin Zamani 1,990,000
4 Mimi Luu 735,000
5 J.C. Tran 710,000
6 Ken Jorgensen 510,000

Photos courtesy of World Poker Tour.