Hanh Tran wins another WSOP bracelet

Hanh Tran has added another World Series of Poker bracelet to his collection after taking down the €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed tournament at the WSOP Europe.

This was Tran’s second career WSOP bracelet win and second win in the last four months. He posted his first career WSOP win earlier this year at the 2018 WSOP after winning the $1,500 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw tournament.

In Europe, Tran faced a 572-player field, for a prize pool of €274,417 ($314,000 US). For the win, he cashed €59,675 ($68,365 US). Tran’s career live poker earnings now sit at just over $564,000, with nearly half coming in WSOP events.

Tran began the final table tied for the chip lead, but it was still a hard-fought battle to get his second bracelet. Tran eliminated two of the next six players to go to the rail, but so did Oleg Pavlyuchuk.

Tran vs Pavlyuchuk heads-up

Not surprisingly it came down to Tran and Pavlyuchuk heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began, Pavlyuchuk was in the driver’s seat with a more than 2-to-1 chip lead with 8.45 million chips to Tran’s 2.99 million. At one point Pavlyuchuk grew that to a 5-to-1 chip lead before Tran mounted his comeback.

To get the chip lead back, Tran posted two huge double-ups. First, with an amazing hand of As-Kc-Qc-Jc, he hit two pair on the flop, queens and jacks, to take a piece out of Pavlyuchuk’s stack. He then grabbed more chips with Kc-Qc-Qd-4d after the pair of queens turned out to be enough to double up.

On the final hand of the tournament, all the chips ended up in the middle after the flop showed Qs-7c-6c. Tran had 9d-7h-6h-4c for two pair, while Pavlyuchuk had Kd-Kh-4d-4s for a pair of kings. The turn was the 5d, creating the chance for a split pot if a 3 landed on the river. The river card was the 2d which helped neither player, eliminating Pavlyuchuk and giving Tran the win. For second place, Pavlyuchuk received €36,857 ($42,242 US).