An Tran is a Vietnamese-American professional poker player, now living in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Born in 1952 in Saigon, Tran learned how to play five-card stud when he served as a Green Beret Lieutenant in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he wanted a better life for himself so he left Vietnam and went to the U.S. After settling in Houston, Texas, he used his martial arts skills to open a karate studio.
Tran moved to Las Vegas in the mid-1980's to pursue poker and quickly realized that he had what it took to be a pro. He played cash games for a steady income but then decided to try his hand at tournaments.
It didn't take long for Tran to become successful. His first cashed in the WSOP in 1989 - one of which was a final table in the $2,000 no-limit hold'em event and the other was a cash in the main event. He then cashed twice the following year as well.
The next year, 1991, he won his first and only bracelet in the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event. He also made the final table and placed 4th in the $5,000 pot-limit Omaha.
In 1996, he also made a final table in the WSOP main event and finished 5th for $128,700.
In 2004, he almost won a 2nd bracelet when he finished 2nd to John Hennigan in the $5,000 limit hold'em event, earning $170,200. Next year, he finished 7th in the 2005 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'Em Event for $104,970.
As of 2009, he has made a total of 22 WSOP final tables and collected 43 WSOP cashes. He also made a WPT final table in the 2006 Gold Strike World Poker Open, finishing 4th for $125,856.
As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,600,000.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013