Ramdin boldly walks out on live event for online contest

Say anything you want about Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin, but don't question his ability to be bold or dedication to PokerStars players.

Ramdin was playing in the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic this weekend and found himself in a tough spot. It had nothing to do with his ultra-tough opponents. Much to their surprise, Ramdin stood up in the middle of the tournament, announced he was otherwise engaged, and walked out of the tournament room.

As it happened, Ramdin was scheduled to play in two VIP Club matches on PokerStars. Each one of the players in the matches had spent 15,000 Frequent Player Points to play against Ramdin. Ramdin had spent $15,000 to get into the Five-Diamond. To Ramdin, there was no question at all. He estimated it would cost him no less than 20,000 chips in the live (not to mention anything he might actually earn in the meantime) if he went upstairs and played.

"It's important that you treat your fans with respect," he said.

And so to his computer he went, leaving his blinds to be nicked and his chips to be scattered among his opponents. Unlike some pros with a fan responsibility, Ramdin not only showed up, he played hard.

"I played my heart out," he said. "I didn't just shove my chips in."

His reward? A bad beat in each event to send him back to the Five-Diamond. Well, not only that. Because of his dedication to the PokerStars VIP Club members, the World Poker Tour named him the Blue Diamond Almond Bold Player of the Day. For that honor, Ramdin will get a can of Blue Diamond Almonds delivered to his house every week for a year. He may never want for the nuts again.

Ramdin went on to cash in the Five-Diamond, busting out late last night in 61st place for $23,420.

"I did what I had to do and I'm happy with that," he said.

In other Five Diamond news Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes also made it to the money, and Barry Greenestein is still alive going into Day 4.

Brad Willis
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