Raymond Rahme Bio

Raymond Rahme is a South African professional poker player. He was the first African to reach a final table at a World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing third and earning $3,048,025.

Rahme plays online poker as a member of “Team PokerStars” (which sponsored his trip to the WSOP) under the screen name “Ray Rahme”, but it is less a passion than a duty now. “I don’t really enjoy internet poker,” he told SA Sports Illustrated recently, “but my contract says I have to play online for sixty hours a month. Internet poker is impersonal. You have no control over the game or your opponents.”

He was strongly supported there by a vociferous throng of his countrymen, especially after he eliminated Alexander Kravchenko, at which point it burst into a jubilant rendition of “Shosholoza”. It was only after the WSOP, however, that he decided to make a career of his hobby: “I didn’t want to be known as a one-hit wonder.”

Since then, he has picked up victories at Gold Reef City and Emperor’s Palace locally, and Sanremo, Swaziland and the Aussie Millions in Melbourne, among others. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,300,000. His 2 cashes at the WSOP account for $3,057,141 of those winnings.

With thanks to Wikipedia