Ron Rose is a poker player from Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a two-time WPT Champion and a WSOP bracelet winner.
Born in 1944 in Vancouver, Washington, Ron Rose, like a lot of poker players, has a strong background in games - he holds the title of Life Master in the game of Bridge. After earning a degree in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Rose joined the Air Force, where he reached the rank of Captain as a mathematician and project engineer.
After leaving the Air Force, Rose became an entrepreneur and a successful businessman who once held a seat on the American Stock Exchange and owned his own commodities firm. He later sold his internet business to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a professional poker player.
He says he started playing poker at family games and dreamed of playing poker professionally since he was a kid. So, after he left the business world he began playing poker tournaments in the United States and Europe. In 2000, he entered the World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe and did pretty well.
In 2000-2001 Rose made many final tables and won a few tournaments at the Aviation Club in Paris in 2001.
In 2002, he earned his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em Event, earning $130,060.
That same year, the World Poker Tour was starting up and Rose wanted to be one of the six people at a WPT final table. Ron made it to the final table during season 1 but was the first player to be eliminated. He was very disappointed about how badly he played and told Mike Sexton that he'll be back again to win the tournament.
Later during that same season, that's what he did by winning the WPT 2003 World Poker Challenge in Reno, earning $193.298 outlasting a final table including Paul "X-22" Magriel and T. J. Cloutier.
Rose then competed in the WPT Battle of the Champions Invitational on NBC prior to the Super Bowl in 2004. The event included all the winners from the WPT's first season. Ron won that one too.
Rose also made the final table of the first ever Professional Poker Tour event, finishing in third place.
In 2004, Rose's book Poker Aces: The Stars of Tournament Poker was released. As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,000,000.
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