Imagine combining the thrill of a high-flying big air competition with the cunning strategy of Texas Hold 'Em poker. Throw in some of the top snowboard athletes in the industry, a live DJ, pyrotechnics, and you've got High Roller Hold 'Em - the biggest party and snowboard competition to ever hit Lake Tahoe.
In this unique poker-style format, each rider will be dealt two cards with each card featuring a different trick. Each rider will then bet on the trick of their choice and must execute the trick during that jump to win that round. The rider that lands the trick with the highest level of difficulty will win that round and qualify for the winner-take-all super final.
High Roller Hold 'Em will return to Heavenly on April 4, 2015 and will be bigger than ever.
This year's competing athletes are ready to throw down the biggest tricks Tahoe has ever seen. Make your bets wisely and stay tuned for additional athlete announcements.
Kotsenburg made history by winning the first gold medal of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in the inaugural Olympic snowboarding slopestyle competition. The 21-year-old also won 1st at the 2014 Grand Prix in Slopestyle, has two X Games Silver medals in Slopestyle, one X Games Bronze medal in Big Air, and placed 4th in the 2013 High Roller Hold ‘Em at Heavenly.
Returning High Roller Hold ‘Em champ, Guldemond, 27, is a Tahoe local looking to defend his title from 2013. A member of the USA Olympic snowboarding team in Sochi, Guldemond placed 5th in Slopestyle in the 2014 X Games Aspen and 3rd in the 2014 Grand Prix in Slopestyle. Having competed in more than 125 professional snowboarding competitions, he placed 3rd in Slopestyle at the 2013 Burton US Open, 4th at the 2013 X Games Aspen, 1st at the 2013 Copper Grand Prix in Slopestyle, and 2nd in Slopestyle at the 2012 Dew Tour.
Morgan, 25, was the first person to ever successfully land a triple rodeo. In 2014, he took 1st at the Spring Battle in Big Air, placed 10th in Slopestyle at the Sochi Winter Olympics, and was 9th in Slopestyle at the X Games Aspen.
Braaten, 24, placed 13th in Slopestyle at the 2014 X Games Aspen. At the 2013 High Roller Hold ‘Em, Braaten came in second place.
Willett, 26, has four X Games medals in Slopestyle, four Dew Tour medals in Slopestyle and one Burton US Open Gold Medal in Slopestyle. Willett placed 3rd at the inaugural High Roller Hold ‘Em in 2013.
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