Cookies on the PokerWorks Website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the PokerWorks website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

Continue using cookies

Poker News | People in Poker | Poker Superstars

Where Are They Now – Victor Ramdin

Share this
Where are They Now is a series of an in depth look at all poker players - not just the pros - as they travel through one long game. Some of the players profiled are deceased but not forgotten.

Many of the subjects in the “Where Are They Now” series were seemingly born with a deck of cards in their hand.  A lot of these now superstars sat down at their first poker game before their arms were even long enough to drag in the pot across the family table.  A select few, such as Victor Ramdin, didn’t have the foggiest idea of even how to play poker until they were well into adulthood.  Despite that apparent handicap, Ramdin has proven he can hold his own against those playing since childhood during his relatively short playing career.  While still learning the game he has managed to find himself in top spots in the most popular poker tournaments the world over.

Annand Ramdin was born May 28, 1968 in Georgetown, Guyana.  As mentioned, poker was far from his mind as a youth.  Instead he concentrated on finding ways to make money for his poor family in his poor country.  Ramdin took work as a taxi driver almost as soon as he started to drive, but the cars they drove were in such bad shape that he considered it a blessing if he went to start his cab and it would start.  In addition, if one of the tires went flat, it would sometimes take a number of days to find a new tire and a way to pay for it.  

Ramdin knew he didn’t want to be a taxi driver forever.  After a number of years he was able to save enough money to migrate to the United States.  Although he first came to New York City with very little money he held a strong desire to succeed.  He was able to open a shop, and it was successful, so overtime he was able to open up a number of shops throughout the city.  In addition to owning several stores, he also became involved in real estate.  In a relatively short time Ramdin was living the “American Dream,” and for the most part was content.

One night while in a bar with some friends, he noticed a poker game going on and began to watch.  One of his friends mentioned to Ramdin that he knew how to play and would be willing to teach him if he wanted.  Ramdin said sure, and sat down in the game.  Ramdin enjoyed the game but wasn’t hooked.  However, each time he went to the bar he found himself wanting to play in the game, and in just a matter of a couple weeks he felt completely hooked and wanted to learn everything he could about the game and start playing for more than just free bar tabs.

At the end of 2002 Ramdin started making trips to Atlantic City to play in live tournaments and cash games.  He played in the United States Poker Championships in December of that year, cashing in two smaller tournaments in that series.  The cashes gave him enough confidence to travel to Las Vegas in May of 2003 to compete in his first World Series of Poker.  While there he cashed in two tournaments, including finishing 29th in the Main Event for $35,000.  While the successes weren’t huge, they were good enough for Ramdin to decide he wouldn’t mind giving his full attention to trying to be a professional poker player.

While Ramdin began playing in Las Vegas more, he generated the attention of a poker player named Phil Ivey (Yes, that Phil Ivey).  Ramdin and Ivey became fast friends, and the two discussed many hands, with Ivey taking the role of poker teacher.  The tutoring paid off pretty quickly.  After a series of good tournament runs, which saw Ramdin make five figures three times, he really hit the big time in November of 2003.  He finished in third place for $203,700 at the Showdown at the Sands $10,000 buy-in Main Event.

Ramdin became one of the hardest working men on the poker circuit, seemingly appearing in every major poker tournament around the world.  In 2006 that work ethic paid off to the tune of $1,331,889 dollars, when he took down the World Poker Tour’s Foxwoods Poker Classic.  That victory catapulted him to the top of the class when it came to big poker players, and helped Ramdin secure a sponsorship deal with PokerStars, one that he still holds today.

For his career the WPT title is both his biggest victory to date, and his only major tournament victory, but it certainly hasn’t been a lack for trying.  He has cashed in a total of 12 WSOP events, including six of those coming in just the last two years.  On top of his WPT victory he has cashed in an additional ten events.  He is approaching the three million dollar mark in winnings in his poker career.  

Away from the poker table, Ramdin is a philanthropist, offering his time and money towards helping people back in his home country of Guyana.  The charity, named “Guyana Watch,” has kept Ramdin busy.  A few times a year he travels to Guyana with doctors from America to give treatment to people who normally wouldn’t get it or can’t afford it.  Over the last few years Ramdin has concentrated his efforts on those needing treatment in their battle of AIDS.  Almost 1 of 10 people in the country of Guyana has AIDS, many of them born with it, and nearly all of them can’t afford the treatment required to keep them healthy without the help from charities.  In addition to offering his time to this charity, Ramdin has also started donating 1/4th of all the money he earns in live tournaments to the effort.

Ramdin still considers New York City home, despite being on the road for many months a year.  He spends time with his wife and two children when he is at home.  There is some level of irony that Ramdin started his journey in a taxi cab, and now lives in the city with the most cabs in the world.  One thing is for sure though, Ramdin isn’t in the driver’s seat anymore, unless of course it’s at the poker table.  

*Read Billy Monroe’s Blog*

News Flash

The IRS Scores Big at 2015 WSOP ME Final Table

The IRS managed to snag 34.13 percent from the payouts of the 2015 November Nine, totaling $8,467,091.

Read more

Quick Room Review

Bonus Room review

Subscribe to the Nightly Turbo

Be the first to know all the latest poker news, tournament results, gossip and learn all about the best online poker deals straight from your inbox.

RSS Feed