Two More PartyPoker Premier League III Players Named

Two More PartyPoker Premier League III Players Named

Monday, 20 October 2008

Two more players have been announced for the Premier League III, which will take place in London from the 24th - 30th November 2008. US star JC Tran makes his first ever trip to Europe to take part, while Finland's Juha Helppi, winner of Premier League I, looks to create history by becoming the first two time champion.

JC Tran needs little introduction. Born in Vietnam in 1977 and now living in Sacramento, California, Tran is currently the top-ranked player IN THE WORLD on the Bluff Magazine/ESPN power rankings. After starting out by playing in local card rooms, he has won and cashed in big money tournaments and has total official winnings of over a staggering USD $6.7 million to date. His most notable recent victory was at Event #49 of the 39th World Series of Poker* 2008, where he won a bracelet and USD $631,170. JC was also the WPT's player of year for season five (he has made over $3 million on the WPT alone) and is amongst the most feared players in the world, both online and offline. He recently signed a deal, alongside friends Nam Le and Quinn Do, to become an ambassador for the Asian Poker Tour.

Joining JC and Andy Black in the line-up is Juha Helppi. He celebrated his 30th birthday in style and avenged his inner demons by winning the inaugural Premier League title in 2007. Helppi, from Helsinki, Finland showed skill and patience in abundance to overcome a world class field. As well as celebrating his landmark birthday, the flying Finn, who is also a national paintball champion, shot down Phil Hellmuth, who won a 10th WSOP* bracelet at his expense with famous theatrics in 2006. Helppi is a World Poker Tour winner and hugely respected player on the international circuit.
Juha has no doubt about his intentions for Premier League III. "I loaned my trophy to Mr Black last season, but now it is time to take it back!"

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