On October 7, 2023, the world was shocked when Hamas militants launched a surprise invasion of Israel, reportedly killing more than 1,200 people. At least 260 of them were murdered at the Tribe of Nova music festival, which was attended by more than 3,500 young people listening to electronic music to mark the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
PokerNews I found out about this recently Omri Rama poker player and trainer in the Israeli Poker Academy from 2017 to 2019 was among those murdered at the music festival. He was 28 years old.
Born on April 8, 1995, Ram, who was known as an exploitative poker player and played online at GGPoker as “Laolalo,” finished sixth in the World Championship 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Super Circuit Event #15: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD for $21,989.
“He had a love for the game and for teaching it,” said an acquaintance of Ram PokerNews. “He also loved surfing and music festivals.”
The eldest of three siblings, brothers Tomer and Eyal, Ram recently completed a degree in economics.
In one (n Interview with an Israeli news siteOmri’s father, Menashe Ramsaid the following:
“Omri is our eldest son and also our eldest grandson. He was a charming boy whose most striking feature was that he loved everyone and everyone loved him. He spread light, love, joy and help to friends, and a whole world came into being.” … He has just graduated with a degree in business administration and economics. A boy who was always smiling. He was killed along with two of his friends. We had been in touch with him since morning and the connection broke around 10:30 am. After a few hours we received the terrible news.”
His mother also wrote a eulogy on social media that read in part:
How many experiences have you had
How many friends have you collected,
We have received a lot of news in the last few days.
About people you’ve met
That touched her soul,
That you were happy, that you laughed, that you listened.
This is you, man of the people
A real soul with a huge smile.
A funeral for Omri was held on October 10. PokerNews expresses condolences to the friends and family of Omri Ram.
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