Monday, October 20, 2008

Asian Poker Tour Ambassador, JC Tran, To Make European Debut In Premier League III

The Asian Poker Tour is pleased to announce that recently signed ambassador JC Tran will make his first ever trip to Europe to take part in the prestigious Premier League Poker III.

JC Tran needs little introduction. Born in Vietnam in 1977 and now living in Sacramento, California, Tran is currently the top-ranked player IN THE WORLD on the Bluff Magazine/ESPN power rankings. After starting out by playing in local card rooms, he has won and cashed in big money tournaments and has total official winnings of over a staggering USD $6.7 million to date. His most notable recent victory was at Event #49 of the 39th World Series of Poker* 2008, where he won a bracelet and USD $631,170. JC was also the WPT's player of the year for season five (he has made over $3 million on the WPT alone) and is amongst the most feared players in the world, both online and offline. He recently signed a deal, alongside friends Nam Le and Quinn Do, to become an ambassador for the Asian Poker Tour.

JC is excited about taking part in the Premier League. "I'm really looking forward to the Premier League and it is an honour to be chosen as one of the 12. I've seen coverage from previous events and I'm ready for all the verbal volleys that are likely to be thrown at me! I have been meaning to play in Europe for a while and this prestigious event is a great way to start,” says Tran. Premier League Poker III sees the buy-in elevated to $75,000 and the added money raised to $350,000, making a total prize pool of $1.25 million. The next event wasn't due to take place until 2009 but the demands of international broadcasters for coverage of the event has brought it forward! The series developed by Matchroom Sport, features 12 of the world's best players playing in a unique league format. All 12 players will play six times in the preliminary stages. The leading four players will then progress to the final table with the next four battling it out in heads-up matches for the final two seats. The first player to be announced was Premier League II winner, Ireland's Andy Black, who is automatically invited back as the defending champion. With JC now added to the line-up, as well as Juha Helppi, nine more names are yet to be revealed! The last two years have seen the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke, Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott and Tony G taking part.

Clips from Premier League Poker I and II: