Frenchman Jean-Philippe Rohr is better known for his decorated football career than his poker one. The former sportsman represented his country in the 1984 Summer Olympics, playing as a midfielder in the squad that went on to win the gold medal at the California-based event. A naturally competitive person, Rohr has enjoyed playing live poker since his retirement from football and has put together a list of impressive scores whilst doing so.
His largest win came in 2008 at the €8,500 No Limit Hold’em Grand Final event at the Cannes stop of the Partouche Poker Tour. A now defunct tour that brought the biggest tournaments France had ever seen to Rohr’s homeland, the former FC Metz player finished sixth in the event and took home $180,040.
Three years on, Jean-Philippe had another deep run in a large event – this time at EPT Madrid in the €5,000 No Limit Hold’em 8 Max tournament. In a field that included the likes of all-time money list achiever David Peters and Finish legend Juha Helppi, the latecomer to poker proved that he was able to hang with players that edged him in experience.
Since then, Rohr has earned himself a WPT title in the €4,000 High Roller Event in Mauritius, along with making two other WPT final tables as well as reaching the final nine of an EPT event in 2015. The Vallavris-born poker enthusiast has now racked up over $800,000 in live tournament earnings since his first cash back in 2008. He is a proud ambassador for French online cardroom PMU Poker and continues to grind the live circuit today.