16+ CR GTD
Header banner - Calling Stn
Pokersaint - Lead
Poker

How Kevin Roster completed his dream of playing in the World Series

by Nitya Jain Posted on 11 Jun, 2020

The Ambassador of Inspiration, Gail Lynne Goodwin rightly says that “Dreams and passion are more powerful than facts and reality.” After one last dance in Las Vegas, Kevin Roster slept peacefully leaving behind a legacy in his final days at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and beyond.

One may not know Roster for his poker achievements, but we all remember for his undying spirit. Staked by 2012 WSOP Main Event winner Greg Merson, Roster entered his last ever poker tournament, the 2019 WSOP series where he had a blast, striking off a significant item from his bucket list. He cashed four events including his career best in $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Monster Stack finishing 38th for $22,561.

Powering through a field and powering through physical pain are incomparable but having a chance to fulfill one’s last wishes can outlast any obstacle in the world. ‘Racks’ was suffering with terminal sarcoma and moved to California to avail himself of the state’s right-to-die legislation. The semi-pro poker player in his letter stated, “At this point, it is my belief, and the belief of my doctors, that the disease which is overrunning my body will be shortly be taking me either way.” He continued, “I missed out on many items from my bucket list, but had to take them where I could get them, as my health went downhill more quickly than I could have anticipated.”

Those of us who followed Roster’s journey knew that his time to walk away was fast approaching but his zeal kept him busy with poker. In fact, he also competed in a live-streamed cash game at Stones Gambling Hall in Northern California a week before his death. In his letter he also wrote, “The proximity to Las Vegas allowed me to live out my dreams of going to summer camp and chasing that elusive World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet awarded to the tournament winner. While I may not have brought home the win, I got to meet my heroes and had several deep runs, including being among the chip leaders of the WSOP “Monster Stack” deep into Day 3.”

Despite his struggles, he was still able to play cards. In a video posted on ‘goodbye’ blog, Roster said how tired he was on most days taking about 40 pills daily. With his declining health, the poker pro took the advantage of California’s right-to-die law and was assisted in dying by a medical professional. “I get to die the way I lived, which is in charge.”

“It’s a sad reason to be famous,” Roster said about the attention he received that summer, “But it’s still fun to be semi-famous for a little while and I’ve been received so well by everyone. People are asking for selfies and it makes me feel like I’m Daniel Negreanu.” Roster changed the aura of 2019 WSOP with his positive nature despite knowing he had limited time in hand.

In the end, he thanked the poker community by writing. “I also need to thank individually 2012 World Series of Poker champion Greg Merson for free rolling me in the main event of the World Series of Poker & Phil Helmuth for putting me into a couple events as well. Last, but not least, Justin Kuraitis from the Stones Gambling Hall, who invited me to be on the stream and gave me a home away from home to distract me from the worse of my days.”

Accomplishing his mission to spread awareness for sarcoma made him feel like a winner that day even though he could not triumph the prestigious WSOP Main Event. The poker industry lost a gem with the demise of Roster. “The support has been amazing for the campaign and for myself this summer. Thank you, that’s really all I can say.”

For more Thursday Throwback articles and similar success stories, keep reading GutshotMagazine.com and stay tuned!

9stacks slim banner


Tagged : 

More News

Connor Drinan lost $1 million buy-in event with Pocket Aces!
Poker
28 May,2020 

Connor Drinan lost $1 million buy-in event with...

Big Stack University Tips: All You Need To Know About Fold Equity
Poker
11 Jun,2020 

Big Stack University Tips: All You Need To Know...

Three bad beat stories that shocked the poker world
Poker
10 Jun,2020 

Three bad beat stories that shocked the poker w...


Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Dangal box

Top 10 Poker Rooms

  • Calling Station
    Calling Station

    Instant withdrawal; Use “RELOAD20” on deposits for 20% locked bonus
    Offer: "GUTSHT" Register

  • 9stacks
    9stacks

    Instant withdrawal; 100% locked bonus on first deposit
    Offer: "9GUTSHOT Register

  • PokerSaint
    PokerSaint

    60-seconds withdrawal; 100% locked bonus on first deposit
    Offer: "GUT100" Register

  • Poker Dangal
    Poker Dangal

    INR 500 Free on sign-up; (120 Locked, 330 Ticket, 50 Instant)
    Offer: 150% on first deposit up to INR 5,000 Register

  • Natural8
    Natural8

    Sign-up code "GUTSHOT"
    Offer: 200% bonus up to $500 or $100 in instant rewards Register

  • Pocket52
    Pocket52

    NA
    Offer: NA Register

  • Poker Tempo
    Poker Tempo

    Free Rs. 700 on Signup - 600 Ticket for 1 Lakh GTD tournament, 50 Instant, 50 Locked
    Offer: "WELCOME700" - First deposit bonus of 150% Register

  • PokerStars India
    PokerStars India

    Deposit Rs.500 and get First Deposit Bonus of Rs.2,500 + 5 tickets to Depositor Freerolls
    Offer: "IMIN2500" Register

  • Spartan Poker
    Spartan Poker

    Sign-up with "GUTSHOT"
    Offer: "GUT300X" to get 300% on your deposit Register

  • BLITZPOKER
    BLITZPOKER

    Sign-up with "GSBLZ"
    Offer: NA Register

BSU box banner

Want to share your thoughts about poker?

Then click the button to submit your article.

Facebook + Follow

Instagram + Follow

Pocket52 1 Lakh freeroll

Pocket52 1 Lakh freeroll