Victor Ramdin: Min-Cash Is a Tournament Goal

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Most tournament poker players say that you should have only one goal when you enter a tournament; walking away as the champion.

In his recent PokerStarsBlog post ,Victor Ramdin wrote that “it’s okay, sometimes, to make min-cashing your goal in a given event.”

Ramdin pointed to his EPT Sanremo Main Event as an example.  Day 1 was a disaster for the PokerStars pro as premium hand after premium hand was cracked.  He says that he “finally reached a point where I told myself I didn’t care what happened, I was absolutely going to make it to Day 2. I didn’t even care how many chips I had to end the day.”

This philosophy runs counter to the thinking of many players.  When short stacked many shove all-in with short stacks, looking to either double up or hit the rail. They are looking to start the next day with either a competitive chip stack or move on the next event.

Ramdin made it to Day 2 “which turned out to be another day of poker where I couldn’t get anything going” but did make it to Day 3.

Before the start of Day 3, Ramdin writes that he once again looked at the tournament and his goals. I found myself putting into perspective what a min-cash in the event meant to me at that moment in my life. I had taken a week off away from my family and my business to go all of the way to Europe, and I realised I wanted to be certain to go back home with some money in my pocket…The money was important, as was the sense that I could come away from the trip a winner. His tweets tell the Day 3 story.  

Ramdin’s blog goes on the make a point that every tournament poker player should take to heart.  He points out that  “At some point you have to recognise you’re not going to win every tournament you play” but that “it’s okay just to try to make the money.”  He advises players to avoid hero plays and the mistakes as the bubble nears and to recognise that a min-cash, while not a win, is still a profit for the event and money added to your bankroll.

After EPT Sanremo, Ramdin took this same attitude to the Spring Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars  where he showed a “very small” profit.

Ramdin is currently playing the WSOP, where he has zero cashes for five events. He says he hopes to take home a bracelet, but will be mentally prepared for each event and be willing to adjust his goals for different situations.