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Poker Pro Commits Suicide - Father Blames Black Friday

Tags: alaska, las vegas, Matthew Anthony Roth, poker pro, Rest in Peace, rip.
Posted on 01 May 2013 by "T".

Matthew Anthony Roth, of Fairbanks, Alaska, made a living from playing online poker since he was 18 and had a very bright future ahead of him, but his life (and many others) changed drastically on April 15, 2011 when online poker was shut down in the U.S. by FBI (Poker's Black Friday). Roth (in the middle of the picture) spent months reclaiming his funds, which were spread around several poker sites. Although he recovered most of his money and graduated in 2012 with a degree in finance - his life never became what it once was.

Roth had battled anxiety and self-esteem issues for years, but after Black Friday he stopped fighting and became very depressed. He stopped going to the gym and began hiding his body in heavy jackets or hooded sweatshirts, Bill Roth (his father) told Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was scrawny and often picked on in grade school, his father recalled, but he packed on 60 pounds of muscle in high school. After school, poker and the gym became his life.

His family (two sister, father and mother) supported him through the tough times and made sure he visited a doctor and received medication, but nothing seemed to help the young poker pro. Bill Roth drove his son to the airport on April 23rd and wished him good luck in Las Vegas. It was the last time he saw his son alive...

Matthew Anthony Roth was found dead two days later in the parking lot of the Wild Wild West Gambling Hall and Hotel at 3330 Tropicana Ave. He had committed suicide at the age of 26 with a handgun that he had taken from a friend in Las Vegas.

"He was carrying thousands of dollars with him when he died, but nothing seemed to make him happy happy. He always felt alone. Money doesn't buy happiness. It doesn't. Happiness comes from within. The next time we see a homeless person sitting on the street, I know that there's not one event that made them get there. It's a series of events. We need to have more compassion," Bill Roth said

Bill Roth thinks that Black Friday is partly to blame for his son's death...

"The federal government two years ago shut down his site, took his money, and with that - they didn't know it - but they took my son," Bill Roth said. "They took his livelihood, self-esteem, drive. They took his focus. Imagine all of a sudden your job is just not there. All of a sudden, your money is taken away and you're struggling to find work."

Bill Roth told Las Vegas Review-Journal that his son's money and possessions will go to groups that promote humanity. Rest in peace!

Source: The Las Vegas Review-Journal


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11 comments for "Poker Pro Commits Suicide - Father Blames Black Friday"

 Macubaas01/05/2013 20:00:51 GMT
This is a very sensible subject if you ask me, and i think that govs should listen this story first before shutting down online poker.

Maybe this story could hide more than it meets the eye but i think thee is no doubt that black friday had a major role in the tragic event that happend.
 teddybears7301/05/2013 21:33:45 GMT
very sad that he should want to take his life,things might not go our way and you might not see a way out but to want to take your own life means he must have been very low,just a shame he couldn't get the help he needed.
R.I.P.
 razorcro01/05/2013 21:51:33 GMT
A very sad story. People need friends, not doctors. May he rest in peace!
 Greenmohave01/05/2013 23:29:42 GMT
Our government don't give two poops who they send into depression with their controlling idiotic methods utilized in governing the people. They act as if they care about people who's lost their lives at war and through terrorism or crazy people killing kids, but they really don't care. They care about figuring out ways to get more of our money, controlling the people who are in control of their lives and giving worthless people money to live.
There are people who need assistance, but most of them don't. Audit the people on wel;fare and quit taking care of criminals that's committed savage crimes.

Anyway I'm sorry to hear about Matthew Roth and the government has done thie to more people then this, but I'll bet they don't send flowers, the FKS.
 RoninHarper02/05/2013 00:09:54 GMT
I know what it is like to feel so bad inside that things just seem totally hopeless.
I too once considered suicide and it was only because I did not want to put my friend through the ordeal of finding me that I did not kill myself. It was a long uphill climb out of that deep dark depression but with each new day things do eventually get better.
It is a same he could not find the strength to wait a little longer.
If he had things might have gotten better.
I wish his family and friends well.

Ronin
 demodawggy02/05/2013 05:15:20 GMT
Just remember guys,....it wasn't the US government that caused all this trouble,....it was some greedy slimey dirtbags with millions of dollars or OTHER people's money at their disposal... Thumbs Down

Now some folks might consider governments as being slimey dirtbags with other folks' money at their disposal,...but at least they provide services to people...

Any services pokersites provide to THEIR clients are always designed to relieve those clients of MORE their money...lol...

Thousands of folks commit suicide after squandering all their assets gambling and absolutely destroy their OWN lives...AND the lives of their family and friends,...
 KoldShadow02/05/2013 17:24:43 GMT
I gotta agree with Green and demo, because the deliberate mismanagement of player accounts on FullTilt (where I'm guessing most of Roth's money was) was to blame, but the U.S. government has made it worse by deliberately taking a gratuitous amount of time to process re-payments to U.S. players. I'm somewhat shocked he killed himself if he was able to recover most of his funds, then again, options for U.S. players to resume lucrative online grinding are currently nonexistent, since the market is so splintered and payouts for those wishing to withdraw 3 or more figures at a once take an unreasonable amount of processing time.

Personally, Black Friday was a blessing in disguise for me . . . I too graduated with a B.A. in finance, and started my career in that field at the corporate level immediately after college, but quit after less than a year due to stress and disillusionment with my company's future (Eastman Kodak). I soon started to gamble with my savings, blowing most of it in live play, and even though I'm profitable online, the time I was spending playing (especially after the introduction of Rush) was unhealthy. I seriously miss big network online play, but I am so much more relaxed without cards shuffling around in my head constantly . . .


still (happily) unemployed, though! LMA0 Cool
 rafiko102/05/2013 18:15:09 GMT
Very sad and touching story, got me goosebumps.

This is what I think about poker, some of you will agree while others will disagree:

Since it's a game, it doesn't suit well as a career.
You need luck, that's for sure, to win big tournaments and to earn a big amount of money.
Of course skill is part of it, as in many games, but luck plays an immense factor as well.
Besides, in many cases like one in the article, poker can make you less social, especially when you play online and are hooked to it. When you lose, it gives you more stress. Mainly for those who try to make a living out of it.
Another sad truth is the fact that most players lose money, along with the high rakes paid.

That's why you should look at poker as a hobby. Have fun while you play it, or don't.
Secure yourself a stable job and if you're into playing poker, do it on your spare time.
 GTcria04/05/2013 05:40:53 GMT
RIP bill roth!
 pinku13504/05/2013 08:13:39 GMT
This is a sad story !!
R.I.P bill roth ...he is one of the victims of black friday !! there are many more think so !! the black friday have hurt a lot for the online poker players living in the us creating a havoc in them taking away their livelyhood !!! but suicide was a very bad option he could have done better ,! i think he was under great deal of stress which made him make this move !!
 Peter787804/05/2013 08:41:52 GMT
Very sad story! But commiting suicide doesn't resolve the problems. This is the biggest sin. As rezorcro said: People need friends. Whatever happens in our lives we have to be strong and always stay positive.

If something bad happens, we have to find the positive marks and to learn from our experinces.

R.I.P Matthew

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