A collection of the world's best snowboarders went all in at the Heavenly High Roller Hold 'Em last Saturday, April 6, 2013, with Tahoe local Chas Guldemond taking home the big cash prize. In partnership with Snow Park Technologies, and hosted by two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, High Roller Hold 'Em combined the thrill of big air snowboarding with the strategy of high-stakes poker.
After drawing an eight of diamonds at the poker table, Ian Thorley won the first hand, landing a Cab 900. Sage Kotsenburg won the second hand with a backside 1080 while Pat Burgener’s backside double cork 1080 won the third hand. Burgener and Kostenburg had the highest chip totals at the close of the first three-hand round, earning automatic entry to the five-man final table.
The remaining eight athletes entered a second three-hand round, with Chas Guldemond’s Cab double cork 1260 taking the first hand, Mark McMorris winning a hand with a frontside double cork 1080, and Eric Willett winning the third hand with a Cab 1080. Willett and Guldemond guaranteed their spots at the final table as the highest chip winners in Round 2, and Gjermund Braaten won the luck-of-the-draw last-chance qualifier round with a Cab double cork 1080.
Guldemond came out on top at the final table by collecting a $23,000 chip pot in the second hand of the final after drawing the king of diamonds and landing a backside double cork 1260. Braaten won the first hand of the final with a Cab 900 but ultimately finished second overall, just ahead of Willett.
High Roller Hold 'Em results
1st – Chas Guldemond
2nd – Gjermund Braaten
3rd – Eric Willett
4th – Sage Kotsenburg
5th – Pat Burgener