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JC Tran has won more than $8 million playing live poker tournaments but after booking a few losing years on the circuit this deep WSOP Main Event run couldn't have come at a better time. Tran has a young son and a daughter on the way and he speaks to PokerListings.com about the stress of providing for a family by playing poker. Tran is stacked in the final 27 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event with a shot at the biggest final table in poker and a possible $8 million payday. Get the full story from Tran himself on PokerListings.com.
Well, making it this deep in a main event, it's unreal. I've been playing so hard and just these long hours, long days, and I'm where I'm at now. I really feel like there's so much more work to do to really even be satisfied with where you're at. I know a lot of guys bust out at this stage in the tournament, and they're pretty satisfied with the money. But when you get an opportunity like this, once in the...this is probably like my 10th main event, and I finally got under 50 players. And for me to finish anything less than the final table, it's gonna be really, really disappointing because something like this might not ever come back around again.
If you check my results in the last few years, I've had losing tournament years every single year for the last three years I wanna say. And me being a family man now, I have a two-year-old boy and I have a daughter on the way in November. So for me to win a nice chunk of money and take a break from poker, that'll be great you. I'm doing this for my family more than I am for myself. And I got a bunch of friends that has small pieces of me and some of those guys need the money, too. And, to me, as long as I can put smiles on peoples faces at the end of the day, my job's complete.
If I was just playing for myself and I had no one else to worry about, I wouldn't care. If I go broke, I go broke. There's money to be made anywhere. But now, being a family man and having friends that rely on you...and that's one of the reasons why I swap pieces with some of my friends. I feel like, hey, they have a chance to make me some money, and at the same time, I have a chance to make them some money. And at the end of the day, if I win this tournament, everyone's gonna be happy. It doesn't matter...the last thing I want is for me to do this and the main focus is me. It's not about me. It's about my family and my friends and just everybody out there.
My mindset for me right now is to just keep cool and do what I've been doing and let it come to me. Don't try to force anything and play might change later. Right now, I'm really comfortable with play and if play changes later, I have to adjust. At this stage in the tournament, no matter what table draw I get, just anybody I'm up against, I'm not gonna underestimate anyone. I'm gonna give it my all, play at my hardest because there's tons of good players left and the last thing you wanna do is underestimate someone and make that crucial mistake that's gonna maybe even hurt the tournament life. So I really feel like the best thing for me right now is just to respect everyone like they know how to play poker and play my best and make the best decisions I can. And then let the cards do the rest.
I haven't, for these long days, I haven't really seen anyone crack yet, but I know that there are some mistakes that some of the players have made maybe even myself, that if we were more fresh, we might of not made it. I saw a guy earlier, he risked his whole stack with Ace-Queen when I'm sure when he's fresh and he thought through it, he could've probably folded. The most important thing for me is to try win as much money as I can because how often are you gonna get an opportunity to win $8 million, and tournaments have gotten so tough it's really hard to win a million dollar tournament. So if I can capture first place in this tournament for $8 million, it's just basically, it's gonna put a period at the end of my poker accomplishment and basically say, "I did what I needed to do." One of my dreams was to make a final tournament event. I'm really close to it. I can't stop now, gotta keep going. And W after that would be priceless.