The stellar gathering of poker pros at the recently concluded Asian Poker Tour Macau proved to be a fruitful recruiting ground for London-listed Asian Logic, which announced this week that JC Tran, Quinn Do and Nam Le have signed up to represent the APT on the world poker market.
The deal was off to a flying start with Nam Le winning the PokerStars.net APPT Macau High Rollers event over the weekend, and Quinn Do finishing third.
Tom Hall, CEO of AsianLogic plc said: " We have big plans for these guys and are happy they signed with us to spread the word about the APT worldwide. We expected success but such a result for two of the ambassadors so quickly is brilliant!"
At only 25 years-old, Vietnamese-American Nam Le is already considered by many to be a major threat at live tournaments. Nam already has a couple of first place finishes under his belt – the 2006 Bay 101 Shooting Star WPT Championship and the 2006 Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge II, as well top place finishes in several WSOP and WPT events. His most recent finish was at 4th at the 2008 LA Poker Classic WPT Championship where he earned $411 770. Le's total winnings to date exceed $4.3 million.
Quinn Do finished 20th overall at the APT Manila and won $7 500 in prize money. Quinn decided to play poker full time in 2004 after his time at the University of Washington and after dabbling in the restaurant business. Since turning pro, Do has been a regular at major live poker events and won a WSOP bracelet in 2005. Other notable finishes by the Vietnam-born Do includes a 2nd place finish at the Bellagio Challenge Cup Championship in 2005 and most recently, a 2nd place finish at the 2008 LA Poker Classic WPT Championship where he went home with $909 400. Quinn Do's total poker winnings to date have exceeded USD $2 million.
J.C Tran didn't fare so well in the High Rollers event at the APPT Macau but needs little introduction. Tran is currently the top-ranked player worldwide 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 winnings of a staggering $6.7 million to date. His most recent victory was at Event 49 of the 39th World Series of Poker 2008, where he won a bracelet and $631 170.
The Asian Poker Tour was recently acquired by AsianLogic, and as part of the new structure of the APT, four events will be held across Asia in 2008. Next year, the Tour plans to increase this to a total of six events. Each tournament is set to attract live players as well as internet players who will qualify via online satellites. Each main event will offer a minimum guaranteed USD $1 million prize pool.