It was on this day in 2003 where poker superstar J.C. Tran would collect his first-ever victory on the live tournament circuit. Tran would defeat Habib Khanis heads-up to win the $330 No-Limit Hold’em prelim event at the 2003 Heavenly Hold’em series presented at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.
Tran would go on to win a pair of World Series of Poker gold bracelets as well as become a two-time winner on the World Poker Tour.
Top 5 | $300 Heavenly Hold’em Prelim
1st J.C. Tran (USA), $74,150
2nd Habib Khanis (USA), $38,075
3rd Karapet Palyan (USA), $19,040
4th George Rechnitzer (USA), $12,025
5th Alberto Hernandez (USA), $9,020
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