Kevin Roster

American poker player and activist

Kevin "Racks" Gene Roster Jr. (March 9, 1983 – July 26, 2019) was an American poker player and activist. He had terminal cancer who moved to California where he fought to protect the state's right-to-die legislation.[1] He supports medical aid in dying. [2]

Kevin Roster
Born(1983-03-09)March 9, 1983
DiedJuly 26, 2019(2019-07-26) (aged 36)
Other namesKevin Racks
OccupationPoker player, E-commerce business owner, collectibles expert
Known forSarcoma awareness advocacy, "Right to Die" activist

He played in the 2019 World Series of Poker in the summer of 2019, and used the event as a platform to raise awareness about sarcoma and to encourage people to push for early detection and diagnosis.[3]

Roster died via medical aid in dying in Rancho Cordova, California on July 26, 2019 at the age of 36.[4]


  1. Pugliese, Nicholas (30 May 2019). "'I want to rob cancer of its prize': N.J. man moves to Calif. to legally end his life". WHYY.
  2. McGough, Michael (7 June 2019). "Dying of cancer, poker pro plans assisted death in Sacramento after one last 'dance' in Vegas". Sacramento Bee.
  3. Jadavji, Aleeyah (9 June 2019). "Kevin Roster Spreads Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms". Poker News.
  4. MCGOUGH, MICHAEL (July 26, 2019). "End my fight': Dying Sacramento man initiates death on his terms after bucket-list tour". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved July 27, 2019.