Victor Ramdin defeats Joe Hachem for The Big Event title

Victor Ramdin defeats Joe Hachem for The Big Event title

Friday, 11 March 2011

The NAPT L.A. became The Big Event at The Bike less than a week before it kicked off after a barney with California gaming regulators who disapproved of PokerStars sponsorship. Thus, this event was not decked out in red spades and black posters – until we got to the final.

Despite the lack of PokerStars colours, Joe Hachem and Victor Ramdin – two members of Team PokerStars Pro – made sure to fly the flag as they stormed through the field to the final table and took top honours with Ramdin defeating Hachem heads-up for the title and $500,000.

The 8-handed final table resumed play last night (1pm local time) with eight players guaranteed $30,327 profit on their $5,000 buy-in (or cheap-as-chips satellite) but with six-figure payouts for the top five finishers and half a million for first, no one was resting on their laurels.

In the end it was Ramdin, second in chips at the start of play and aggressive from the get-go on Day 1, who took down the event after a long three-handed battle with Hachem and Jeremy Ausmas.

It was Hachem who eliminated Ausmus, notching up his third scalp of the final table and going heads-up with over 7m to Ramdin’s 5.4m. However, Ramdin flopped a straight when Hachem got his chips in with an open-ender and top pair, doubling up and taking the lead. The Aussie 2005 Main Event champion fought back well but in the end lost out with A-K versus A-J. As TJ Cloutier would say, that’s poker.

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