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(Watch) How a Kiwi Skateboarder is Grinding his Way to WSOP
New Zealand's Grant Hutchinson has been grinding rails for decades but in a few days he'll be grinding the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas for the very first time.
Scroll down the page to watch the video of Hutchinson crushing Vancouver's Bonsor Pipeline.
PokerListings.com met Hutchinson for a day of bowl riding at Vancouver's Bonsor Skate Park to find out how skateboarding and poker are similar, and what it's like to be days away from the biggest poker tournament of his life.
“Going to the World Series of Poker has been an idea for me ever since I started watching it on TV,” said Hutchinson.
Hutchinson's first time playing poker was at a home game in Vancouver and even though he says it took a while to get the hang of it, the game hooked him in right away.
“Poker's just one of those things that got close to my heart really easily. It grabs you by the heart and makes you stick around.
“I love the one-on-one battles with each player, trying to figure them out. It's just like a skateboard bowl. You have to figure it out. It takes time but you get better every time you do it.”
Colossus Perfect for Players with “Big Hopes and Dreams”
Hutchinson will be playing the much-anticipated WSOP Colossus event, a $500 buy-in mega-tournament that's expected to attract more than 24,000 entries and become the largest live poker tournament in history.
He'll also be playing the $1,500 Millionaire Maker event which guarantees a seven-figure prize for first-place, and the $1,500 Monster Stack event, the deepest low buy-in event at the WSOP.
“I'm really excited about the Colossus event,” said Hutchinson. “It's an affordable price for a lot of players who have big hopes and dreams like myself.
“I'm also really looking forward to the deep-stack event because it suits my patient style of play.”
“I came to Canada many years ago as a photographer for a snowboarding magazine and fell in love with the place. I had a son here and he's six years old now. He's my major focus.”
“I've spent a lot of my savings travelling to and from New Zealand to be a part of my son's life and if I can do well in one of these tournaments it will be life-changing for us” said Hutchinson.
Watch Hutchinson Shred Vancouver's Bonsor Pipeline
Check out the full video to see and hear Hutchinson in action.