Asian Poker Tour (APT) ambassador JC Tran made a fantastic start on his debut in the PartyPoker.com Premier League, winning the first heat to pick up a maximum 10 points and $20,000. Tran, who is also representing Team PKR in the elite tournament, overcome WSOP Main Event champion Peter Eastgate heads-up to take the heat down. Eastgate was making his first appearance since his Main Event win.
The heads-up between Tran and the $9 million world champion Eastgate was grueling but after a number of swings it was Tran who triumphed. Eastgate started the heads-up with the advantage, holding 395,000 to Tran’s 205,000 but there was to be no repeat of Eastgate’s clinical heads-up destruction of Ivan Demidov at the WSOP Main Event final table as Tran brought the world champion down to earth with a bang. The final hand saw Eastgate push all-in with Q3 off-suit with JC instantly calling with AK off-suit. The board failed to bring anything for either player.
Tran was cheered on by his fellow Asian Poker Tour ambassadors Quinn Do and Nam Le at the event in London as he bested the first six seater heat that also included David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Annette Obrestad, Roland de Wolfe and Premier League II winner Andy Black. Tran, Quinn Do and Nam Le are the core of the APT’s ‘Poker Pack,’ a new elite team that will represent the APT on the world circuit.
Tran said: “It has been a fantastic start but there is a long way to go. It is so good to get the first win under the belt. I love the format of the Premier League and am excited about what is going to come.”
Tom Hall, CEO of Asian Logic, owners of the Asian Poker Tour said: “We’re all delighted for JC. There was a lot of hype about Peter Eastgate’s first appearance after his big $9 million WSOP win and JC did the Asian Poker Tour and the Poker Pack proud with a fantastic performance.”
PartyPoker.com Premier League III is a $75,000 buy-in event with a total prize pool of $1.25 million. The tournament 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 five star line-up includes Phil Hellmuth, Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan, Nenad Medic, Devilfish, Tony G, Vicky Coren, Annette Obrestad, Roland de Wolfe, Andy Black, Juha Helppi, Peter Eastgate as well as JC Tran.
PartyPoker.com Premier League III – Heat 1 – Monday 24th November 10 points – JC Tran 6 points – Peter Eastgate 4 points – Annette Obrestad 3 points – Andy Black 2 points – Roland de Wolfe 0 points – Devilfish
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