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WSOP -- J.C. Tran Wins Event No. 30

Tran Wins First Major Non-Hold'em Title and Second Gold Bracelet

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J.C. TranJ.C. Tran has always been known as a hold’em specialist. Not anymore.

On Tuesday, Tran outlasted a field of 436 players to win event No. 30 ($2,500 pot-limit Omaha) at the World Series of Poker. The victory marks the first win in a non-hold’em event spanning his entire career playing major tournaments. Tran now has $8,398,822 in career earnings after taking home $235,685 for the win.

Playing pot-limit Omaha seriously for just two years now, Tran’s dominance throughout the tournament, especially at the final table, allowed him to capture his second bracelet. The other came at last year’s WSOP in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event.

The quest for the second bracelet and a non-hold’em title looked easy for Tran, even at an experienced final table that included four-time bracelet winner John Juanda, recent champion of event No. 10 ($2,500 pot-limit omaha/pot-limit hold’em) Rami Boukai, and 2008 WSOP Europe event No. 3 ($9,368 pot-limit omaha) winner Theo Jorgensen.

Tran demonstrated through his confidence and command at the final table that he soon may be joining the short list of elite players who can win at any form of poker.

Here are the final results:

1. J.C. Tran – $235,685
2. Jeff Kimber – $145,656
3. Jean Phillipe Leandri – $95,837
4. Ross Boatman – $66,936
5. Dallas Flowers – $49,387
6. Rami Boukai – $38,407
7. Chad Layne – $31,427
8. Theo Jorgensen – $26,955
9. John Juanda – $24,207

Here is a look at the elimination hands as featured in CardPlayer.com’s live updates

John Juanda

John Juanda Eliminated in Ninth Place ($24,207)

Dallas Flowers raised preflop, and the short-stack, John Juanda, made the call. The flop came 10Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit 2Spade Suit, and Juanda moved all in. Flowers made the call.

Their cards:

Juanda: AHeart Suit QHeart Suit 8Spade Suit 9Spade Suit
Flowers: KClub Suit KDiamond Suit 5Heart Suit 5Club Suit

Juanda had a ton of outs to double up and get back into contention, needing any spade, 7, or ace. None of them came, as the 6Club Suit hit the turn and the QClub Suit fell on the river, eliminating the four-time bracelet winner.

Theo Jorgensen

Theo Jorgensen Eliminated in Eighth Place ($26,955)

J.C. Tran raised under the gun to 55,000, and Theo Jorgensen reraised pot, to 195,000 total. Tran made the call, and the flop came 5Heart Suit 3Heart Suit 3Spade Suit, and Tran bet enough to put Jorgensen all in. Jorgensen made the call.

Their cards:

Tran: 10Club Suit 8Club Suit 9Heart Suit 7Heart Suit
Jorgensen: AClub Suit KSpade Suit KDiamond Suit 7Spade Suit

Jorgensen was ahead with his pair of kings, but Tran had a flush draw plus runner-runner straight draws. The 4Diamond Suit hit the turn, giving Tran a shot at one of those straight draws. To the dismay of Jorgensen, the 6Heart Suit fell on the river, eliminating him in eighth place. Tran was then up to 750,000.

Chad Layne

Chad Layne Eliminated in Seventh Place ($31,427)

J.C. Tran bet 60,000 from the button, and Chad Layne reraised to 200,000. Tran went all in, having Layne significantly covered. Layne made the call.

Their cards:

Tran: KHeart Suit KSpade Suit JClub Suit 5Heart Suit
Layne: ASpade Suit JDiamond Suit 10Spade Suit 8Diamond Suit

The board ran out 10Club Suit 3Club Suit 3Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit 4Heart Suit, offering no help to Layne.

Rami Boukai

Rami Boukai Eliminated in Sixth Place ($38,407)

J.C. Tran raised to 60,000 from the cut-off, and Jean Phillipe Leandri bet the pot. Rami Boukai went all in for less than Leandri’s bet, and Tran made the call. The flop came QHeart Suit 7Club Suit 2Club Suit, and Leandri went all in. Tran called the bet.

Their cards:

Boukai: 8Spade Suit 6Heart Suit 5Club Suit 4Diamond Suit
Tran: KSpade Suit JSpade Suit 9Heart Suit 7Spade Suit
Leandri: AClub Suit AHeart Suit QClub Suit 2Diamond Suit

Leandri was way out in front with his pair of aces and the nut-flush draw. The ASpade Suit hit the turn, giving Boukai and Tran miracle gutshot draws to win the hand. The 10 didn’t come for Tran, and the three didn’t fall for Boukai as the KDiamond Suit hit the river, eliminating Boukai.

Dallas Flowers Eliminated in Fifth Place ($49,387)

Jeff Kimber raised preflop, and Dallas Flowers moved all in. Kimber made the call.

Their cards:

Flowers: AHeart Suit JHeart Suit QSpade Suit 9Diamond Suit
Kimber: AClub Suit KSpade Suit QHeart Suit 3Heart Suit

The board ran out 5Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit KClub Suit QClub Suit, and Flowers was eliminated by the two pair of Kimber.

Ross Boatman

Ross Boatman Eliminated By Boat in Fourth Place ($66,936)

On a board of 8Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit 2Spade Suit, Ross Boatman checked to J.C. Tran. Tran bet 60,000, and Boatman moved all in. Tran made the call.

Their cards:

Tran: QHeart Suit 9Spade Suit 8Spade Suit 3Club Suit
Boatman: ADiamond Suit 10Club Suit 9Heart Suit 8Club Suit

Tran was ahead with top two pair but when the ASpade Suit fell on the turn, giving Boatman top two, Tran needed a spade or a 3 for a full house. Both came in the form of the 3Spade Suit, giving Tran a boat and eliminating Boatman.

Jean Philipe Leandri Eliminated in Third Place ($95,837)

J.C. Tran, Jeff Kimber, and Jean Philipe Leandri all saw a flop of AClub Suit 3Club Suit 2Heart Suit. Leandri was first to act and bet 90,000. Kimber folded, and Tran reraised pot. Leandri called all in.

Their cards:

Tran: QSpade Suit JSpade Suit JClub Suit 5Club Suit
Leandri: QHeart Suit JHeart Suit 3Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit

Leandri flopped two pair while Tran had a flush draw. The 10Spade Suit gave both players a gutshot-straight draw. Leandri needed to dodge one more card to double up. However, the 4Club Suit fell on the river, giving Tran the pot and a big chip lead going into heads-up play.

J.C. Tran Wins Event No. 30 ($235,685), Jeff Kimber Eliminated in Second Place ($145,656)

Jeff Kimber raised to 120,000 on the button, and J.C. Tran made the call. The flop came 9Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit 7Heart Suit, and Tran checked. Kimber bet 75,000, and Tran contemplated briefly before making the call. The 8Spade Suit hit the turn, and Tran bet out 100,000. Kimber instantly went all in, and Tran quickly called.

Their cards:

Tran: KSpade Suit QHeart Suit 8Club Suit 8Spade Suit
Kimber: 6Heart Suit 5Spade Suit 4Diamond Suit 3Club Suit

Tran hit the perfect card in the deck on the turn, giving him eights full. Kimber flopped a gutshot-straight draw with his connecting cards and hit it, but he saw disaster when Tran flipped over a hand that had him drawing dead. The river was a meaningless 3Spade Suit, making Tran’s victory official. Tran won event No. 30 and his second bracelet, eliminating Kimber in second place.