JC Tran has always been considered a successful professional poker player, but his popularity has soared since this year’s World Series of Poker. Tran had a strong run through the series, and capped it with an appearance at the main event final table.
As is the case often with players who reach the final table, the big money sponsorship deals soon follow. That is the reality for Tran, who recently signed on to be a part of Team 888poker. Tran brings with him a plethora of achievements to his new team.
With Tran set to participate at the WSOP main event final table in November, the final table appearance can be added to a long list of accomplishments in the professional players career. Along with the final table appearance, Tran has been the World Poker Tour’s Player of the Year, reaching eight WPT final tables.
In addition to the WPT success, Tran also has two WSOP bracelets, and has won over $8 million in tournament earnings during his time as a pro. For Tran, the chance to sign the deal with 888 puts him in line to be the third 888poker team member at this year’s WSOP main event final table. The others are Michiel Brummelhuis and Jay Farber.
“I am extremely excited to work with 888poker and looking forward to a great experience,” said Tran. “I can’t wait to represent 888poker at my best and help in any way possible.”
While most players who reach the final table spend the months picking the brains of professionals to prepare for their final table experience, Tran needs only to pick up the phone, with many of his pro friends on speed dial. He also could draw on over a dozen years of experience playing in the biggest pressure tournaments and cash games in the world.
Online poker sites have a long history of signing well-known poker pros to promote their brand. The past year has been particularly busy on the promoting front, with many online companies preparing for a possible move into the US, considered to be the largest online gambling market in the world.
Three states, New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware, are all expected to have online casinos, equipped with online poker rooms, up and running at some point in the latter part of this year. Dozens of other states are also considering changing their online gambling laws and regulating an industry that some believe is worth upwards of a trillion dollars.