New Jersey makes stop at WSOP before going to California to die
Kevin Roster used California law to end his battle with sarcoma
Kevin Roster spent the past couple of years on the profession poker circuit, making friends and enjoying the game along the way. The man better known as Racks may not have developed the following of players such as Daniel Negreanu but he was, just the same, known to many. He had been battling sarcoma, a non-curable form of cancer, and decided to end things on his own terms. However, it wouldn’t happen without one last rally at the tables.
Racks, who lived in New Jersey, wanted to travel to California to take advantage of that state’s legal end-of-life options. The 36-year-old made a stop in Vegas along the way in order to play in a few WSOP tournaments where, in his usual fashion, he kept his attitude upbeat and livened up the tables. He even took part in the WSOP Main Event, thanks to poker pro Greg Merson, busting late on Day 2.
He didn’t view his departure of the big tournament as a failure, though. To the contrary, it had given him an opportunity to continue his fight for right-to-die options. Roster said after the game, “At this point, the disease is holding me hostage, and I am taking back control, as I have tried to at every crucial step of my journey. 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.”
Roster ended his life peacefully and legally in California last Friday. While his presence will be missed at the felt, he has still left an impression on those who knew him. He leaves behind his wife and ten-year-old son.