WSOP 2021: Felipe and Natalie Ramos battle for Main Event glory (and the remote control)

Dave Consolazio
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Posted on: November 11, 2021 3:35 pm EST

Felipe “Mojave” Ramos has four World Series of Poker cashes during this series, most recently finishing in 23rd place for $18,841 in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Championship. Natalie Hof Ramos has picked up three cashes thus far. Her biggest was a 198th place finish for $3,924 in the $1,500 Monster Stack tournament. This husband and wife team have both advanced to Day 3 in the World Series of Poker Main Event and are playing for the title of world champion and the tournament’s top cash prize of $8,000,000.

As if that wasn’t enough to have on the line, the poker couple upped the ante with a last longer bet. Whichever of the two of them goes deeper in the Main Event this year will have complete control over every movie and television series they watch until next year’s WSOP Main Event.

Raising the stakes with this wild last longer bet

“Playing the WSOP Main Event tomorrow with wifey,” Felipe Ramos announced on Twitter Monday night. “Last longer is: winner picks all series and movies to watch until the next [Main Event]. This is the most important bet of the year!”

Just about anyone who lived through the 2020 COVID-19 quarantine with a significant other should immediately feel the weight of this wager. It’s always wonderful when the two of you happen to want to watch the same show or movie. But in most relationships, television and movie-watching habits do not always align perfectly. That often leaves couples fighting for the remote control or negotiating compromises on what the content viewing schedule for the upcoming week will look like.

Felipe and Natalie are one of those couples with very different tastes. “That bet is really painful. So, basically, we are very different,” Felipe told Jeff Platt in a sideline interview on Wednesday. “I’m Brazilian. She’s German. We met. We have a kid.”

“That’s real life high stakes on the line,” Ramos said on the bet as the interview came to a close.

Natalie leading the way heading into Day 3

At the end of their opening flight, Natalie Ramos bagged 162,500 chips while Felipe bagged 127,500. “Made Day 2 with more chips than Felipe,” Natalie tweeted. “And that’s all that matters.”

By the end of Day 2, both players had taken some hits but were still alive. Natalie will open Day 3 on Thursday with 122,800 chips while Felipe will be looking to battle back with 57,000 chips.

This is one of the more entertaining side stories of this year’s WSOP Main Event, and fans have enjoyed the drama extending to this point as opposed to being cut short by one of them dealing with an early exit. Being eliminated from the Main Event is already one of the worst feelings a poker player can feel at the table. Adding control of the household’s content consumption for the next eight months or so is, as Felipe put it, “really painful.”

Featured Image Credit: Haley Hintze