Two-time Tran wins $2.5k WSOP PLO title

J.C. Tran

It seems the dam has burst when it comes to J.C. Tran's WSOP potential.

Tran was once labelled "the best player to never win a WSOP bracelet" but he silenced his critics in style by storming his way to the $1,500 NLHE title at the 2008 WSOP.

He replicated that feat Tuesday night, winning the $2.5k Pot Limit Omaha WSOP event to add a second bracelet and $235,685 in cash to his collection.

Tran suggested that his success was at least partly down to the generous support he receives from his tightly-knit group of friends, one of whom was recent bracelet-winner Steve Sung.

"The other day I watched Steve win a bracelet," he said. "It motivates me to go out and do well when I see a friend of mine do well.

"I have one of the biggest groups of friends in poker. When they are truly here to support you - for the win, not for the money - the support means a lot."

Tran saw off a tough final table that included four-time bracelet-winner John Juanda, Hendon Mobster Ross Boatman, 2008's £5k WSOPE Omaha-winner Theo Jorgensen and 2007 World Heads-Up Champion Jeff Kimber.

Jorgensen and Juanda perished early in 8th and 9th place and were followed to the rail by Chad Layne and Rami Boukai, who finished 7th and 6th respectively.

Steve Sung
Close friend Steve Sung's bracelet win helped to inspire Tran.

Tran was delivering knockout punch after knockout punch as he personally eliminated five of the other eight final tablists.

"It helps to pick up cards, and I did pick up cards," he offered modestly. "When they played back at me, I had a hand; when I didn't have a hand, I got away. Timing is everything and today the timing was just right."

When Flowers, Boatman and Leandri were busted in the next three payout slots, he found himself heads-up with Englishman Jeff Kimber, holding a formidable chip advantage.

Kimber was unable to turn the tide of play and add to his country's haul of bracelets at this year's series.

"J.C.'s a great player and he hit more cards than me," Kimber told PokerListings. "It's hard to beat that combination!"

Instead it was Tran who emerged victorious, collecting his first Omaha title and he sent out a chilling warning that there was more to come in the future.

"Right now, I'm thinking about bracelet number three," said Tran. "I think I've got the potential to win one a year for as long as my career lasts."

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