Victor Ramdin is a Poker Junkie
What's the longest poker session you've ever played?
The longest online session I had was probably about 26 hours, it was on PokerStars. I was very deep in a tournament and I was playing all different size of tournaments, one after the other. And I ended up getting deep in tournament after tournament, so I keep going and going and going.
In the end I did loose a couple of thousand, but I a had lot of fun chatting with my fans on PokerStars. I felt horrible afterwards - it's like you want to sleep, but yet you can't sleep. I don't advice anyone to do that.
What's the most you've lost in one session?
I lost about $70,000 on High Stakes Poker, a couple of years ago. But apart from that a normal loss for me would be 15-20K in a session, because I'm not really a high stakes player.
What's the most you've won in one session?
I'm not necessarily a big winner, because when I seem to reach my little goal that I have planned for that day and then loose two-three pots, I'm going to get up and leave. I'm not going to give it back. If I buy-in for $10,000 in a game, and I am up like $15,000, I'm going to hold on to that money, brother. I have a rule that says I shouldn't give back more than 40% of what I have won in a session. 30 % is probably the max I can give back, after that point I'm just freezing, I'm done.
What's the max number of tables you play when you're multi-tabling?
I play approximately eight. I like to play the low stakes on PokerStars, where I have a lot of fans. I like to play a lot of sit-and-gos, $100 up to $2,000. And I love the Sunday tournaments on stars, they're great, the best value for your money ever.
When was the last time you had a totally poker-free week?
I have a poker-free week coming up very soon. It's a week when I do charity work for kids in my country. It's from the 18th of July through the 28th of July, and there is zero poker in my mind and that time; the only thing I'm thinking about is making a difference in someone else's life, give back something.
Have you ever chosen poker over a partner?
Many times, but I'm not going to say when, because I don't want to reveal all my secrets here. Instead of cheating on my wife, I would rather cheat with poker, you know. That says it all about me and poker.
How many of your friends are poker players?
That's a damn good question, actually. I would say about 65%. I think that's too much, because sometimes you don't need to talk about poker, poker, poker. You need to talk about something else. You get sick of it after a while.
Do you use poker lingo in your everyday language?
I actually do, in business sometimes, you know. I'm offering something up for sale, I get an offer, but the offer is not right, and we go back and forth and finally it is take or leave it, and I will just say "Sorry bro, you're drawing dead".
Most expensive thing you've destroyed after a bad beat?
I'm really not that crazy about that part, but I've heard of people breaking computers and stuff. The worst feeling I can have after a bad beat is at the World Series of Poker, I've just lost on a one-outer, walking back through the lobby, heading to my car to go home, and a good friend shows up and says "Victor, did you see what just happened to me? The bad beat I just took?" Sometimes I just want to tell my best friend "Go f**k yourself!", but I just can't. That's the closest I can get to losing my mind after a bad beat.
Do you make side bets?
I love to play props. The reason why is because I like to be into the game, especially in flop games. It keeps me focused on the game. That's my only reason for it, not necessarily the money. If I'm with the table with Barry Greenstein, I play props and I enjoy doing that. I don't believe in crazy side bets, I don't have such a big ego.
Who would you say is the biggest poker junkie out there?
I would say Phil Ivey. I've heard a lot of stories about Erick Lindgren as well, but I don't know. These guys seem to really be gambling it up.
Victor Ramdin seems to gambling it up pretty much himself. As far as we're concerned, he's a true poker junkie!
Victor Ramdin's biggest poker achievements:
WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic 2006 - 1st - $1,331,889
Total career prize money: $2,474,795 (July 3, 2008)