Raymond Rahme - I Made a Mistake

Jerry Yang, Raymond Rahme
Jerry Yang, Raymond Rahme, Event 55, World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em - Day 7, 2007 World Series of Poker.

Raymond Rahme found his way to the Main Event through a $10 satelitte. Little did he know he'd make the final table.


The South African made it all the way to three handed before busting out and he talked with PokerListings.com right after a moment he's already regretting.

You played a great tournament and made some incredible calls along the way. Any regrets about pushing in with Kings with an Ace on the board?

I read him for the Ace there and I should have gone all in, but I checked (on the flop). I made a mistake because I read him for Ace-small and if I go all in there he doesn't call. But I checked and when he bet $10 million he was committed to the pot.

He leaned over and said something to you before he made the call. What did he say?

He asked me if I wanted him to call and I said to him 'it's your prerogative'. I never tempted him to call or not to call. It was a pretty tough call though. Like I said; I read him for Ace-small. I thought he would make a small bet like $3 million or $4 million and I could come over the top, but he committed too much and then I made a mistake.

Still, you made some great calls to get to this position.

I did and that's why I say I'm rather disappointed in myself. I don't know why I did it, but I did and it was the only mistake I made the whole tournament.

I should have done to him what he did to me early on. I was at a table with him in the early stages and he says to me 'if you don't call I'll show my hand'. I should have said to him 'I'm not playing on a draw and I'll show you my hand' and perhaps he would have folded.

Word is you've only been playing Hold'em for two years, did you ever imagine two years ago that you would be at the final table of the WSOP Main Event?

No I never ever dreamed of it. I started playing Online two years ago and now I'm here. It's unbelievable. It's quite an accomplishment, but I was after the gold and I missed it. Once I made the mistake I knew I made the mistake. I should have folded when he bet $10 million. Then I was just hoping I read him wrong.

So will we see you at the WSOP again?

I'll be back next year for sure!

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Rahme is a class act all the way and despite his lack of experience he played the kind of poker PokerListings.com has got to respect. One mistake does not define a man and if he learns from it there's no doubt we will se Ryamond Rahme again.


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