WSOP 2012: What Victor wants
Victor Ramdin wants a World Series of Poker bracelet. I don't have to ask him this morning if he wants one, because it's a simple, ongoing, indisputable fact. He's been trying to win one for a decade. In that time, he has cashed at the World Series of Poker more than 30 times. He's earned more than $400,000 at the WSOP. Still, the bracelet eludes him. Tonight, he aims to catch it.
Ramdin has once again made the final table of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout. For whatever reason, I've come to think of this as Ramdin's event. I remember watching him at the final table of the same event back in 2007. Though he only finished in 9th place at the time, he looked completely in his element. He seemed somehow destined to win his first bracelet in exactly that event.
And so, it came as no surprise to me when Ramdin monied in the same tournament last year. And it came as zero surprise last night when Ramdin made the final table again.
Now Ramdin has a chance to win his bracelet in his event.
If Ramdin can win one more shootout table tonight, he will be the first Team PokerStars Pro to score a bracelet this year. It wouldn't be the biggest cash of his career, but it would be one of the most important. It's because of that fact that you might want to put a few bucks down on the Team Pro.
A few years ago, I found myself in the back of a cab with Ramdin on some crazy road along the coast of Costa Rica. A few months earlier, the ride might have been a little cramped. Instead, Ramdin was svelte and healthy. After getting a bit doughy sitting at poker tables for hours on end, Ramdin dedicated himself to losing a bunch of weight. He entered a substantial weight loss bet.
But get this...when it was over, Ramdin had lost the bet and a lot of money. But he also lost 30 pounds in the process.
"No complaints," he said at the time.
Why? How could he possibly be happy about losing a bunch of money and the pride of winning the bet?
Because the bet wasn't what was important to him. Losing the weight was what he wanted.
Tonight, Ramdin stands a chance at winning more than $100,000. But when he wakes up today, ask him what's more important to him: the hundred grand or the gold bracelet.
I think I know what he'll say.