Tony Tran Comes Back from Two Big Blinds to Win WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble

Oct 23, 2018

By Matt Clark

Champion Tony Tran

In what is an annual tradition on the World Poker Tour, another exciting final table took place at the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble. Tony Tran emerged in Jacksonville against a stacked final table that featured 11 combined WPT final table appearances among its members. Tran was down to two big blinds on Day 2 with 30 players remaining and only two days later, is the winner of $341,486 against a field of 356 entries.

WPT besbet Bounty Scramble Final Table Results

1st: Tony Tran – $341,486*
2nd: Jake Schwartz – $228,590
3rd: Kelly Minkin – $146,973
4th: Ray Qartomy – $95,684
5th: Ping Liu – $73,734
6th: Dominique Mosley – $60,981

*First place includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.

The live streamed final table started with only one short stack among the six. Dominique Mosley had already locked up a career-best cash on the World Poker Tour by making the final table but could not climb out of his early deficit.

Jake Schwartz started the day as the chip leader and added more to his stack as a result of Mosley’s demise. In the 11th hand of the final table, Mosley shoved for 340,000 in the cutoff and Tran called in the small blind. Schwartz woke up with Club ASpade A in the big blind and raised to 895,000. Tran held Heart ADiamond K and four-bet to 1.4 million. Schwartz shoved for 5.195 million and Tran got out of the way.

Mosley’s Spade JSpade 10 was in rough shape and he exited after the Heart 5Club 4Diamond 2Diamond 3Diamond 7 board gave Schwartz a straight.

The table went to four-handed when Ping Liu was busted by Ray Qartomy in fifth place. On Hand #20, Schwartz raised under the gun to 110,000 and Liu shoved for 920,000 in the cutoff with Club AClub 4. Qartomy woke up with Heart JDiamond J and reshoved behind Liu. The rest of the table folded and a board of Heart KClub 8Heart 5Spade 9Diamond 6 confirmed Liu’s fate.

The final four players battled for 44 hands before a short-stacked Qartomy’s run came to an end. Qartomy pushed with Club KHeart Q on the button for 525,000 with the blinds at 30,000/60,000. Tran called with Diamond ASpade 7 in the big blind and turned an ace to secure the hand versus Qartomy.

Schwartz held a dominating 75 percent of the chips when three-handed play started but a cooler in the favor of Tran changed that dynamic.

In the second hand of the three-handed sparring, Tran raised to 140,000 on the button with Club ASpade A and Schwartz three-bet to 520,000 with Club KHeart K. Tran just called and the Club 5Spade 5Spade 4 brought a bet of 360,000 from Schwartz. The Heart A hit the turn and both players checked. Schwartz bet 700,000 on the Heart 6 river and Tran pushed for 1.3 million total. Schwartz used some time before calling and Tran earned the double.

Kelly Minkin stood in the middle of the pack for most of the final table and was in the mix during three-handed play after winning a flip against Schwartz. Tran found another big hand at the right time and Minkin ended up on the wrong side of the encounter.

Minkin limped the small blind with Club AClub 3 and Tran raised to 480,000 holding Heart AClub K with the blinds up to 40,000/80,000. An all-in of 2.26 million came from Minkin’s stack and Tran snap-called. The Spade AClub 4Spade 3 flop gave Minkin the lead but the Heart 4 on the turn counterfeited her hand. The Heart 9 river locked up the best hand for Tran and he took the lead into heads up play versus Schwartz.

Schwartz regained the chip lead against Tran but a cooler in the favor of Tran all but locked up the title. Tran raised the button to 260,000 with Club QHeart Q and Schwartz three-bet to 880,000 with Club 9Diamond 9. Tran four-bet to 2 million and called all-in for 5.395 million when Schwartz shoved. The Heart AClub JClub 8Spade 5Club A board was all Tran and he doubled into a commanding lead.

Tran finished off Schwartz 10 hands later in the 133rd hand of the final table. Tran raised to 300,000 with Spade ADiamond K and snap-called a shove of 2.305 million from Schwartz, who had Diamond ADiamond 5. Both players paired on the Heart KHeart 8Spade 5 flop and Tran held through the Club 4 turn and Spade 3 river to clinch the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble title.

1,050 points sit next to Tran’s name in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race and he is sixth overall with WPT Maryland champion Tony Ruberto still in first place.

WPT Montreal Up Next

The WPT moves to Canada next and Playground Poker Club for WPT Montreal on October 28. The CAD $5,300 event carries a sizable CAD $5 million guarantee and plays until a winner is crowned on November 4.

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