Former Tennis Pro Raj Vohra Stacked at EPT London
Discipline, hard work and a competitive drive rocketed Rajesh Vohra into the ranks of India’s top tennis professionals in the late 90s and early 2000s.
In the last five years, it’s helped him earn over $2.5 million playing poker.
Vohra entered Day 2 of the EPT London main event third in chips.
Known as BadcardsAA online, the 37-year-old Vohra was born in India but has lived in Florida since 2000.
Latching on to poker as a competitive outlet after a wrist injury sidelined his tennis career, Vohra has had remarkable success both online and live.
But he says it was a complete fluke that he even got into the game in the first place.
“I was just randomly watching ESPN and I saw Joe Hachem winning millions of dollars just sitting at a poker table,” Vohra told PokerListings.com.
“It was really inspiring and I knew that if he could do it I could do it,” he added.
Vohra had moved to the US while still playing tennis professionally but after breaking his wrist he was forced to explore other opportunities.
Armed with a degree in accounting from Guru Nanek Dev University in India and the tennis knowledge picked up over almost two decades of playing the game competitively, Vohra spent his time coaching young players, day trading and building a real estate business in Florida.
It was about this time he saw Joe Hachem win $7.5 million at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. That was all the inspiration he needed to take a shot at it himself, grinding low-stakes cash games and small tournaments at his local casino.
Things didn’t really get rolling until he heard about online poker.
“I was just grinding at the local casino and then I found Party Poker and discovered that you could sit at home in your pajamas and make money so what could be better than that?” he said.
After grinding $200 into a few thousand playing cash games Vohra took a shot at the $200k Guarantee and ended up chopping it for $40,000.
Over the next few years Vohra continued to post big results, highlighted by a fifth-place finish in a $5k No-Limit event at the 2008 WSOP for $195k.
But 2010 was the year things clicked. Vohra won an FTOPS event on Full Tilt Poker for $430,000, a SCOOP title on PokerStars for $240,000 and had a WCOOP runner-up finish worth $156,528.
With all the confidence in the world, and the bankroll to back it up, Vohra was ready to hit the online grind hard in 2011. Everything was going according to plan, until April 15.
“I seriously miss online poker because I had the best year ever in 2010 so yes, Black Friday affected me a lot,” Vohra said.
Vohra is here in London playing the ongoing EPT main event at the Hilton Metropole and he’ll be heading to Cannes for the WSOP Europe before traveling to India to see family. Something he hasn’t done in almost five years.
And although he won’t be playing cards while in his home country, he is aware of the game’s growing popularity in India.
“There’s definitely a lot of talent in India and I really believe we’ll see a lot of young pros starting to come up,” he said.
“Success in poker comes from discipline, how you manage your money and how you manage your mind, and this is something that Indian people understand very well.”
Vohra began Day 2 of the 2011 EPT London main even third in chips. You can follow his progress and all the action on our Live Poker Coverage page.