32 year-old Londoner and graduate of the University of Queen
Mary Pramesh 'Praz' Bansi is a professional poker player who holds
two World Series of Poker bracelets, has successfully cashed in
every World Series of Poker tournament since 2006, and was named
'UK Player of the Year 2009' by Poker Player Magazine.
Having completed his degree, Praz Bansi spent five years working
in recruitment consultancy before turning to poker full-time. Bansi
has since admitted to spending most of his time in the office
playing online poker before quitting and focussing on building his
bankroll to head to Las Vegas.
2009 was by far the most fruitful and defining year for Bansi's
poker career, with Praz winning the largest prize of his career
(£360,887) by finishing third in the 2009 WSOPE $10,000 No Limit
Hold 'em Championship Event. The year also saw Benzi clean up in
Las Vegas, winning the $5,000 No Limit Hold 'em event at the Five
Star World Poker Classic, and only two days later winning the
$2,500 Super Satellite 2. The two victories saw him walk away with
a total of $51,400.
As of 2010, Praz Bansi's live tournament poker winnings amounted
to more than $2,3 million - nearly $1.5 million of which have come
from WSOP cashes.