PokerWorks presents the starting line-up for the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, the final nine that survived a grueling 10-day trial of poker competition with a field of 6,352 hopefuls. Each member of the final nine will be profiled in the coming days — in no particular order of importance.
JC Tran highlights the November Nine as the most accomplished player of the group. He boasts lifetime earnings of $9,041,483 and two World Series of Poker bracelets: 2008 WSOP Event #49 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em - $631,170, and 2009 WSOP Event #30 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha - $235,685. The 36-year-old Tran also owns a WSOP Circuit ring for taking down the 2004/2005 WSOPC Rio Las Vegas $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event for $97,470.
Tran is also well known in the World Poker Tour where he finished runner-up to Eric Hershler in February of 2007 in the L.A. Poker Classic Main Event - $1,177,010, and took down the WPT $5,000 World Poker Challenge in Reno - $683,473. The Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $5,000 No Limit Hold'em belonged to Tran in December - $523,075. The year 2007 found Tran doing what he does best, winning!
Tran may be a 'poker machine' as a live pro but he'd be hard to beat on the virtual felt too; in 2006 he claimed the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event - $670,194.
Tran grew up in Sacramento, California. The youngest of eight children, he was born on January 20th, 1977, in Vietnam and he has been a Sacramento resident since his parents immigrated there. He has a degree in Business Management Information Systems from California State University and can thank his brother for introducing him to poker on his 21st birthday. After graduating, poker became his game plan for a lifestyle and living.
Tran is the chip leader when the November Nine comes back to the felt, holding 38 million, an amazing comeback when one considers that he was down to just six and a half big blinds at one point. Bagging just 33,100 at the end of Day 1c, he spent the next four days grinding up to over 3 million. Day 6 was the day he steamrolled the game and almost tripled his stack.
From an interview with PokerNews.com:
"I was down to 12,500 to be exact at 1,000/2,000 blinds," Tran explained. "I felt like, 'Wow, is this how my World Series is going to end?' I told myself just don’t give up. Fight. You can get your money in. there is a decent chance to double up and from there get a couple of double ups and be back to a good stack. What brought me back was king-jack and I told myself, 'look it happened and it could happen again; so be ready.' And you know what, it sure did."
On Day 7 Tran eliminated Fabian Ortiz to take the chip lead and went on to take out both Matthew Reed and 2001 Main Event Champion Carlos Mortensen — that set the final table.
Tran will enter the final table in seat 7 and has almost 8 million more chips than his closest competitor Amir Lehavot. Tran’s poker knowledge and skill set add a major boost to his chip lead. Look for him to do well.
Lynn Gilmartin interviews JC after the final table was set.
Our introduction to other featured November Nine players, to date:
We have more on the way, be sure to check back.
Image courtesy of PokerNews.com.