It was a tough flip to lose.
Team PokerStars Pro Felipe Ramos had been coming close to a High Roller victory for some time. Then he found himself deep in the €25,000 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® with a decent stack. There were 12 players left and Ramos got dealt A♥K♠. Thomas Muehloecker, who had just moved all-in a couple of times, raised again. Ramos re-raised from the small blind and Julian Stuer threw in a four-bet from the big blind.
Muehloecker folded and Ramos jammed for about 800,000. Stuer had about double that and called with pocket jacks.
A win would’ve put Ramos near the chip lead and the €1 million top prize would’ve been on the horizon. Ramos was ready for it, he was confident he was going to do well the night before the tournament started and he came ready to win. Even after a short stint in the hospital last night due to muscle problems in his right side, Ramos came to Day 3 ready to take the title. Winning that flip would’ve put him a good position to do that, but the board brought all low cards and Julian Stuer took down the pot with pocket jacks.
The hand gave Stuer the chip lead while Ramos won €75,600 for the 12th place finish. Ramos had been on a slow climb all tournament, but it all came crashing down with a flip. Despite that, Ramos is happy with how he played, even if he isn’t happy with the result.
“I’m very disappointed to be out,” Ramos said. “I did everything I could.
“But that’s pretty standard poker.”
Finishing deep in a high rollers has also become pretty standard Ramos. When Ramos started playing these events a few years ago, he estimated that about 90 percent of the field had an edge on him. Now Ramos is the only player to have cashed in the last three PokerStars Championship High Rollers. On top of that, the Brazilian player also scored a pair of BSOP High Roller cashes since February.
Ramos says players in high rollers now consider him as a force to be reckoned with, rather than a player they have an edge over. It’s an honor, Ramos says, especially since the field here in Monaco is one of the toughest in the world.
The secret to Ramos’ success isn’t really a secret, he says, it’s been hard work and dedication. After a mistake-filled debut in high rollers, Ramos focused all his attention to improving his game and playing against the best. He cut down on other ventures and things that were distracting him from his game. Ramos recently went to a meditation camp in Nepal to hone his mental fortitude. He gave himself one simple goal: to win.
“I’ve been really focused,” Ramos said. “I’m playing better, I’m feeling better and it’s starting to show.”
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Ramos is the Latin American player with the highest GPI ranking and emphasizes that regardless of social status, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to as long as you give it 100 percent. It’s been working for Ramos, the Brazilian Team Pro has racked up $300,000 in live tournament earnings just this year. Ramos has been getting some impressive results, but he says it’s not enough for him. Ramos wants a win and he’s going to do whatever he has to to get it.
“I’m 100 percent sure that something big is going to happen soon,” Ramos said. “It’s coming.”
For now that means heading off the Amsterdam to play in the WPT. After that, Ramos will play the SCOOP before heading down to the next PokerStars Championship in Sochi.
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Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.