Not many poker players hail from Guyana, but Victor (Annand) Ramdin is an exception.
Not many poker players hail from Guyana, but Victor (Annand) Ramdin is an exception. Born in 1968 in Georgetown, GY, he spent quite a part of his life being a taxi driver, with his primary concern being putting some food on the table for his family and having enough money for new tires on his car. When the opportunity presented for him to migrate to the US, he gladly took it, and never regretted the decision. Family man, with wife and two kids, he was looking forward to new prospects that were about to unveil. Little did he know how far this new life would take him.
His first contact with poker happened in a local bar, where a group of his friends would gather to play. He was attracted by the game, started learning it, and was soon ready to start playing on a more serious level. He started playing on the live tournament circuit, getting some scores and was even coached by Phil Ivey for some time. The first important result came in 2003, when he finished 29th in the WSOP Main Event, and although the cash was not big one, it proved to him that he had what it takes. The most significant score for Ramdin came in 2006, when he won the WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic Championship event for more than $1.3 million. Another really big result happened in 2011, when he took the 1st place in Los Angeles based The Big Event, banking $500,000. His winnings to date are close to $4 million.
After having a very successful 2006, he was signed as a pro by Full Tilt Poker, the fact he was very proud of, as he felt that it was an official recognition of his results. After the Full Tilt debacle and everything that happened with the room, he was later signed by Poker Stars, and he is to this day member of the Team Pro.
Apart from his poker efforts, Ramdin also owns a chain of retail stores and this business takes up some of his time. But he says that he is always delighted to meet the fans, and he often discovers that many people look up to the poker pros. This is why he can sometimes be found playing nickel and dime games on Stars purely for fun and simply because he knows how much people enjoy the opportunity to play the people they often see on TV.
He also enjoys helping others as much as he can, and he is a member of Guyana watch, an organization providing medical assistance to children in his home country. He has also cooperated with the fellow pro Barry Greenstein in helping raise money and awareness for different charity causes. Modest family man, he enjoys playing pool, darts and cricket in his spare time, and with his demeanor on and off the felt, he is truly a great ambassador for the game.