The ongoing PartyPoker.com Premier League tournament has seen American professional poker player JC Tran continue his great run of form by finishing in second place in the third game after winning both of the first two heats.
As a result, Vietnam-born Tran now sits at the top of the table with 26 points halfway through the competition and ten points beyond second placed Peter Eastgate, the winner of the most recent World Series of Poker (WSOP) event in Las Vegas.
Tran is also representing Team PKR at the London event and won his first heat at the expense of Eastgate before continuing his great form in the second game where he defeated Vicky Coren heads-up. Eastgate had his revenge in the third game by knocking out Tran heads-up even though the Sacramento-based player had taken an early chip lead.
“It’s going great here in London,” said Tran.
“Maybe I should move here. I was very pleased to come back in the heads-up after being a 9/1 dog but I was confident there was a way back as there was still so much play left at the table. It is a shame I couldn’t eventually win this heat but I am very happy with 26 points and topping the table.”
The PartyPoker.com Premier League series features twelve of the world’s best players competing in a unique league format. Every one of the players will play six times in the preliminary stages with the leading four progressing to a final table while the next four then battle it out in heads-up matches for the final two seats. Besides Tran, Eastgate and Coren, the field also includes Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan, Nenad Medic, Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Tony Guoga, Annette Obrestad, Roland De Wolfe, Andy Black and Juha Helppi.