Shaun White to host Heavenly's Big Air Competition

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Updated: 2/21/2013 12:45 pm
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIF/NEV. (KRNV & -- Heavenly Mountain Resort is partnering with Snow Park Technologies (SPT) and two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White to host High Roller Hold ’Em, the industry’s big air competition.

Fifty thousand dollars are at stake in this casino-inspired event that combines a high-flying big air competition with the strategy of Texas Hold ‘Em poker.

High Roller Hold ’Em will take place on the World Cup run at Heavenly on Saturday, April 6, 2013, with a monster big-air jump created by SPT, which is known for building the world’s top competition venues, including ESPN’s Winter X Games.

In this poker-style format, each rider will be dealt two cards (three in the super final) 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 big cash in the super final.

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shelby jean - 2/23/2013 6:43 AM
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Love these events, but nobody is as exciting to watch as Shaun himself! I am counting the days until the Winter Olympics, Sochi 2014! I'm predicting he wins TWO golds for Team U.S.A. in Russia!

Dogearred - 2/22/2013 12:55 PM
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Like China's Big Air & Style Competition, hosted by Oakley & Shaun White, this riveting competition features one huge multi-storied jump and attracts the best snowboarders on the planet! In stark contrast to the classic "ski jump" of yesteryear, these riders perform acrobatics mid-air and are judged by the difficulty level of the tricks. Canadian rider Mark McMorris can execute a triple cork, three rotations while flipping twice in the shape of a corkscrew, and is one of the favorites to win in this discipline. Shan White, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in snowboard halfpipe, does not compete in big air.

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