JC Tran entered the final of the PartyPoker Premier League III with the lead and ended play with another title, coming back to overtake Tony G and add $300,000 to his sensational year's efforts. The final table brought together an all-star cast of players, with the seat assignments and starting chip counts as follows:
Seat 1: Tom Dwan (United States) - 260,000
Seat 2: Juha Helppi (Finland) - 340,000
Seat 3: Tony G (Australia) - 260,000
Seat 4: Roland de Wolfe (United Kingdom) - 230,000
Seat 5: JC Tran (United States) - 450,000
Seat 6: Peter Eastgate (Denmark) - 390,000
Play began at the 5,000/10,000 level. Tony G doubled through in an early hand against Tom "durrrr" Dwan to move into strong contention, but the short-stacked Dwan outlasted two other players before finally succumbing. Instead it was Peter Eastgate who exited first after trying a re-raise steal against JC Tran, who had opened the betting in the first elimination with pocket aces. Tran called Eastgate's bet before the flop, then allowed Eastgate to move all-in on the K-high flop before calling with his overpair, which held up for the massive pot. Eastgate started the final in second spot but had to settle for a $30,000 payday.
Fifth place went to Roland de Wolfe, who started the day on a short but playable stack yet found no traction through the early levels. De Wolfe seemed poised to double through with against Juha Helppi's , which left Helppi with only two clean outs – as Dwan reported folding an ace. One of those aces showed on the flop, a king never showed, and de Wolfe had $40,000 to show for his tough beat on the London set.
Dwan's run ended when his last chips went into the middle in a big hand against Tony G. Tony G bet 25,000 after a flop with and top pair, and Dwan moved all in with for the same top pair and an open-ended draw. The turn blanked and the river let Tony G's jack kicker stand up for the knockout. Tony G then ended Juha Helppi's hopes of becoming the series' first two-time winner. Helppi moved the last of his chips in with and Tony G called with . The flop brought a queen and the board ran out with small cards, and Helppi exited in third with $80,000.
Tony G held the lead for much of the heads-up duel but Tran surged into the lead after forcing Tony G off a pot in which both players flopped a pair but the board served up a second pair on the turn. Tran took down the win a short while later. In the final hand of the event, Tran limped in from the button with and Tony G checked his option with . The flop came to give Tran top pair and a gutshot draw and Tony G an open-ended draw with two overcards. Tony G checked, Tran bet 60,000, Tony G check-raised all in and Tran called. The turn brought the to move Tran closer to the title, and when the river brocked out with the , Tran had the win and the $300,000 payday, becoming this year's winner of the PartyPoker Premier League, while Tony G's strong final table netted him runner-up honors and a check for $150,000.
1st: JC Tran - $300,000
2nd: Tony G - $150,000
3rd: Juha Helppi - $80,000
4th: Tom Dwan - $50,000
5th: Roland de Wolfe - $40,000
6th: Peter Eastgate - $30,000