Tran always wears a ball cap at poker tournaments. Although the rotating batch of New York Yankees hats has become the poker pro's signature look, he'd be happy to replace them with the logo of a corporate sponsor should the right deal come along. But so far companies haven't come knocking with any remotely tempting offers. While some of his less-accomplished poker peers are busy fielding product endorsement offers and invites to network-televised tournaments, Tran is among a group of top poker players of Asian descent whose skill level isn't reflected in sponsorship earnings and media attention. Players such as Clonie Gowen - whose best results include winning a World Poker Tour Ladies Night and finishing 10th at the Costa Rica Classic in - stroll red carpets at poker events and enjoy high-profile endorsement deals. Some came into the game and created a bad image for players of their race; others speak in broken English or don't have the appearance they need to appeal to audiences, he said.
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Players from different Asian countries and regions are expected to take part in the series which is now in its fourth year. Online qualifiers kick off in mid-April. They can also take part in an offline satellite tournament for a chance to win their way to the BPT Finals happening on June 28 — July 3. This year, players have every reason to get pumped up.
Chinese poker is a card game based on poker hand rankings. It is intended a beginner-friendly game, as only a basic knowledge of poker hand rankings is needed to get started. Additionally, the format allows for frequent unexpected outcomes, so there is a large element of luck involved, therefore a beginner has a good chance of winning in the short term, even against experienced opponents. Chinese poker is typically played as a four-person game, though it can also be played with two or three. In Chinese poker, each player receives a card hand from a standard card deck.