Man plays poker at his own funeral

Yes, you read that headline correctly. A poker fan has not let his own demise get in the way of his regular home game.

We thought that Antonio Esfandiari's 'peegate' or the husband substituting when his wife went into labour were early contenders for weirdest story of 2016, but they both have to step aside for this one.

A growing trend in Puerto Rico is to hold wakes and funerals where the deceased is embalmed and placed into situations they enjoyed in their life. This has included reenactments in the boxing ring, playing dominoes, riding motorcycles and now, playing poker.

After his premature death of a heart attack at just 31-years-old, the family of Henry Rosario Martinez set him up to participate in one final game of poker with his friends:

Velorio de Henry Rosario Martinez poker funeral
The final home game

A celebration of life?

The Eternal Light Funeral Home in Barceloneta revealed this was a new one for them, but the practice of unusual funerals in Puerto Rico is becoming more common:

It's the first time we did this here, but we take it as something normal, because they have done these things in other parts of the island.

Feel free to insert whatever appropriate poker terminology you wish to this story, including 'drawing dead', 'dead man's hand', 'dead money' and 'using your One Time'.

Is this disrespectful or a great way to celebrate the life of someone who has departed? Let us know in the comments.

Barry Carter

Barry Carter

is the editor of and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2.

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Comments (22)

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  • MJPerry


    ... but how much did he lose?
  • fonzarelli44


    he lost his soul to that pesky devil
  • lycoreus


    What kind of uneducated Pagans would celebrate life like that? The picture with the swelled dead body in the poker table is hair raising the least!
  • Spyrus


    No sense, to play. He probably was drawing dead all the time, and dealt, a dead man's hand. Ez to read :D
  • PokarFace


    So weird. But it's part of their culture.
  • StrategyLofthouse


    He has no tells
  • Zanardi1


    He is staying alive!
  • mnich9494


    he is probably drawing dead :)
  • alonohara


    Perfect TIMEX Poker Face. xP
  • 8runo


    FFS - Someone call the clock on him
  • tototexas


    awsome :D
  • murzius


    funny storry
  • FlyingDutchm1n


    Dead man's hand : )
  • badbeatuk


    That is wierd , he is all grey in colour :/
  • kartturi


    thats very weird, lol.
  • kukko2


    Hah, maybe he had a deadman's hand :D
  • FollowTheSmartMoney


    It is weird, but probably neither good or bad.
  • Malendes


    ^ I didnt knew we had so many comedians in here, haha :D
  • Mandator


    .... and nobody couldn't read his soul
  • cardinhand


    Not a bad way to end ones story
  • fonzarelli44


    so the thing i want to know most of all, did he win?
  • Lazza61


    This reminds me so much of 'Weekend at Bernie's" :D