Los Angeles Rams rookie Ronnie Rivers cashes in with $514,837 jackpot playing Las Vegas table game

Rivers, who went undrafted out of Fresno State, appeared in just eight games during the 2022 season.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Poker player turns $5 bet into $1 million at Borgata
Wonder how Ronnie Rivers cashed in at three-card poker? This video on a previous winner in Atlantic City breaks it down for you. (Originally aired on WPVI)

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.