Danny Kass, a 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics silver medalist, defeated five other action sports stars to win the inaugural PartyPoker.com Big Throwdown Championship in early August at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Kass beat out surfer Pat O'Connell, BMX competitor Dennis McCoy, skateboarder Sergie Ventura, wakeboarder Josh Sanders, and FMX competitor Jeff Tilton, after all of them battled their way to the final table through earlier Big Throwdown qualifying events. Kass won $30,000 for his efforts in the PartyPoker.com winner-take-all competition.
The first player knocked out of the final table was O'Connell after 75 minutes of play. McCoy also battled a short stack early in the game, and he and Ventura were taken out on the same hand by Kass.
Tilton took Sanders out of the game next and went heads-up against Kass with a slight chip lead. The two played for 30 minutes before Tilton went all-in with an inside straight draw, but Kass triumphed with king high.
The Grand Finale was filmed to be made into a one-hour telecast which will air Oct. 21 on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN). Each of the six qualifying events will also be featured in 12-minute shorts on "Fusion TV." These segments are scheduled to run from July through September and October through December on the OLN.
For more information about the event, please read PartyPoker.com Brings World-Class Athletes To The Poker Table.