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J.C. Tran
JC Tran.jpg
J.C. Tran in a World Series of Poker Circuit event
Nickname(s) "Just Call" Tran
Hometown Sacramento, California
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 2
Money finishes 28
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
108th, 2009
World Poker Tour
Titles 1
Final tables 5
Money finishes 11
Information accurate as of 16 July 2009.

J. C. Tran (born Justin Cuong Van Tran January 20, 1977 in Vietnam) is a Vietnamese-American professional poker player, based in Sacramento, California.[1]

Tran is a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, a World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event champion, has made five World Poker Tour (WPT) final tables, winner of a WPT title, won at the World Poker Challenge[2] and is the WPT Player of the Year of their fifth season.[3]


Early life

Tran was born in Vietnam, and is the youngest of eight children of Vietnamese parents. When he was two years old, his family moved to the United States where later he would receive a degree in Business Management Information Systems from California State University at Sacramento.[3][1]

Tran built his bankroll playing the $9/$18 game at Capitol Casino in Sacramento, CA. J.C. has since noted that it has become too much of an action game to eke out a positive gain.

Poker career

Tran has finished in the money at numerous poker tournaments, finishing 5th at the 2004 World Poker Finals and on the television bubble of the 2004 L.A. Poker Classic and 2005 Borgata Poker Open. He also finished 5th in the 2006 L.A. Poker Classic. All of these events were televised on the World Poker Tour (WPT).

Tran has made 3 final tables in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and cashed in the $10,000 no limit hold'em main event in both 2004 and 2005, finishing 117th both years. Tran also finished 2nd in a World Series of Poker circuit event, winning $251,920.[2]

On October 2, 2006, Tran won the main event at PokerStars' WCOOP, winning $670,000.[4]

On March 2, 2007 Tran finished 2nd in the 2007 L.A. Poker Classic, winning $1,177,010. On March 28 he won his first WPT title, the World Poker Challenge, earning $683,473. He was also the World Poker Tour's Player of the Year.[2]

Notable victories include:

  • 2003 Heavenly Hold'em, $300 limit hold'em: $74,150
  • 2005 Rio Las Vegas Poker Festival, $1,500 no limit hold'em: $97,470
  • 2006 WCOOP Main event, $2,500 no limit hold'em: $670,000

On June 30, 2008 Tran won his first bracelet at the 2008 World Series of Poker in Event 49, $1,500 No Limit event besting a field of 2718. Tran took home $631,170 in winnings.[5] In all, Tran cashed in 7 events at the 2008 WSOP, good for $896,392 in total winnings and a 6th place finish in the 2008 WSOP Player of the Year.[6]

In November 2008, Tran won The Premier League III by beating Tony G in heads-up play. Tran took home $300,000 for winning first place at the final table.

In June 2009, during the 40th Annual World Series of Poker, Tran captured his second bracelet for winning the $2,500 Pot-limit Omaha event.

As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $7,800,000.[7] His 28 cashes as the WSOP account for $1,694,280 of those winnings.[8]

World Series of Poker Bracelets

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2008 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em $&0000000000631170.000000631,170
2009 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha $&0000000000235685.000000235,685


  1. ^ a b "J.C. Tran". Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  2. ^ a b c Butt, Robert. "Justin Cuong Van Tran - Results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  3. ^ a b "JC Tran". Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  4. ^ Hintze, Haley (2008-10-02). "WCOOP #18, $2,500 NL Hold'em: J.C. Tran Captures Title in Main Event". Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  5. ^ Pojo. "Congratulations to J.C. Tran - Champion of Event #49 ($631,170)". Retrieved 2008-06-30.  
  6. ^ 2008 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Standings,
  7. ^ Butt, Robert. "Justin Cuong Van Tran - Stats". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  8. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings,

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