Ron Rose

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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Your money is good anytime here anytime Ron, you donkey LOL! See you at Harrah's in the near future

bad_dog76 on November 30, 2007

thanks for doubling me up at the bellagio 500 buy in, i flopped a set of kings, guess u had 3 aces, no good when i made my boat.

DonkeySlayer on September 1, 2006

you got lucky against Casey Kastle

alan on August 4, 2006

That was not an easy tournament to win by any means and he managed to do it. In my book, beating some of the best in the world places you in that category, but to do it with the class that he showed is comendable. Hats off

Exceptional player on August 15, 2005

This guy only won a WPT title because whenever someone got a pair or 2 high cards (AK, AQ etc) and went all-in he had a higher pair himself. For example, called TJ Cloutier's 5-5 all-in when he had A-A. Knocked out 2 ppl at once with J-J versus A-Jo and something else. Just got very lucky.

The Joker on August 3, 2005

Not very good. I liked how Howard made him fold pocket 10's with AKo.

Unregistered on February 5, 2005

Played with Ron this past weekend at Harrah's AC, a great guy and very friendly. Every time I see him on TV i will now be pulling for him.

Poker Jon on January 18, 2005

Geeze Ron, I feel bad you had a miserable experience and your partnerhsip lost money but enough of the poker metaphors. Makes it look like a cheesy press release.

slvsc2 on November 26, 2004

this guy bluffs like theres no tomorrow. lucky ALL the time.

Unregistered on October 12, 2004

Let me pose a quick question.....Isn't the job of the investor to give money, and the job of the producer's to make sure the event is successful and that all of the i's are dotted and all of the t's crossed? So why the 50 trillion news blurbs saying the investor failed to get a sales tax license.....Isn't that the producer's job???????

Anon on September 8, 2004

Just a quick note re: Sturgis Music Festival....I personally know of two parties that were taken BEFORE Ron Rose was even involved in the event. One guy had $75,000 STOLEN from him, and another..several thousand not paid. So, why can't we

Anonymous on September 6, 2004

sounds to me like RR got the short end of the stick and is getting blamed w/o proof.

Whitey5150 on August 21, 2004

Please delete the comments that are libelous and malicious regarding my stealing funds of 600 grand etc. It just isn't so! The IFC (Paul Smith, so it was reported) was mad that their fight was cancelled and has apparently made up these libelous and untrue statements. In fact, we paid the IFC $76,000 upon signing of their contract and another $76,000 was due the day of the fight (Saturday). It is true that I was the managing member of Sturgis 2004, llc and it is a fact that as managing member, I closed the Sturgis Music Festival after only three night's of artist performances for two main reasons -lack of attendance and no funds available to continue the performances. It was strictly a business decision with no chips left to put into the pot and I don't know of any poker player that would continue to add additional money (if you were allowed to dig) into the pot with this hand. For your information, the paid attendance was dismal, 548 on opening night with Creedence Clearwater Revisted and Bad Company's - Paul Rodgers, Sunday, the Rock Never Stops had 552 paid, and on Monday night - Hank Williams, Jr. a paid attendance of 1501. The total box office receipts for these three nights was approximately $100,000 of which Sturgis 2004, llc had to pay Hank Williams, Jr $75,000 as a final payment before he played on Monday night.(By the way, all artists were paid 50% of their contract at signing and the balances are due after sound check the day of their performance.) The balance of the Festival was Classic Rock Night with a prepaid box office attendance totaling 252, followed by BB King with 605, then Las Vegas Night with 20, then on Friday night with Comic Relief of 35, and finally, the IFC with 36 advance paid. Does that sound like a hand any of you would play? By the way, the venue held 15,000 and we built stadium type bleachers that held approx 7,000 people. It was a beautiful setup! Overall the venue was Class A. Everything looked great except nobody came to dinner! It is true there were approximately 500,000 bikers who entered Sturgis but they were more interested in riding their motorcycles around the Black Hills of South Dakota during the day and at night they basically went back to their campgrouds to relax. They didn't come to Sturgis to witness any Music Festival. In my opinion, they were there to ride there bikes and admire both their bike and everyone elses. The only music that they were interested in is what was being served up at their local campgroud in my opinion. Yes, our investment group Sturgis 2004, llc lost everything we invested and none of our group is happy about the experience. However, it is one thing to lose money in a business and another to have someone lie and makeup malicious statements that are totally unfounded. On the internet, it is so easy for one internet site to write what someone says and then have other internet sites pick this garbage up as fact. I could go on and on...but what's the use. Many of you know me and I rely on your each of you to know what I stand for; I'll bet the pot or go All-in but would never run off with someone's else money - not even a penny! I did everything possible to make this event successful. In the end, on Tuesday morning, once our controller gave me the paid attendance figures and total receipts of walk-ups of $34,000; the end came fast and furious - no funds left to pay even the artists on Tuesday night. Best Regards, ron rose

ron on August 20, 2004

this "investeor" just stole 600 grand from a fight and music/comedy show he was "investing" in in Sturgis and ran off with the cash. Causing millions of dollars in damage due to refunds, lost revenue and cancellation of HBO specials. If he ever comes back, he'll be arrested on the spot.

Med/MMAFAN/rockstarcell on August 11, 2004

This guy just robbed and organization of hundreds of thousands of $$, essentially shutting down the entire production(mixed martial arts and music show). If anyone sees him, grab him and beat him senseless.

Andy on August 11, 2004

I was scheduled to fight on the show this guy ripped off. If I ever see him, They are going to need a DNA test to identify him.

N.. on August 11, 2004

he's makin his way back from what i've heard. you need to shut your mouth unless you have a WSOP main event title to back it up.

Unregistered on July 15, 2004

Long Live Mr Rogers!

Roy Batty on July 13, 2004

good player

brian on July 4, 2004

Ya heard he was broke, and broke often.

Splat on July 2, 2004

Ron Rose is a champ at every thing he does.

Unregistered on July 2, 2004

he is not a poker player, but an investor. the guy is so cocky and arrogant, it is scary.

sportsbettor on June 28, 2004

not a real player, in fact pretty bad player actually, cocky for no good reason, the pros destroy him all the time

Unregistered on June 17, 2004

I think he is one of the best.

wiz on June 16, 2004

exits a winner in every field he enters. what more can you say?

ka-bang on June 15, 2004

A great player and great person. I played a low limit game with Ron at Binions last week. He's a friendly character, and I enjoyed playing at his table for a few hours.

Tej on June 15, 2004

lederer should have taken him to school at the wpt champion of champions.

Tryla on June 12, 2004

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