Ram Vaswani is an English professional poker player and a member of The Hendon Mob.
Vaswani, of Indian origin, was born in 1970 in London. He had a brief professional snooker career but knew that he was unlikely to be one of the top players in the world so he became focused on poker and became a regular on the poker circuit. He began playing cards at age 9, and by age 11, was organizing low-stakes games with his friends.
Vaswani met Joe Beevers and they set up a private poker game together where they later met Barny and Ross Boatman. Together, they became known as The Hendon Mob and became regulars on the European poker tournament circuit. Vaswani and the rest of The Mob were invited to appear in the new Late Night Poker TV series. Vaswani appeared in each of the show's 6 series, reaching the series 2 Grand Final and the series 4 and 5 Semi-Finals.
Vaswani's first major tournament win was at the 1999 HFl 5,000 LIDO tournament at the Master Classics of Poker tournament in Amsterdam in 1999 - Europe's most prestigious tournament at the time. Vaswani was broke and had to borrow money off Joe Beevers to build up money for the entry fee. Vaswani earned $130,934 for his 1st place finish.
Vaswani first cashed at the WSOP in the 2001 $3,000 No-Limit Texas Hold 'em event won by Erik Seidel. The following year he had a 3rd place finish and a 2nd place finish. He then made 3 final tables at the 2004 WSOP, with his best being a 3rd place finish for $143,740. In 2007, Vaswani became the first member of the Mob to win a WSOP bracelet, winning $217,438 in the $1,500 Limit Hold 'em Shootout event. The following year, he made the final table of the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split event, finishing 7th.
Vaswani is the only player to have made 4 final tables on the European Poker Tour (EPT). In the 1st season, he won the Dublin event for $117,003 and finished 2nd to Noah Boeken in the Copenhagen event for $95,678. In the second season, he finished 5th in Deauville for $116,978. He also made the final table of the Season 3 Main Event, where he finished 8th for $212,422.
His other major tournament finishes include a 1st place finish in 2002 in the € 5,000 European Holdem Championship at the Euro Finals of Poker in Paris for $ 92,232, runner-up to Harry Demetriou in the 2004 Victor Chandler Poker Cup for $231,413, and runner-up in the 2005 William Hill Poker Grand Prix, earning $168,017 after a bad beat against eventual winner Phil Laak.
Vaswani has written over 20 articles for The Hendon Mob's website. As of 2009, he has 15 WSOP cashes and total live tournament winnings are exceed $3.2 million. Vaswani is sponsored by Full Tilt Poker, where he plays in high stakes games and has been in involved in 6-figure pots.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013