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Snowboarder Torstein Horgmo Carves into 2013 WSOP
Norwegian pro snowboarder Torstein Horgmo experienced an entirely new rush yesterday that didn’t involve hucking himself off a cliff.
Horgmo took a seat on Day 1b of the $10,000 buy-in World Series of Poker Main Event. Although Horgmo enjoys playing poker with his friends, he’s never entered anything like the Main Event.
“It’s definitely exciting,” said Horgmo. “It’s a new feeling for me. Snowboarding can be tense but this is a different type of excitement. I like it.”
Horgmo has been an innovator in snowboarding and is widely recognized for pioneering the first-ever Triple Cork. He also has numerous gold medals in X Games big-air competitions.
Horgmo: "Poker Players Aren't That Different Than Snowboarders"
Although Horgmo has played poker for a while in his downtime from snowboarding, he’d never played an official tournament before yesterday.
“I got hit up by PokerStars Scandinavia and they asked me if I was interested in playing,” he said.
“Poker is a fun game to play so I didn’t mind a trip to Vegas, you know. It sounded like a really good time.”
Horgmo has been staying with fellow Norwegian Johnny Lodden and learning how to play the game.
“I don’t really follow poker,” he said.
“I’m starting to follow it more and more though. Poker players are pretty cool guys to hang out with, they’re not that different than snowboarders.”
Horgmo seems to have adapted well to the new situation and bagged 47,250 chips on Day 1b, well above the 30,000 starting stack. He’ll join the rest of the players on Tuesday and attempt to get closer to the money. First place in the tournament is $8.3 million.
Don’t be surprised if you see Horgmo at a few more tournaments in the future either.
“As snowboarders our bodies take a pretty big beating sometimes,” he said. “It’s definitely something nice to do when you’re not riding. It’s a good pastime for sure.”