Imagine combining the thrill of a high-flying big air competition with the cunning strategy of Texas Hold ‘Em poker. Throw in the top snowboard athletes in the world, a live DJ, and a pyrotechnics show, and you’ve got the biggest party and Snowboard competition to ever hit Lake Tahoe.
High Roller Hold ’Em will take place on Heavenly’s World Cup run on Saturday, April 5, 2014, with a monster big-air jump designed and constructed by SPT, which is known for building the world’s top competition venues, including ESPN’s Winter X Games. 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.
And with a $50,000 prize purse, this competition is no bluff.
The action starts at 4:30 pm on Saturday, April 5 with a live DJ and Big Air Exhibition. Then the top snowboarders in the world take to the on-snow poker table starting at 6:30 pm to bet on who can land the biggest trick.
This high-production, signature night-time event is one giant, unprecedented party for both athletes and spectators so put it on your social calendar today and check out the full schedule of events below…
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm On-mountain pre-party starts with DJ and Big Air Exhibition
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Athlete warm up
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Opening Announcements
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Competition
8:30 pm – 8:45 pm Awards Ceremony
8:45 pm – 9:30 pm DJ and Pyrotechnics show
High Roller Hold ‘Em, which will take place on the World Cup run near Heavenly’s California Main Lodge, is free of charge and open to the public. The event will feature a Red Bull guest DJ, the Heavenly Angels, an exhibition with local athletes, and pyrotechnics. For those who cannot make it out to Heavenly, the event will be available live on ESPN3 Saturday, April 5, and will be aired as a one hour show on ABC’s “World of X Games” the following week.