Early in his poker career, Ron Rose was interviewed by fellow poker pro Mike Sexton, spokesperson for the World Poker Tour.
In the article that resulted from that interview Sexton stated that "the poker world is a better place with people like Ron Rose
a part of it.
Sexton recognized that Ron
brought to poker not only a talent for winning, but also a gentlemanly demeanor and a penchant for taking poker's sometimes unsavory image to new heights in every form of media.
It wasn't long before Ron
had racked up an impressive resume of accomplishments.
earned these top honors along with many, many others only after making his
mark in the business world as an ambitious entrepreneur who moved from one business success to another.
welcomes challenges and this goal-driven mentality is what garnered him accolades in both business and professional poker.
Being able to play professional poker was the culmination of a lifetime dream to play with the best poker players in the world.
The dream began innocently enough with the "family poker game" where he
began, at the tender age of 8, to sit-in for his
grandmother at the poker table.
Quiet snickers from the rest of the family poker players soon turned to awe as Ron
began to win regularly within one year.
With each year that followed, he
became better and better until the family decided that they couldn't afford to lose money or lose face to the youngster any longer.
After that Ron put aside his poker aspirations, and after a stint in the Air Force as a mathematician and project engineer (Ron received his BS in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts), began his entrepreneurial career.
During this time Ron
had business interests in commodities, a seat on the American Stock Exchange as a market maker in options, several successful computer businesses and finally became one of the largest regional internet providers in the United States.
While still CEO of his
internet business, Ron
took some time to pursue another of his
interests, competing in duplicate bridge tournaments in pursuit of becoming a Life Master in Bridge.
accomplished this in the record time of one year and won the Mini-McKinney award which is given yearly to the player who earns the most master points in one year.
This quest having been accomplished, his
thoughts turned once again to poker.
internet business, Ron
decided to take the plunge in the 2000 World Series of Poker.
Coming in as an amateur, Ron
held up well against the pros and although he
made no final tables he
was satisfied with how he
performed against players with years of professional experience.
decided then and there to become serious about the game.
Within a couple of months Ron
began to make some final tables and some serious poker money.
also saw the wisdom of taking his
game to the tables in Europe where most of the tournaments were pot-limit or no-limit, games where a player can use all of his
One of these poker expeditions took him to Vienna, Austria for the World Heads-Up Poker Tournament and a lesson that he
will never forget.
Down to the final 32 players, Ron
was pitted against a fellow American and long time poker legend, Amarillo Slim Preston.
At one point in the match, Ron
checked and Slim raised post flop and Ron
re-raised all-in with pocket Kings (K? 10?
6x on the flop).
Slim responded by looking Ron
in the eye and uttering the words, "Let's go!
Then Slim laid his
cards on the table and placed his
hands on each side of the cards.
showed KQ off suit with no club.
Slim bent over the table towards Ron
with great anticipation hoping that his
pair of kings with queen high would hold up.
At that point Ron
turned over his
cards showing trip kings.
Slim apparently felt his
quest for the championship was in jeopardy and surreptitiously (and this is on videotape) with his
left hand scooped his
cards up, transferred the cards to his
right hand, and then pitched them directly into the muck.
Onlookers on the rail - maybe 40 or so, including the dealer, were astounded, but the director of the tournament - an American named Jack McClellan, who, incidentally, was not there to see what happened, came to the table at the request of the dealer and asked Ron
only one question - "Did he say 'call'?
responded "No," McClellan ruled that indeed it was not a call.
learned something invaluable that day: Never show your cards until you opponent says, "I call."
Ron's demeanor at the table that day was, as always, one of a gentleman and although he
knew that he
had been tricked, he
went on with the match.
Amarillo Slim won because of that play and coincidentally, in one of his
following matches on his
way to the finals of the tournament, he
uttered those same two words again in a subsequent match.
But, strangely enough, this time he
meant "I call.
Even the narrator of the tournament, poker pro Barney Boatman, could not believe it!
had the last laugh when, in that same month, he
followed up the defeat in Vienna by winning three tournaments in one week in Paris at the Aviation Club's Summer Tournament - one in Pot Limit Hold'em, one in Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo and one in Pot Limit Omaha.
After these three wins in three different events Ron
also won the honor of being named the Best All-Around Player of the Tournament (see photo at left).
was only one year after he
played in that first WSOP tournament!
When the World Poker Tour
(WPT) began in 2002 Ron
was there to play in almost every tournament.
made two final tables, one at the Foxwoods, Connecticut tournament where he
placed sixth and one in Reno, Nevada at the World Poker Challenge where he
This win gave him a seat at the First WPT Battle of Champions where he
faced all of the other WPT winners of that year to become the first WPT Champion of Champions.
This event was the first to be televised on network television (NBC).
That same year, 2003, Ron
first WSOP gold bracelet in the WSOP Seniors' Tournament (see photo at right).
status as a relative newcomer to the professional poker scene Ron
had won three major poker events in one year - a very good year for Ron!
Fans were clamoring for more poker and so when the WPT
initiated the Professional Poker Tour (PPT) in 2004, Ron
earned a three-year invitation to play with the pros.
In that first and only year of the PPT Ron placed third in the first PPT event at the Foxwoods Connecticut November Freeroll, making his
mark on yet another pro tour.
In a televised interview for the WPT Battle of Champions, Ron
, ever ready for a new challenge, told fans prior to playing the Big Event that if he
would probably quit tournament poker.
did win the WPT Battle of Champions, and although he
didn't completely retire from the game, he
looked for other avenues in which to use his
soon branched out into teaching tournament poker seminars.
Seminar Delegate & The Poker Mentor
When the World Poker Tour
established its poker seminar Boot Camps, Ron
was one of the first players to be approached to teach.
Steve Berman, one of the developers of the WPT Boot Camp, said of Ron
, "Ron Rose
is a brilliant poker tactician whose background in mathematics will be an important part of our curriculum."
Ron taught these weekend seminars at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas as well as other seminars throughout the United States and then in 2006 took on another teaching challenge by mentoring one individual for poker tournaments.
continues to successfully teach seminars, his
most recent seminar being the 2009 Poker Seminar hosted by Malta Poker Events in the capital city of Valletta in Malta.
also mentors a select number of individuals.
brings to his
hard-won experience at the tournament poker tables presenting methods and strategies that can turn them into winning tournament poker players.
is an incredibly intricate game," Rose says.
"It combines a whole host of skills that must be mastered in order to be successful.
I consider it a great challenge to teach amateurs about the sport and I'm already looking forward to the first time I look across a final table and see one of my students."
Always looking for a new outlet for his
decided that with the rise of televised poker the fans would like to know more about the players they saw on TV.
So in 2004 Ron
compiled the profiles of 89 of the best poker players of that time into a coffee table book filled with information and photos that was praised by players and fans alike.
The book, Poker Aces: The Stars of Tournament Poker, gives readers an insight into the human side of poker, satisfying t