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J.C. Tran leading Pack going into 2013 WSOP ME Final Table

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

After the 2013 WSOP Main Event was trimmed down from 6,352 players to just 9 grinders, professional poker player J.C. Tran emerged from the smoke as the chip leader. The Vietnamese-American and 8 other professional poker players (listed below) will be competing on the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table on November 4th:

1. J.C. Tran – 38,000,000 chips
2. Amir Lehavot – 29,700,00
3. Marc McLaughlin – 26,525,000
4. Jay Farber – 25,975,000
5. Ryan Riess – 25,875,000
6. Sylvain Loosli – 19,600,000
7. Michiel Brummelhuis – 11,275,000
8. Mark Newhouse – 7,350,000
9. David Benefield – 6,375,000

J.C. Tran has already earned two WSOP bracelets throughout his illustrious career, including one in a 2008 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event ($631,170) and one in a 2009 WSOP $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament ($235,685). The 36-year-old has also made 5 WPT final tables including a victory at the 2007 World Poker Tour World Poker Challenge, where he bested a field of 475 players to capture the $683,473 first place prize.

J.C. Tran now has an impressive $9,041,483 in live earnings to his name, ranking him 24th on poker’s all-time money list. However, should Tran win the Main Event and the $8,359,531 first place prize, he would rise to number 7 on the list, just below Phil Ivey who’s earned $17,649,220.

The last couple of years may not have been great for J.C. Tran, but this year’s WSOP seems to have put an end to his dry spell. He earned six 2013 WSOP cashes and still has the prospect of capturing poker’s most prestigious prize.

Despite all of his poker success, Tran also spends much more of his time these days with his wife and children. He commented on the support his family has given him by stating, “It’s been really, really tough. My wife has been absolutely amazing. She’s pregnant at the moment so her body is exhausted. Plus we have a two year old so things can get pretty hectic.”

He continued glowing about his wife by saying, “She even wakes up to make me breakfast, prepare my coffee, drop me off, and meet me on dinner break. Right now she’s not feeling well but still trying to do things for me. I told her right now just rest and relax. Once this is over, it will be all family time for a long time. I might make one stop for that big $10 million guarantee (in Florida) but other than that I’m not going to Asia, not going to Europe, nothing. That will be it.”

The way it looks now, Tran is hoping to collect one more big tournament score before taking some time off to relax with his family. And based on the current chip stacks, he’s definitely going to get a nice payday!

Amateur Jay Farber has shot at $8.36m Top 2013 WSOP ME Prize

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Out of the remaining nine players left in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, Jay Farber is by far the biggest amateur. The Las Vegas-based VIP host battled through a 6,358-player starting field to make the ballyhooed November Nine. When play resumes on November 4th, he’ll have a shot at the $8,359,531 first place prize.

It certainly wasn’t easy for Farber to get here though. He played 70 hours of poker in one week, including 16 hours on the day the Main Event final table was finalized. He also suffered a horrific bad beat at one point, making things seem grim for him and his entourage. He didn’t give up though and began winning back what he lost.

“I was just playing my style of poker and it seems to have been working out really well for me,” he said. Once the Main Event was whittled down to 10 players, he pushed even harder and picked up extra chips. Now he’s got the fourth largest chip stack out of the remaining nine grinders with 25,975,000.

After the win, Farber invited everyone to Rhinos (Spearmint Rhino), a gentlemen’s club that Farber works closely with during his full-time job as a VIP host. “When I moved out here, I didn’t have a gig lined up and all my friends were promoters and hosts,” Farber said. “I kind of asked them if they could get me a job and I fell into it.”

“Everybody that I’ve gotten to know from living here over the years came out to sweat me today,” Farber said. “It was so awesome. I’m so happy I can make it for them, even more than me.” Now Jay Farber will be hoping to parlay his great WSOP Main Event run into a multi-million dollar payout come November.