The Big Game 2011: Victor Victorious Over Hachem And The Field
March 12, 2022
This week in Los Angeles, the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, Joe Hachem, made it past 415 of the 417 total players in this year’s $5,000 buy-in, The Big Event at the Bicycle Casino, yet was just unable to get past one more, falling instead to his friend and fellow PokerStars pro Victor Ramdin.

Fan favorite Ramdin, held the chip lead for many days of The Big Event this week, yet entered the final day second in chips- which any horse racing fan will tell you is not that bad of a place to be.  Ramdin played the “stalker” position to a T throughout the day’s play, ultimately only needing to eliminate two players at the final table, the first one and the last.  For his victory, Ramdin was able to add another half-million dollar score to a live tournament total already around $3,000,000.

Hachem didn’t hold the chip lead either going into the final table- that honor went to Jeremy Ausmus- and instead entered it around the center of the pack with about 1.6 million in chips.  However that’s when Hachem went to work, eliminating four of the final eight competitors yesterday, including Ausmus, who he took out in third for $190,000.  For those in attendance, who watched the ex-worldchamp make quick work of the last table, his eventual victory may have seemed almost predetermined, particularly given he entered heads-up play with the chip lead- and that he was celebrating a birthday- yet in the end it seemed the fates if anything were against our man Joe, losing the last hand of the night with Ace-King on an Ace-high flop against Ramdin’s Ace-Jack, when a Jack spiked the Turn.

For his second place finish, Hachem earned $300,000

The final table finish positions for the main event of the 2011 The Big Event were as follows:

1st.  Victor Ramdin- $500,000

2nd.  Joe Hachem- $300,000

3rd.  Jeremy Ausmus- $190,000

4th.  Taylor von Kriegenbergh- $140,000

5th.  Bryan Leskowitz- $100,000

6th.  Govert Metaal- $75,000

7th.  Jose De Noronha- $55,000

8th.  Santiago Nadal- $35,327

For more information on how the final table of The Big Event went down, check out the still available updates at
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