Torstein Horgmo at the 44th WSOP

- October 8, 2013

From Hucking Over Cliffs to Chucking on Felt

Torstein Horgmo is definitely someone who needs no introduction in the world of snowboarding. The Norwegian pro is acknowledged as one of the best professional athletes in the sport and has continued to contribute immensely to the promotion and development of the sport. In the world of high-stakes professional poker, however, he still belongs to the ranks of celebrity amateurs who continue to troop to the felt tables all around the world as the game whose popularity has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade continues to capture the interest of newer generations of players.

Torstein HorgmoTorstein participated in the $10,000 buy-in, no limit Texas Hold ’em poker main event of the 44th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. As if to mirror the record-breaking achievements of the celebrated snowboarder, the 44th WSOP event also set new records in attendance and various game-related stats, and also saw the participation of many other amateur celebrity players as well. Included in the field total of 79,741 players were actors Jason Alexander, Ray Romano, and James Woods; and athletes such as NBA star Paul “The Truth” Pierce, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Olympic skier Petter Northug, and even reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.

Though Torstein is still a rank amateur in the world of professional poker, he has shown increasing interest in the sport. He says that though he does live for the kind of thrills and chills that only snowboarding can give, he has also taken a liking to the different kind of excitement that professional poker tournaments can provide. He has begun to follow the sport more closely these days and says that he finds poker players a very interesting and very cool bunch of people to be with.

Torstein was able to survive the first day of intense competitions to move on to day 2, but he was unable to make it onwards to day 3. Though he won’t be included in the group of finalists who will compete for the WSOP championship in November, we can be sure that this will not be the last time we’ll hear of Torstein Horgmo competing in a professional poker tournament. With his tenacity, instinct, creativity and nerves of steel, there’s no stopping this snowboarding pro from continuing to wow audiences in poker, especially as Dragonfish Total Gaming Services, the company that creates games for, has already begun developing live poker and blackjack games for in-flight entertainment. With so many opportunities to practice and improve his game, it probably won’t be long before he finds a way to transform his superb triple corks into tournament-winning three-of-a-kind ace-high full houses.

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