Tran has won quite a bit playing tournament poker over the years, and his career earnings now stand at $11,214,250 according to Hendon Mob poker database. He now has 14 cashes at WPT events and he has won $3,440,918 on tour (12th all-time), but this cash so close to home has to mean a lot, even to a poker player who has accomplished so much in his career.
At a certain point Tran began building a dominant chip lead and it proved too much to overcome, even after Harwell doubled up on the 198th hand of play. On Hand 207 Tran knocked Harwell below 10 big blinds, and a short time later it was over.
On Hand 211 Harwell moved all in preflop for 1,125,000 and Tran called. The two players tabled their hands and Tran had the lead with K♦4♣ over Harwell’s 8♠5♠. The final board was dealt 6♣4♠2♦10♥9♥ and Tran won his second WPT title. Harwell was eliminated in second place after a solid run in the tournament and he took home $200,030 for his impressive play at the final table.
Tran adds $302,750 to his sizable career earnings. He also gets a $15,400 seat in the season-ending WPT World Championship, a special edition pair of 24K Monster headphones, and his name will go on the WPT Champions Cup for the second time. Congratulations to JC Tran on the hometown victory. The next tour stop will be the WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open that runs from March 21-25.
THUNDER VALLEY CASINO Rolling Thunder WPT EVENT #2 3 /15/14 No Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT BUY-IN $3,200 + $300 PLAYERS 465 Prize Pool $1,488,000 1. J.C Tran . . . . . . $302,750 2. Preston Harwell . . .$200,030 3. Quoc Pham . . . . . .$127,140 4. Mimi Luu . . . . . . $100,240 5. Benjamin Zamani . . . $80,130 6. Ken Jorgensen . . . . $60,180 7. Ryan D’Angelo . . . . $41,410 8. Chad Eveslage . . . . $41,410 9. David Forster . . . . $30,170