The Big Event - Ramdin Wins, Hachem Second

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2011. March 11.
The poker tournament called the <em>'Big Event' </em>held at the <em>Bicycle Casino</em> in Los Angeles came to its end; <strong>Victor Ramdin</strong> won the first prize, $500,000, <strong>Joe Hachem</strong> earned $300,000 for the second place.
8 players started the final table yesterday at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.

Chip counts:

1st: Jeremy Ausmus — 4,008,000
2nd: Victor Ramdin — 2,279,000
3rd: Taylor von Kriegenbergh — 1,810,000
4th: Joe Hachem — 1,666,000
5th: Bryan Leskowitz — 1,087,000
6th: Santiago Nadal — 943,000
7th: Jose Noronha — 568,000
8th: Govert Metaal — 149,000


The field included Joe Cada és Carter Phillips, but they were eliminated on the first day, Daniel Negreanu, Jerry Yang, Kathy Liebert, Scott Clements, Michael Katz, Dwyte Pilgrim and Barry Greenstein made it to the second day, but they didn't get to the final table.

The extremely short-stacked Govert Metaal managed to double up two times, so the first to leave the table came to be Santiago Nadal. Nadal went pre-flop all-in with pocket jacks against Ramdin's {#}A {#}K hand, the turn brought Ramdin the winning ace.

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Joe Hachem

Not much later Jose De Noronha also took his bike after he pushed all-in. Hachem called with {#}K {#}J, De Noronha showed pocket sevens, which proved to be weak on the {#}2 {#}5 {#}K {#}9 {#}4 board. In 15 minutes Hachem eliminated Metaal. Leskowitz and Kriegenbergh followed him soon, this is when the 3-handed game started:

Jeremy Ausmus - 7.135.000
Joe Hachem - 2.835.000
Victor Ramdin - 2.550.000


Ausmus losing his chip lead soon became short-stacked, he called Joe Hachem's all in on the {#}J {#}6 {#}K flop.

Hachem: {#}K {#}7
Ausmus: {#}J {#}9

The heads-up started. It only lasted 20 minutes, Ramdin quickly managed to take the lead, he doubled up with a flopped straight, Hachem's top pair + open-ended straight draw. Hachem also doubled up with a flopped straight later aginst Ramdin's second pair + gutshot combo). Ramdin managed to get some advantage, and in the last hand he had much luck as well. Both players were all-in pre-flop, and although Hachem showed the better hand, {#}A {#}K , Ramdin's {#}A {#}J paired on the {#}J {#}8 {#}A flop, the turn and the river didn't help any of them.

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Victor Ramdin

Ramdin won his 2nd biggest prize $500,000 of his life, the first being the 2006 WPT Foxwoods first place for $1,331,889.

Final Results:


1. Victor Ramdin - $500.000
2. Joe Hachem - $300.000
3. Jeremy Ausmas - $190.000
4. Taylor von Kriegenbergh - $140.000
5. Bryan Leskowitz - $100.000
6. Govert Metaal - $75.000
7. Jose De Noronha - $55.000
8. Santiago Nadal - $35.327


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