About An Tran

An Tran played Five-Card Stud for fun in his native Vietnam and learned other games upon his arrival in the United States. He landed in Houston, Texas in 1975 and opened a martial arts studio; by 1980 he was playing tournament poker.

From Houston he relocated to Las Vegas in order to play quality poker every day. The move paid off and by 1987, he had made a final table in the World Series of Poker, landing thirty-three World Series final tables since.

Tran knows how to roll with the punches. "I go broke all the time," he says, "but that doesn't make any difference. It doesn't bother me. I've lost a lot of money on the stock market. I bet on the options, and sometimes I go broke. There are plenty of parallels. It just doesn't matter much to me."

Tran's outlook on his poker playing is equally optimistic. "I don't have any favorite venues. It's all the same to me. As long as there is a game going on, I can win."

Highly respected among his peers, Tran went heads-up against John Hennigan in the 2004 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold'em tournament and ultimately finished second. Afterwards, however, Hennigan had this to say about his competition: "I don't look at it like I had his number. An Tran is a great player. He's won a lot of big tournaments. A few freaky hands came up, like the spade flush, and I got lucky enough to win some of the big pots."

Tran is known for his volatile playing style. "Some people are always aggressive," he says, "while others are always tight. But I can't play just one style. I play different every game. It depends on who I'm playing with and how I'm doing with my chips."

His unpredictable play has, in addition to cash, actually won him a lot of fans through televised tournaments. "I think it's a good thing that poker is growing, getting bigger. The fact that poker is now televised doesn't matter to me. It makes me look good on the TV. It makes things more exciting. It's a positive development."

So far, Tran has lived up to his poker nickname, "The Boss." He took first place in the 1991 WSOP Pot-Limit Omaha event and, in both 2002 and 2003, he came in first in the No-Limit Hold'em event at the Four Queens Poker Classic.

Tournament Placing

Place Winnings Tournament
64 $1,974.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 65 - $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship
109 $0.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 61 - $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em
33 $7,550.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 46 - $1500 BOUNTY No-Limit Hold'em
416 $21,786.00 WSOP 2015 - $10,000 WSOP Main Event
98 $2,714.00 WSOP 2015 - Event 36 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
631 $3,044.00 WSOP 2015 - Event 16 - MILLIONAIRE MAKER $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
279 $7,170.00 WSOP 2015 - Event 5 - THE COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold'em
54 $7,932.00 WSOP 2014 - Event 44 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
55 $5,967.00 WSOP 2013 - Event 54 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
3 $239,339.00 WSOP 2013 - Event 49 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
32 $4,876.00 WSOP 2013 - Event 10 - $1,500 Limit Hold'em
218 $44,655.00 WSOP 2012 - Event 61 - $10,000 Main Event
212 $44,655.00 WSOP 2012 - Event 61 - $10,000 Main Event
4 $158,512.00 WSOP 2012 - Event 54 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
354 $2,059.00 WSOP 2011 - Event 54 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
236 $2,966.00 WSOP 2011 - Event 48 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
93 $4,821.00 WSOP 2011 - Event 43 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
6 $33,890.00 WSOP 2010 - Event 40 - $2,500 Razz
17 $7,057.00 WSOP 2010 - Event 22 - $1,000 Ladies Championship
128 $2,847.00 WSOP 2010 - Event 13 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
15 $24,725.00 2009 WSOP - Event 52 - $3,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold'em
49 $8,458.00 2009 WSOP - Event 13 - $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
8 $25,122.00 2009 WSOP - Event 5 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
2 $24,750.00 WPT Season 6 - Borgata Winter Open, $300 No-Limit Hold'em
82 $4,840.00 2007 WSOP - Event 52, No-Limit Hold'em w/Re-Buys
19 $7,761.00 2007 WSOP - Event 34, Limit Hold'em
47 $6,757.00 2007 WSOP - Event 21, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
58 $10,044.00 2007 WSOP - Event 15, No-Limit Hold’em
461 $14,135.00 2005 WSOP - WSOP 2005 $10,000 World Championship Event
42 $2,980.00 2005 WSOP - Event 11, $2,000 Pot-limit Hold'em
52 $5,285.00 2005 WSOP - Event 7, $1,000 No-limit Hold'em w/rebuys
7 $104,970.00 2005 WSOP - Event 2, $1,500 No-limit Hold'em
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