While they may stick a patch on a bunch of players at major tournaments, 888 Poker doesn’t hand out poker sponsorships lightly. Making the cut as a member of Team888 is reserved for a select few, and the latest player deemed worthy of an 888 sponsorship deal is World Series of Poker Main Event chip-leader JC Tran.
Tran isn’t just the WSOP Main Event chip-leader though. Over the course of his long poker career he has racked-up some very impressive accomplishments, and should he win the 2013 WSOP Main Event we are likely looking at a future Poker Hall of Famer.
Here is a look at some of JC’s accomplishments:
- Career live tournament earnings – $9.5 million
- Won the $1,500 No Limit Holdem tournament at the 2008 WSOP — $631,170
- Won the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament at the 2009 WSOP — $235,685
- 2006 WCOOP Main Event Winner — $670,000
- Won the 2007 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic $5k tournament — $523,075
- Party Poker Premier League III Winner — $300,000
- Runner-Up at the 2007 WPT LA Poker Classic — $1,177,010
- 2007 WPT World Poker Challenge Champion — $683,473
- Eight career Top 7 finishes on the WPT
- WPT Season 5 Player of the Year
- 2013 WPT Alpha8 Super-High-Roller runner-up — $526,890
On top of being an excellent poker player, Tran is also one of the most admired poker players by fans, the media and his peers. The extremely well-like poker pro will undoubtedly have the largest section at the WSOP Main Event final table in November, and with the chip-lead and his poker skills he is the odds on favorite to win the tournament.
Here is a look at the 2013 WSOP Main Event Final Table chip-counts:
- JC Tran — 38,000,000
- Amir Lehavot — 29,700,000
- Marc McLaughlin — 26,525,000
- Jay Farber — 25,975,000
- Ryan Riess — 25,875,000
- Sylvain Loosli — 19,600,000
- Michiel Brummelhuis — 11,275,000
- Mark Newhouse — 7,350,000
- David Benefield — 6,375,000
In a press release issued by 888 Poker JC Tran commented, “I am extremely excited to work with 888poker and looking forward to a great experience. I can’t wait to represent 888poker at my best and help in any way possible.”
In the same press release, Inbal Lavi, Vice President of 888poker, stated, “We are excited to have JC Tran join our Team 888poker, his attitude towards the game and inviting personality embodies what we look for in our Team ambassadors. This year Team 888poker will be at its strongest and should bring some exciting content and opportunities to our continuously growing poker room. Good luck to Tran and the rest of our Team.”
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