Bicycle Big Event 2011 Won By Victor RamdinMarch 12, 2011 8:28 am
Victor Ramdin has won the 2011 Bicycle Casino Big Event, after overcoming a field of 417 players over six days to lift the title, as well as collect the $500,000 first place prize.
The $5,000 buy-in Big Event at the Bicycle Casino seemed to have Victor Ramdin’s name firmly etched on it from the start and the Guyana born pro held the chip lead from Day 2 until the final table of eight, which he entered in second spot.
Going into the last day’s play, Jeremy Ausmus was out in front with 4 million in chips, followed by Victor Ramdin (2.279m), and Taylor von Kriegenbergh (1.81m). Also at the final table was Joe Hachem (1.666m), Bryan Leskowitz (1.087m), Santiago Nadal (943k), Jose Noronha (568k) and a short-stacked Govert Metaal with 149k in chips.
However, the final table soon turned into the Joe Hachem show, who then proceeded to run over the table.
First to leave the arena was Santiago Nadal in 8th ($35,327) after his pocket jacks lost to Ramdin’s A-K.
Joe Hachem with Kh-Jh then eliminated Jose Noronha in 7th place ($55,000) holding pocket sevens, before then being dealt Ac-Qc and taking care of another pocket pair (5-5), this time held by Govert Metaal, who was sent to the rail in 6th ($75,000).
After Bryan Leskowitz was eliminated in 5th spot ($100,000) by Jeremy Ausmus, Joe Hatchem was back in the action once more, this time knocking-out Taylor von Kriegenbergh in 4th ($140,000) and Jeremy Ausmus in 3rd ($190,000) before then facing off against Victor Ramdin for the title.
Hatchem’s incredible run saw him take a 7.09 million to 5.42 million lead into the heads-up final.
However, Ramdin soon doubled up after flopping a straight against Hachem’s top pair and open-ended straight draw. Eventually, the defining hand of the heads-up phase saw Hachem getting it all-in pre-flop with Ac-Kc to Ramdin’s Ad-Jh, but the A-J-8-10-2 board sealed Hachem’s fate, who then had to settle for a runner-up prize worth $300,000.
In the meantime, Victor Ramdin was crowned the champion and the $500,000 first place prize now takes his live career earning to around $3.3 million.
After his victory, Ramdin posted on his Twitter account:
“Yippee its finally over thanks for all your support I beat world champion Joe Hachem [my buddy] to win 5k event at the bike.”