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01 December 2008

WSOP hero takes down Premier League III in style...

JC Tran bested a field of 13 top professionals to emerge victorious in the third PartyPoker Premier League. Adorning PKR clothing for the event, Tran battled his way through an amazing series of heats to reach the final table with the chip lead and take down the top prize of $300,000.

Now in its third year, Tran claimed the Premier League title on his debut at the coveted tournament, defeating Tony G in a heated clash after over an hour of intense Heads Up action. His record of 1-1-2-2-1-4 from six earlier heats gave him a deserved chip lead as he moved onto a final table filled to the brim with superstar talent, including the likes of Juha Helppi, Tom Dwan, Roland De Wolfe and reigning WSOP Champion Peter Eastgate.

JC Tran is the first professional poker player to represent and the superb win comes just three days after Tran took to the virtual felt with fellow APT ambassadors Nam Le, Chino Rheem and Quinn Do in a special Pro Bounty Tournament held on the next-gen site. The event attracted 1,130 runners – the largest ever field for a bounty tournament – all vying for the chance to play against the ‘Poker Pack’ and for a shot at a $5k APT Manila package.

Satellites to the APT Manila are rolling right now on with the chance to qualify for as little as $2.56.


'Poker Pack' draw the crowds at PKR
28 November 2008

PKR has never seen a night like it as 1,130 entrants took their chance to play against the ‘Poker Pack’ in an exclusive APT Pro Bounty tournament. With hundreds more railing and following a live Q&A on the forums, the tournament proved the most popular cash buy-in tournament ever to run on PKR.
Of the four pros, David “Chino” Rheem lasted longest, finishing in a highly creditable 486th place after wreaking havoc at the tables, leaving many players in his wake JC Tran exited in 524th while Quinn DO took 564th place. Nam Le was crippled early when his two-pair ran into a set. He couldn’t recover and departed first of the bounties, in 839th place. In addition to the unbeatable poker story, each player who knocked out one of the superstars of poker also bagged a free shot at a $5k package to renew rivalries against the ‘Poker Pack’ in the APT Manila event.

With his solid performance, Rheem claimed bragging rights over his three friends, not to mention a $500 last-longer to spice things up. After his early bath, Nam leapt onto a 41 Heads Up Phase Sit & Go, to the astonishment of one (un)lucky player. Despite millions in earnings, a packed and supportive rail and years of experience at the top, Nam failed to overcome the PKR player’s resilience and accepted defeat after several minutes!

The Pro Bounty tournament was eventually won by Redshape who scooped $4,972 and a shot at the APT Manila seat. Each player was accurately represented in the game via the FaceGen™ application (see attached screenshots).

Simon Prodger, Marketing Director, PKR said: “We’ve never seen a response to a tournament like it, and it shows just how much respect PKR players have for these four players. It’s been an honour to host them on the site and we look forward to sending a strong PKR team to team up with them again at the APT Manila.”

Satellites to the APT Manila are running 24/7 at Players may qualify for as little as $2.56.

JC Tran, Nam Le and Quinn Do are official Ambassadors for the Asian Poker Tour.

PKR announce best bounty ever!
25 November 2008

PKR are offering its 2.25 million players the chance of a lifetime this Thursday night as poker legends JC Tran, Nam Le, David ‘Chino’ Rheem and Quinn Do take to the virtual felt in a special $10k guaranteed Asian Poker Tour Pro Bounty.
The $22 buy-in event will take place at 20:00 GMT on Thursday 27th November. As well as offering all players a chance to scoop a share of the $10k prize pool, players who eliminate Nam, Chino or Quinn will find themselves with a free shot at winning a $5k package to play in the APT Manila (worth $270).

JC Tran is the #1 ranked player in the ESPN-Bluff power rankings with over $6.8m in career tournament winnings.

He is one of a select few to have scooped both a World Series bracelet and a World Poker Tour title. Over the past five years, JC has recorded a staggering 23 WSOP cashes (including seven final tables) and 11 WPT cashes (with five final tables).

David ‘Chino’ Rheem was one of the November Nine who made the historic 2008 Main Event final table. A fearless high stakes poker pro and one of the most compelling characters in the game, Chino won $1.7m for his seventh place finish together with several million more fans.

Nam Le is one of the hottest tournament players on the circuit, reaching final tables in some of the biggest events around. An LA Poker Classic fourth (behind Ivey and friend Quinn Do), a Macau High Roller victory and recent WPT Festa al Lago second have netted Nam more than $1.8 million this year alone.

WSOP bracelet winner Quinn Do reached his first WPT final table earlier this year, exiting honourably in second place for $909K behind Phil Ivey in the LA Poker Classic. A third in the recent Macau High Rollers event won by friend Nam Le increased the profile of this silent but deadly destroyer.

Not only will players be able to rail the stars and ask questions, PKR will also be opening a special forum Q&A during the event to provide another opportunity for players to ask questions of their heroes.

JC Tran, Nam Le and Quinn Do are official Ambassadors of the Asian Poker Tour (



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