LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Las Vegas hosted a remixed version of the Pro Bowl over the weekend, with various non-football competitions and a first-ever series of flag football games featuring the NFL's biggest names.
Ronnie Rivers was not among them. But he did come out of the weekend a big winner.
The 24-year-old Los Angeles Rams rookie running back was not a participant in the league's all-star event, but he was in Las Vegas to celebrate his and his mother's birthday.
And he received quite a birthday present on Saturday. The rookie won more than $514,000 in a single hand of Three Card Poker at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip, triggered by holding a royal flush combined between his three cards and the dealer's three.
The video above is from a 2018 story on a separate jackpot but in the same game that Rivers played.
The half-million dollar payout was the "mega" progressive jackpot pooled in by Caesars Entertainment's nine casino properties in Sin City. A player is eligible for the jackpot by placing a $5 side bet on each hand.
KTNV-TV reports Rivers plans on buying a house with the windfall.
By the way, each member of the winning side in the Pro Bowl earned $84,000 for their efforts. Rivers, who went undrafted out of Fresno State, made six times that.