J.C. Tran, the professional poker player from Sacramento in California, grabbed the second championship title of his career by winning the World Poker Tour (WPT) Rolling Thunder. He was the last man standing of 465 poker players and grabbed the title after beating Preston Harwell in a heads-up match. As the champion of the event, he won a package comprising a free seat worth $15,400 to the WPT Championship, which is scheduled to be held this May, and a prize of $302,750.
Tran won the first WPT title of his career in 2007 when he became the champion of the $5,150 buy-in Reno Poker Challenge and won a large six-figure pot of $683,473. A month back, he had won the first seven-figure pot of his career by becoming the runner-up of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic.
The poker pro has also won a couple of World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets. Since he finished fifth in the WSOP 2013 Main Event, he won a prize of $2.1 million. A sponsored pro at 888 Poker, Tran has won over $11 million playing live poker tournaments alone.
The final table results are as follows: As the champion of the event, J.C. Tran won $302,750; and as the runner-up of the event, Preston Harwell won $200,030. The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, and sixth were Quoc Pham, Mimi Luu, Benjamin Zamani, and Ken Jorgensen, who won $217,140, $100,240, $80,240, $80,130, and $60,180, respectively.
When the final table action began, Mimi Luu had the shortest stack of chips, but she soon increased that stack to more than one million chips. The first finalist to bust was Ken Jorgensen. Ben Zamani who was taking part in a WPT event for the first time in his career finished in the fifth place. He was knocked off the table by Pham, whose Ace of Spades and King of Spades proved no match for his Ace of Clubs and Queen of Diamonds. Ultimately, Zamani had to quit the table on the river. Meanwhile, Luu continued hanging on to the final table play for some more time, but had to fold in the fourth place because of Tran.
The next to bust was Pham, after which the heads-up match began between Tran and Harwell. The two players had stacks with 5,535,000 and 8,415,000, respectively; and ultimately Tran got a two pair, which helped him win the second WPT championship title of his career.