Mimi Tran, Tony G
Tony is another seasoned vet who has showed up to every event since the World Series kicked off. And as you may have read in Owen's interview with him today, he hasn't been doing well at all. Three cashes and no final tables is not what any pro is aiming for. To be honest, most pros haven't been faring very well either, but Tony is being exceptionally hard on himself. Playing day in and day out has left him drained, and he isn't having anything close to the fun that he hoped to.
Poker is all about fun. Above all, that is the one thing that every player has in common at this tournament - they love to play poker. When you're no longer having fun while doing something you purportedly love, the door is then opened for depression to be welcomed in. When someone can claim to be playing good poker, yet still claim to get no enjoyment out of it, the signs are there, and all it takes is one bad beat to send a man over the edge. Lock up the silverware.
Of the three on this list, Jennifer's is the most serious case. Every day at the tables, the woman looks more and more like a shell of the woman she was when this tournament began. Jennifer is one of the true legends of poker, and one of the most accomplished (if not the most accomplished) ladies in the game. She's been playing since she was 8, has two WSOP bracelets, and was one of the members of "The Corporation," the crew of high rollers famously chronicled in the book "The Professor, The Banker, and The Suicide King."
Her tournament started strong this year; she almost made it to a final table at the first No-Limit event. But since then, she has made one very negligible cash, and that's it. I've been worried about Jennifer for about a week or so now. She looks miserable at the table. Her language is getting filthier, and her posture poorer. It would be fine to if this macabre exterior was simply a new table persona that Jennifer was attempting to cultivate, but Owen and I ran into her the other day at Neiman Marcus (Owen was jewelry shopping) and she looked even more miserable than she does when she's looking at pocket Aces.
Jennifer, I think you need a break. Take some time away from the Series. I know you have obligations to Full Tilt Poker, but your health must come first. Treat yourself to a day at the spa. Go see that Elton John show. Get your mind off the WSOP for a day or two. Obviously shopping isn't the cure. Please, please get better.